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POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 6:17pm

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It might not be what comes to mind when you think of fishing, but more and more East Texans are starting to take their bow and arrows out on the water. Bowfishing has been around for centuries, but it has just recently started getting more attention.

Logan Bishop lives in Jacksonville and has been bowfishing since he was twelve. If the choice is between a bow and arrow or a rod and reel, for him, the answer is easy.

"It's not just sitting there with a bobber," Bishop said. "You can actually see if there is a fish or not, there's just more action in it."

Bishop says using a bow and arrow is much more satisfying than traditional fishing or gun hunting.

"It's a lot harder," Bishop said. "So the reward is a lot better than with a gun."

Bishop manages a hunting store in Jacksonville called Outdoor Connection and says in the last five years, their business has taken off. From TV to movies like "the Hunger Games," the appeal for archery is higher than ever and Bishop says this is only the beginning.

In an effort to grow the sport, Bishop and others are holding a bowfishing tournament on Saturday. It's called "I bowfish too" and it focuses on including kids and women and getting more people interested. In order to participate you must have a child under 16 or a woman inside your boat.

The tournament will be at Martin Creek State Park from 10 to 4 p.m. and will finish with a fish fry and awards. The entrance fee is 25 dollars.

If you are interested, call Outdoor Connections at (903) 586-1204.

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