The Allgood family goes bow fishing with the Marsh Masters at night
NATCHEZ — When most people think of a father-son fishing trip, they imagine a nice summer day filled with fishing poles and lots of Coca-Cola. But Jimmy Allgood and his son Justin Allgood like to put a little twist on things.
Jimmy has been taking Justin and a few of his friends down to Leeville, La., to do a little bow fishing with the Marsh Masters’ Captains Darel and Dan Bryan.
Justin said he was uncertain about the trip his first time on the marsh with his father.
“My first time going was about 8 or 9 years ago,” Justin said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because I had never been night fishing.”
Now, several years later, Justin gets on the airboat with his father with excitement, and they begin their hunt at sundown in the marshes of Leeville.
“We’ll leave around 8 or 9 p.m. and will usually come back around one or two in the morning,” Justin said.
Some may think being out on the water when it’s pitch black may be a little spooky, but Jimmy said it is the exact opposite.
“The lights on the boat reflect off of oyster beds and 20-inch Redfish. They almost light up like a red light,” Jimmy said.
Justin said the scenery amazed him when he first went bow fishing, and it still amazes him every time.
“When you see the light coming off the boat, the way the water looks, it is something I had never seen before,” Justin said.
Bow fishing allows the Allgoods to shoot Redfish, Sheepshead fish and Alligator Gar with a bow and arrow instead of baiting fishing lines.
Jimmy said catching these types of fish makes the experience even greater.
“Each individual only gets to catch five Redfish, five Sheepshead and five Alligator Gar,” Jimmy said. “(They are all) a delicacy cooked on the grill.”
Justin said he enjoys the adventures of hunting the fish just as much as putting them on the grill.
“Shooting fish at night on an air boat is one of the most fun things anybody can do in the outdoors,” Justin said.
After Justin’s many experiences on the airboat, he said he knows just how to get the fish he wants.
“With the bow, there is a special way you have to shoot the fish, you have to aim lower,” Justin said. “It usually takes someone an hour to get five fish, but it only takes me 45 minutes. I’m really proud of myself.”
Jimmy said they never get bored with going bow fishing after all these years.
“It’s a trip that is awesome, rewarding and folks will go back year after year,” Jimmy said. “I’ve been doing it with my son for almost 10 years.”
Justin said he would encourage anyone to take a shot at it.
“It’s something you need to put on your bucket list,” he said. “You will never forget the experience.”