Since it is the beginning of bow fishing season I feel obligated to tell about some hidden dangers in the bow fishing world.
When shooting bow fishing arrows without the use of safety slides you are taking a chance of getting an arrow kicked back at your face or body. If you tie your string to the arrow at the back of the arrow, upon release, the bowstring can pass up the bowfishing string and half hitch a knot onto your bowstring. This can allow the arrow to fly back at you, sometimes with the point coming right at you. This has killed and injured people. If you are going to just tie the string to your arrow without the safety slide, tie it to the front of the arrow. I highly recommend using safety slides. They're tough, you don't have to worry about that. I've landed 7ft gator gar with the safety slide on the arrow. Always make sure your bowfishing string is not hung up on something on your bow.
Also, if you use a regular style fishing reel, don't forget to push the release button. If you're fortunate enough to get into some real big fish, after you have shot the fish, I don't recommend grabbing the line with your bare hand. Use a good glove, preferably leather. I almost lost a finger and a hand by grabbing a line and wrapping it around my hand with a 7ft gator gar pulling like a truck. That line will cut through you like a knife.
When shooting fast at fish, say rolling gar, keep some distance from your bowfishing partner so that y'all don't shoot each other. I use a cut U-bolt to slide my arrow through to prevent such dangers so that the arrow doesn't fall of a rest and shoot out to the side. The U-bolt also keeps the arrow slide from coming back too far. If you use the arrow slide safety system, always put the backstop by the nock in the upper position. Here's a picture of the cut U-bolt that installed to my bow. They work great.
Have Fun and be safe!