Cookie “Spitfire” Brown
Bowfishing and the fun it brings is such a blast! an adventure all in itself. I am so excited to share the story of a woman I actually had the privilege to meet this past year while bowfishing stingrays in Panama City. Let me tell y’all! From the moment I met this lady, it felt like home. She has what I call good vibes all around her and she is what I consider perfection in regards to what a sportswoman is. It’s no secret that I am no highly skilled bowfisher, but I very much enjoy the sport when I can. From the moment I got on the boat, Cookie was a voice of encouragement and really helped me throughout out the night as we ventured into the bay. So here she tells us a little bit more about herself.
I’m a mother a wife, I have two children and we have nine grandchildren. I never did alot of hunting previously, I just started when I was 50. On the other hand, I’ve always bowfished and I love it and anybody that wants any advice I’ll be happy to give to you or if you just curious and want to ask questions.
When I was a small child I fished with my dad. It was later on in life though that my love for bowfishing started. That being 27 years ago when I met my husband Jeff who taught me to bowfish.
What’s your favorite to catch?
Anything you can eat. There is a few things still on my bucket list to bowfish, but stingray is a good one.
We had been bow fishing about 6 hours hadn’t seen much. I have been shooting 25 years. Sometime around 3:00 a.m I said let’s go in and call it a night. Out of nowhere all the sudden I hollered slow down here and she came, a monster ray. I knew she was over 100lb and sure enough I shot and had a friend that was with me come in with the backup shot and we got a 102lber.
What would be your first advice to give someone about fishing?
I would say you’re never too young or old to try anything fishing, hunting wise. It doesn’t matter and we both meet a lot of people don’t want to do it because they’re like it’s too hard to pull back. On the contrary, we have taught our grandchildren from the age of 4 and I’ve taught 70 year old the same. So never give up And always listen to the advice of someone that knows what they’re doing.
Also all stingrays were debarbbed and returned to the wild. The injury from the bow does not kill them due to their physical make up. However you can eat stingray fried!