Gen-X Cuda Bowfishing Bow

By Brodie SwisherJuly 11, 2017

I recently had the chance to play around a bit with the new Cuda bowfishing bow from Gen-X. Gen-X is an affiliate of Genesis, makers of the world’s easiest and most user-friendly bows for beginners. I used the Genesis bows years ago for bowfishing due to their simplicity, and the fact that everyone in the boat could use the same bow. It was a perfect, one size fits all kind of bow for my whole family. Now, those same user-friendly features have been beefed up and built into what is the all new Cuda bowfishing bow.

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The Cuda Bowfishing Kit.

Beefed Up For Bowfishing

The Gen-X Progressive Let-Off technology is nothing knew for the company, but applying it to the bowfishing world just made perfect sense. It’s really a natural fit. The Cuda is beefed up with corrosion resistant stainless steel components for battling the elements on the water. The bow also delivers some beefier draw weights to cover a range of bowfishing conditions with a draw weight range from 25-40 lbs. Big fish and deep water are no problem for the Cuda.

gen-x cuda

The Cuda features a cool blue camo color scheme.

Specs on the Cuda

Specs on the Cuda include: 35 1/2″ axle-to axle, 7 5/8″ brace height, 25-40 lbs. adjustable draw weight, 21-30″ draw length, and 3.4 lbs. mass weight. The Cuda is available in right or left hand models.

With  an effortless draw-cycle, you can easily hold the Cuda at full draw, yet it’s perfectly suited for snap shooting at fast-darting fish as well.

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The Cuda Bowfishing Kit

I always have people asking me about purchasing a simple and affordable all-in-one kit to get started in bowfishing. And this bow definitely meets that demand. The Cuda bowfishing kit has everything you need to hit the water, right out of the package.

cuda bow with arrow

A fiberglass arrow from Fin-Finder is included in the bowfishing kit.

The kit includes a Zebco 808 Bowfisher reel pre-spooled with 200-lb. line, a fiberglass arrow with safety slide, arrow rest and finger savers. Seriously, you can simply buy this bow and go to the water. It’s ready to roll.

zebco bowfishing reel

The Zebco reel features a big, tough handle for smooth retrieving of your arrow…and fish.

The Zebco reel features an indicator that shows you whether or not you have pushed the button on the reel to release the line. Failure to push the button on a spinner reel will cost you shots on fish. And it’ll drive you crazy. This indicator allows for a quick and easy reference. Red means no, and green means go. The red and green indicators are not actually lights, so don’t expect to look down in complete darkness and see red or green. But the deck lights on the front of the boat seem to be enough to allow you to see red or green. The bottom line, mash the button ahead of time. You won’t have time in the heat of the action to check for red or green.

Zebco reels have a huge fan base in the bowfishing community. They have been around a long time and have stood the test of time. It will be interesting to see how this newer version holds up to the rigors of bowfishing in the days ahead as ample abuse is dished out.

zebco reel top

The red indicator shows that the button on the reel has not been punched.

zebco reel green light

The green indicator shows that the reel’s button has been punched and is ready to go.

Overall, this is a great bowfishing rig that will no doubt meet the needs of any bowfishermen at any skill level of the game. It’s light, comfortable to shoot all day, and fits shooters of all sizes and strength. It’s a great all-in-one kit that rings up right around $300.

Great bow, killer price. Check it out at

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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