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Old 01-24-2019, 09:23 AM
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Does anyone use some of the underwater cameras to spot fish or look for new spots. Itís seems like a good idea but may not work to well.

I know Lowrance has a plug in, has anyone used it.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:26 PM
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I was just thinking about this. I know people hold GoPro's on a stick under the water to look at dolphins but that's not in real time. I found this: https://www.starmarinedepot.com/aqua...8aAgqPEALw_wcB

And this: https://www.overtons.com/product/det...AaAlASEALw_wcB
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
Does anyone use some of the underwater cameras to spot fish or look for new spots. Itís seems like a good idea but may not work to well.

I know Lowrance has a plug in, has anyone used it.
I have a 100' cabled camera. Yell thi g you find online.
pluses
You can drop it over when stopped to see what's down there in CLEAR water.
Easy to pull up and stow in a small bucket.

minus
VERY vis sensitive
cant use under any but the slowest power.

I've not used in Keys yet but I have 4 channels so might add a permanent down view.

I also wish I could hang a camera on a kite, balloon, or mast for a lookdownsince no tower yet.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:34 PM
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I use my go pro almost every time I fish a new spot.

Drop it down on a weighted line, wait a few minutes, bring it back up.

If I see the life I'm looking for I'll stay and fish, If not I'll move to the next spot.

Here is one of the videos:


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Old 01-24-2019, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Edselectric1 View Post
I use my go pro almost every time I fish a new spot.

Drop it down on a weighted line, wait a few minutes, bring it back up.

If I see the life I'm looking for I'll stay and fish, If not I'll move to the next spot.

Here is one of the videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C4bWLeOSJw
That's just brilliant, I like the way the fish come up to investigate!
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Iíve used one for about 25 years, it will give you a whole new perspective on whatís going in down there.
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Originally Posted by ondarvr1 View Post
Iíve used one for about 25 years, it will give you a whole new perspective on whatís going in down there.
What model go pro and waterproof case is recommended?
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Originally Posted by Edselectric1 View Post
I use my go pro almost every time I fish a new spot.

Drop it down on a weighted line, wait a few minutes, bring it back up.

If I see the life I'm looking for I'll stay and fish, If not I'll move to the next spot.

Here is one of the videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C4bWLeOSJw
Drop a chum bag down with it!!
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:24 PM
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I've used the portable version and the "fish" version on a 100' cable wired directly to my Garmin 8212. Worked pretty good. As mentioned, vizability is the only issue I had.

Aqua-Vu Viewing Systems
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The go pro footage looks great.

check out this camera, saw a video and it looks good, you can also spin it 360 remotely when itís on the bottom.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/360-Degree-...FBxPkeRBTAI67A
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Originally Posted by Prassa View Post
I've used the portable version and the "fish" version on a 100' cable wired directly to my Garmin 8212. Worked pretty good. As mentioned, vizability is the only issue I had.

Aqua-Vu Viewing Systems
I've got one of these but haven't used it offshore yet. Do you have any problems with bigger fish trying to eat the camera fish?
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
The go pro footage looks great.

check out this camera, saw a video and it looks good, you can also spin it 360 remotely when itís on the bottom.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/360-Degree-...FBxPkeRBTAI67A
Zip tie a waterproof flashlight to that thing?
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
The go pro footage looks great.

check out this camera, saw a video and it looks good, you can also spin it 360 remotely when itís on the bottom.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/360-Degree-...FBxPkeRBTAI67A
just get the camera if you have video inputs to your mfd. Or get the fold down screens made for SUV. Or TV for that matter. Needs to be mounted. You don't want something like that sitting out in the open.
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We tried this years ago with an Aqua Vue system. At least in SWFL we are severely limited by water clarity. Half the time we can't even see our bait in the livewell our water is so dirty.
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Originally Posted by Rip_in_NV View Post
What model go pro and waterproof case is recommended?
I use an Aqua Vue, never used my Go Pro for this.
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nope none at all [have fish try to eat it]
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:35 AM
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One thing I dont understand is why they make it look like a fish.

I would NOT send down chum either mine.

What i would really like is one that spins slowly around to give a 360 view. During the day lights on these things are not nearly bright enough to make a difference. For that you need serious wattage for more than a few feet from camera.
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Originally Posted by offshore3144 View Post
Drop a chum bag down with it!!
That's a GREAT idea!!! I'll try it the next time I go out and follow up with the video.
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Originally Posted by wshtb View Post
Zip tie a waterproof flashlight to that thing?
IP68 good luck with this. Devices backed by an international standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.
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