Selecting an underwater ice fishing camera
Likewise, while the first underwater cameras began to offer additional hints as to how fish relate to structure and respond to baits, today’s camera systems provide anglers with an unprecedented level of picture clarity and detail, portability, and ease of use. Here are some tips for selecting the best underwater camera system for two common ice fishing situations.
The most successful hardwater anglers are those that are mobile, constantly hunting for active fish. Mobility on the ice demands gear that is easily transported, particularly during the first ice period when heavy gear gets left on shore. For these, or any times when an ice angler operates in search-and-destroy mode, the Aqua-Vu Micro 5 is the perfect choice for underwater viewing. This camera system packs a host of powerful features into an incredibly small package, easily fitting into the front pocket of your favorite ice fishing bibs.
There are times, however, when weather conditions or a precision bite demand that we hunker down in a portable or hard-sided shelter. When space and portability are not primary concerns, I opt for a different camera system with a larger view screen so I can share the excitement of the underwater world with my kids or others in the shelter. At these times, the Aqua-Vu 760 cz system, with its 7” LCD monitor, becomes my underwater camera of choice.
I position the camera optics, housed within in a sunfish-shaped “decoy” to avoid spooking wary predators, using the Aqua-Vu Mo-Pod to ensure that I have both hands free to fish when the mid-winter crappies start to crash the weedlines. The versatile camera body allows for traditional horizontal viewing or for down-viewing, allowing me to position the optics above the feeding zone and see fish interacting with my bait from all directions.
Aqua-Vu Micro 5
Best for: Mobile ice fishing missions
• Key features: Pocket-sized portability
• Incredible detail and clarity from 1 MP optics
• Lithium ion battery for long life
• 8 GB DVR for easy video recording and sharing
• Must-have accessory: Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case (available in December)
Best for: Position fishing within shelters
• Key features: Large 7” LCD viewing screen
• Sony CCD optics housed within stealthy decoy
• Convenient, sealed 12V (9 Ah) power source
• Video-out port for video sharing
• Must-have accessory: Aqua-Vu Mo-Pod
Aqua-Vu camera systems provide anglers with powerful technological tools to better understand fish habitat and behavior, resulting in more successful and enjoyable hard-water adventures. Choose the right Aqua-Vu system for your style of fishing, and enjoy the show!