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Underwater Camera for Ice Fishing

Post By: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/9/2017 9:23:08 AM     Points: 588    
I'd like some opinions when it comes to purchasing an under water camera for ice fishing. Would you buy one?

I cannot stomach the idea of spending $300 on one for a season that lasts 4 months depending on the year. I love the idea of seeing whats down there because for all i know there could be a monster lurking under me. I keep waking up every morning saying I will go buy one than come to my senses not to. It's a back and forth feeling. :/
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Nov. 9, 6:20:34 PM     Points: 26    
We use one year a round to watch the fish laugh at us!! Last week at a certain hump at Granby the sonar showed lots of fish under us. Jigged for a while with no bites so we lowered the camera to see what was down there. Lots of fish, big fish but they would just look at our jigs and move away. So we moved.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Nov. 9, 6:33:01 PM     Points: 28195    
I picked up a Marcum recon 5 for this upcoming season. I had an older aqua vu in the past. They work great but really if the fishing is good you won't pay attention to them. There good for about 11am when the bite dies off and you get board waiting for the next round. I think of we had cribs and a lot of pan fish it could be very helpful but really it's just a novelty.
 Reply by: cleo      Posted: Nov. 9, 9:16:48 PM     Points: 8    
I agree that it's a novelty but I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It may help you stay alert when the bite is slow bc you see them down there taking a look. It also helps a little to know if they want it moving a lot or a little. But really it's mostly just fun to send a video to your buddies of a pike or bass blasting a waxworm or a picture of 20 crappies that aren't biting
 Reply by: _Colorado      Posted: Nov. 11, 7:45:28 PM     Points: 533    
I have owned two Aqua-Vus over the years ( a Scout II and I can't remember the other model). They were too heavy to haul around with a gel cell battery and all that coax.

After not using a camera on the ice for the last five years or so, I decided to look into small, new models. This summer I bought an Eyoyo from Amazon for $129 - not a big commitment. Let me say it's Way Better than the Aqua-Vu! Comes in a neat little hard suitcase that measures about 7" x 5" x 3" and weighs only a pound or two. It runs on a small Li-ion battery that recharges via the USB and *supposedly* lasts ten hours. I tried it on Pueblo during the day and the picture was amazing. Color too. Comes with 50 feet of something like RG-314 coax, much smaller and lighter than RG-59 of the AVs. Yeah, it's Chinese but how much do you really want out of a camera anyway?

My only complaint was the spool of coax is quite small but it is a perfect camera for any size hut.

Here's the model I bought on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Eyoyo-Original-Professional-Underwater-1000TVL/dp/B0192VX6UI/ref=sr_1_3?s=marine&ie=UTF8&qid=1510454705&sr=1-3&keywords=eyoyo
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Nov. 11, 7:58:51 PM     Points: 26    
 Reply by: _Colorado      Posted: Nov. 12, 8:50:48 AM     Points: 533    
Thank A10FLYR - no clue how to do that on this forum
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: Nov. 12, 11:58:23 AM     Points: 588    
_Colorado

In your future posts when you cope past the link, always remove the "s" from the https://, so next time you copy and paste the link make sure the first part is just [log in for link] without the s


As far as your suggestion goes, I'm not sure this camera is meant for the freezing conditions of ice fishing.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Nov. 12, 12:16:20 PM     Points: 33256    
I have a similar model of this underwater camera and I use it for ice fishing. Itís cool to see how fish react to your lure and what youíre doing. Iíve only used it in shallow water (10-15í) for pike and trout at 11 mile so I have no idea about visibility in deeper water. Also consider getting the remote control tripod that spans over the hole so you can turn the camera without having to do it manually itís pretty sweet.
 Reply by: _Colorado      Posted: Nov. 12, 12:48:23 PM     Points: 533    
Fish4 Colorado

I don't expect any problems used in a hut with humidity. Not sure it would work well in the open at -20F - that I definitely agree with.

Kev-O

Are you referring to the Eyoyo type camera or something else? If Eyoyo style, glad to hear you didn't have any problems.

 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Nov. 12, 1:05:21 PM     Points: 33256    
Yeah the eyoyo. Hereís the tripod too. Itís an aqua-vu.
 Reply by: _Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 1:01:23 AM     Points: 533    
Yup - I plan to use my old Aqua-Vu tripod too. Good photo Kev-O
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 9:55:59 AM     Points: 588    
Kev-O,

Thanks for posting that picture to give me an idea. Only thing I'm worried about is that I might not be able to see anything lets say if i'm fishing in 80fow at Twin Lakes.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Nov. 13, 10:00:44 AM     Points: 1210    
If you are going to get a remote controlled panner, I would go with the marcum. The aqua vus break easily and the holes always freeze up. once the hole is frozen its no good anymore.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Nov. 13, 10:09:15 AM     Points: 28195    
I went with the aqua vu. I like the size of the Marcum but if your fishing on ice covered in water then your panner is under the water. The aqua vu is on a small tripod keeping the motor dry. The aqua vu is also about 20 dollars cheaper. The aqua vu has replaceable batteries where the Marcum is rechargeable. That could be a benefit or a hindrance.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Nov. 13, 1:19:49 PM     Points: 1210    
I thought the same thing, Goose. I have had three over the last 6 years or so. Unfortunately they aren't very durable. If you try to spin it not knowing that the hole is frozen over the gears eventually go out. That or it just breaks. The marcum however has been great for me the last 2 seasons. I haven't been in a situation yet where I had to put the whole thing in water. Usually there is some amount of snow or ice shavings I can build up to keep the motor dry.

Tight lines.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 1:19:59 PM     Points: 588    
Goose, mind attaching a link of your model so I can look it up on the net?
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Nov. 13, 2:20:15 PM     Points: 33256    
Truth be told F4C I havenít used it any deeper than about 15í and using it at 80í for lakers you might run into some trouble with fish tangling in your camera line Iíd suspect. Iíve had one down to 50í with a friend of mine and we could see pretty well. Not sure how it would look at 80í though. Fishing that deep I just use a fish finder. However on the model of camera I bought there is a light on it.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Nov. 13, 2:56:32 PM     Points: 28195    
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That's the one I just bought. I've actually already owned it in the past but sold it to wattzz with a camera.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 3:04:10 PM     Points: 588    
You make a great point Kev-O. I can see me catching a PB laker and getting tangled in the camera and losing it just the way my luck goes.

Goose,

I meant your camera you have. but nice to know what tripod you're using too.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Nov. 13, 3:13:09 PM     Points: 28195    
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The camera. It's super compact and light weight.
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: Nov. 13, 5:42:03 PM     Points: 321    
I have a aqua veiw for sale $200 firm in good shape.
 Reply by: catchem      Posted: Nov. 13, 7:04:25 PM     Points: 31    
I bought a Marcum Recon 5 last winter, it conked out after a few uses. The replacement unit also stopped working after a few uses. Neither unit was abused at all. Fortunately the retailer took it back. Nice little camera if they get the bugs worked out.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 9:05:32 PM     Points: 588    
Jigornaut,

What model?

Goose

Thanks for the link, I really like the camera, wish it was another $99 off.
 Reply by: _Colorado      Posted: Nov. 13, 10:04:02 PM     Points: 533    
The LEDs on the Eyoyo are too bright and all the little particulates in the water obscure visibility. I would not recommend using it deep for a lot of reasons, including visibility.
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: Nov. 14, 7:37:42 AM     Points: 321    
Let me get back to you fish4, with model info, I'm at work at the moment.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: Nov. 14, 12:28:05 PM     Points: 11    
A camera will show you what a flasher is missing. Like when the devils grab the eye end and run off with it. Or they grab onto a piece that dangles without getting the hook into their mouth and then they run with it. Or when they swipe at it with their tails. I've held the line between my thumb and index finger, watch them inhale/exhale the hook and not feel a thing on the line. I have some old videos I made (as in 13/14 years old) that are a hoot to watch. Most are too big to post on here though.

But they are a pain to haul around and set up. They are best suited for use in a hut when you are going to be hunkered down for the day.


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