Post By: Fish4Colorado Posted: 11/9/2017 9:23:08 AMPoints: 1258
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. :/
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.
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.
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
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.
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: Goosehunter82 Posted: 11/13/2017 10:09:15 AM Points: 29566
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.