Filming Yourself Fishing
I’m sure many of you are better at this than I am!
I’ve been playing around with this for a few years and it’s a difficult endeavor. Casting and reeling and catching fish while the camera is rolling and, hopefully, capturing all the action is not an easy thing to accomplish, that’s for sure, especially when you, the one doing the casting and the reeling and the catching is also the one doing the filming!
It can be done. And it can be done well.
Probably not by me, mind you, but by those of you out there who have better mastered the art of “self-filming” your great fishing moments. I’ll keep trying. It’s fun! And, it’s rewarding to come back with something to show the world – hey I caught a big one! Sure you did! Hey, I can prove it, now, it’s all right here on film! Modern technology is pretty amazing indeed.
The Go Pro camera– ah the Go Pro – what a perfect little deal for doing this! Of course there are other cameras out there that are perfectly suitable for filming your fishing adventures as well. Lots of others, actually, with more and more entering the market each year it seems. But the Go Pro is the camera I started doing this “self-filming of my fishing trips” with, and it works well – very, very, well actually. And I’m not the one to try to fix or cure a problem if I don’t have one! The Go Pro camera is ultra-small, super light weight, and there are myriad high-quality mounts, brackets, attachments and various gizmos that you can use to help you film your own fishing trips.
There are head-strap mounts that are great for filming while your fishing – this is the only way to go when shore fishing. There are also various types of mini-tripods and poles that you can use on whatever fishing vessel you use – whether that be a high-end bass boat or an old Jon boat. Whatever you fish out of, with a little head scratching and brainstorming, you can most likely figure out a way to rig up one of these cameras on whatever boat you use so that you can film your own fishing trip, where you’re the star.
And those little Go-Pro camera are tough!
I use mine not only to film my fishing trips but also some of my hunting trips. I’ve found them to be a very versatile and reliable camera system regardless of what I am trying to film And the quality of the film is stellar (no always when I’m self-filming my trip because of my own issues with framing and keeping the thing steady! But, when proper photographic technique is used, the Go Pro’s get the job done and with high-quality results).
I like the Go Pro cameras because not only because of the quality of the media they produce and their reliability but also because they are part of a system of other components: head straps, poles, mini-tripods, brackets, clamp mounts, etc. Whatever you need to rig up and mount your camera, Go Pro seems to have the job covered. The quality and ease of use and integration of their products with all the other products seems very streamlined and easy to use. I currently use the Go Pro Hero 3 with a head strap mount and a waterproof housing – as mentioned this setup is great for shore fishing.
I also use the Gooseneck mount on my bass boat. I have the base of it stuck on my windshield and my Go Pro Hero 3 in the waterproof housing goes right on the top. For my kayak fishing, I have the camera in the waterproof housing and attached to the end of their 3-way mount, which is a flexible pole that sticks right in my fishing pole holder. I can’t recommend this rig, however. It’s just what I happen to have and it works…well kind of! The three-way pole mount isn’t meant to fit in the rod holder of my kayak and I have to kind of wedge it in there to get it to stay and it’s not straight when it’s in there! This year I will be going to a pole that is actually designed to mount onto the kayak itself.
I also sometimes use that Gooseneck mount on the front of my kayak – I’ve got a mount for the base of it stuck onto the front access storage lid of the ‘yak. With all of these setup I usually use a Go Pro Smart Remote to trigger start and stop the camera when needed.
This works super. The only downside is that it does take some battery juice to run for extended periods. I usually take two spare batteries with me which will suffice to film an ALL DAY fishing/filming trip!
Whatever camera you might decide to try I encourage you to do so – give self-filming a try and go out there and capture some of your own great fishing memories on film for the world to see!
And – let us know how it goes!