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Old 03-16-2007, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody use or own a aqua view or other name brand under water camera. Just wandering if it would be worth having. I am new to fishing lakes. Thought it might help me understand underwater structure if I could see it in person and on the sonar.

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Old 03-16-2007, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are really big here in MN. They are built by the same company that started building our products. They are great for ice fishing but kinda hard to see when on the water running. Sorry lol. They use them here alot more now from boats were you use your regular electronics to find the spot and then stop and sit there and then they look. They are really pretty cool to watch.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where are you planning to fish? To take advantage of underwater camera systems you need to have good visibility. Several pro's that I know used underwater camera systems to prefish lakes. They find fish on structure and validate that the sonar signals are in fact bass, without catching any of them.
The best way to know what a sonar signal is showing is to see it and a camera can help with that. I do not own a camera system because I'm not a tournament bass fisherman looking for that edge. Whenever a lake is drawn down and structure is exposed, you should photograph areas of interest. Then when the lake has covered the structure you can look at the pictures and the sonar returns to get familiar what looks like what. If you plan to fish off shore deep structure, and the water clarity is good, then a underwater camera may be a good investment. If the water clarity is average or poor then all you may see is light reflecting particulates, like looking at snow falling through binoculars. Have you ever hunted using a rifle scope when snow is falling? A scope is a great tool in good light, worthless in poor ilght, unless it's a night vison model. Same is true with underwater camera.
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oldschool that is very true. I have seen some anglers in the past few years and when they get to spot they pull out books with pictures in them that they took when the levels were at different levels and it just through me for a loop at how good they do by doing this. So yes knowing the lakes at differnet levels is a great thing to do.
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. I do tournament fish, but not hardcore. I just want to get better. I fish reservoirs in the south east, mainly. Most are power lakes. For the most part they are very clear to stained. I struggle with the sonar. I think if i knew what exactly was down there I would get a better understanding. I just didn't know if anyone had used them. I am looking at the Aqua view scout xl , about $280 100feet of camera cable and 7inch screen. Anyway, I really appreciate the fast replies at this web site.
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You might want to invest in a book on sonar.
http://www.iovino.com/donbook.htm
Finesse Bass Fishing and the Sonar Connection by Don Iovino is a good tutorial on how to use sonar.
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Ps; Ouachita is very good with sonar questions, you may want to ask Jim about some specific questions you may have.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have started to use a camera, need to do more pratice. As Tom said it teaches you how to read the bottom by showing you what your sonar "sees". The other thing it can do is tell you what the specie of fish is & if they are chasing bait the sonar is not picking up. Rodney
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I own the Atlantis camera. It is a great set up and is all self contained in an one box (Battery, etc). For tournament fishing I think it gets in the way and a bit of a pain, but for pre-fishing it is a great asset. I have seen certain Aqua Vue cameras at Menards for under $100.00. I would question how good they are, but the price is great. MIKE
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If I could show you how to charge the battery onthe camera from your boat would that get your interest?
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Rodney what camera do you have? Model etc... and Mike tell me more about your camera, I have not bought one yet but was about to order one. I was going to order the Aqua view scout xl. 7 inch b&w screen. 100 foot camera cable, battery and charger. About $279. but, I'm open to suggestions of different models or name brands.

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