Posts Tagged ‘underwater camera’

It’s St Clair River Smallmouth Time

August 7, 2014

Wayne 5 Plus 08-07-2014Every year we go through a cycle which starts with “ice out” and continues through the summer period we have now where the smallmouth begin to occupy the St. Clair River.  I was out today with Lowell Reich working the St. Clair River and came up with this…a five pound plus smallmouth! Marked Maps Live! customers can log in and see exactly where this smallmouth was caught and under what conditions.  The photo might not be great but this bass was.  It fought every way it could below and above water and provided us with a great moment to share about a day on Lake St. Clair!

2010 Grand Rapids NBAA Thursday Seminar

March 18, 2010

Welcome to the seminar blog for today’s event on the NBAA stage at 6:30pm. If you were at the seminar then the following information will be valuable to be able to follow up with. If you were not at the seminar, you can get caught up on what we covered and perhaps plan on coming to the next seminar on Saturday at 1:00pm.

Professional Non-Boater Survival Kit

Rod Riot on Board

Professional Non-Boater Tackle Tips

Professional Non-Boater Accessories

Getting the Most out of Your Underwater Camera Experience

The SeaDrop Underwater Camera – First Contact With the Environment

SeaViewer™ Underwater Camera – Collect Video Clips of Your Favorite Fishing Spots #1

Sea-Drop(tm) Underwater Camera – First Contact with the Environment

January 30, 2010

If you’ve seen the underwater camera in action before then you’ll have big plans on what you want to go see. If you’ve never used one before then a new world of exploration awaits you. The first couple of trips I spent hours looking at sand, rocks and various species of algae with amazement. The whole thing was about putting together the pieces of my past experiences as an angler with all the assumptions about what I had been fishing and now the reality before my eyes. This world was full of zebra mussels, gobies, rock piles I hadn’t noticed, transitions between different types of weed and then it happened…

I came across my first school of fish which was not totally unexpected but nothing I had read, watched on TV or heard about prepared me for this: schools of drum, smallmouth, rock bass, walleye and white bass all together in one eddy but in separate schools. Prior to this moment, based on time of year, water temperature, depth and current I would have put one species in that spot at a time. This little bit of knowledge gained through the use of the underwater camera launched my confidence in keying on big smallies when other species in the area are being caught.

It wasn’t much after I started using the camera that the experimentation began. To use the stabilizer fin or not to use the fin? OK, found out that no fin added up to no stability. Hey, I said it was an experiment! The head would spin doing 360 degree swings back and forth with an occasional moment of stability. I wouldn’t recommend this after lunch. So when drifting, the fin is on and the camera is steady while I get a look at the bottom structure first hand and continue my quest to understand how the fish relate to it.

To get started I recommend making sure the batteries have a full charge then just go out and have fun. Once the desire kicks in to seek out specific spots some prior planning comes in real handy. Set up your plan to approach the spot before ever hitting the water. Think about what it is about this spot that interests you the most and have your video recording unit ready or pad of paper and pen to record the results. Record every data detail you can think of for future use: Date, time, wind speed, wind direction, water temperature, sky conditions, water quality, depth and leave room for comments. Do all of this and you can build a useful library of each experience to be used at a later date.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

What to Look For in an Underwater Video Camera – Advanced Accessories

January 21, 2010


SeaViewer Underwater Camera Sea-Drop Standard Kit

Sea-Drop™ Video Camera 950
7″ Monitor
150′ Cable
RCA video output connector
I record my video on a Sony mini-DV camcorder

Number 1 Accessory – GPS Video Overlay

One time I came across some boulders with 4 lb. smallies on them in the river with my underwater camera. Even though I turned the boat around and went back I never did find those boulders and those beautiful bass. Apparently I was not able to get the camera back in the right position that day, nor did I do so until five years later. I have since found the boulders and they have become a reliable spot to frequent during tournaments.

It would have been nice to have the spot marked on the first past with SeaViewers SeaTrack GPS Video Overlay unit. This accessory allows me to lay GPS coordinates on my recorded video for viewing later. Under the water the camera passes by structure faster than it would take to reference a GPS/Sonar unit and write the coordinates down for everything you see. Now I can watch the video in the comfort of my home and pause when I find something worth going back for.

SEA – DVR: Mini Digital Video Recorder

As of this writing I’m still storing my video on a mini DV camcorder then transferring it over to my computer or DVD. What I should be doing this year is using the Sea-DVR which gives me both a screen and a method of recording my video on an 80GB hard drive. Recording capacity and the ability to transfer high quality video to other mediums will be easier than ever.

Words cannot describe the value of either of these items. It’s much better to see real video and more on the SeaViewer site.



(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

A Fuel Cell for Bass Fishing Information

January 18, 2010

Energy can be stored in countless ways from the steam engines of old to futuristic storage modules that can power entire spaceships. From then until then the concept remains the same…you can’t leave home without it. Today our lives revolve around liquid fuels, batteries and current flowing through wires which power the tools we use but it’s how we use these tools that makes them effective. If the goal is to catch more and bigger bass then finding a source of power that makes regular success a reality is worth plugging into.

Let’s take a look at some of the staple elements which comprise modern fishing information:

BAIT SELECTION – Vast resources are available to dial in baits which cover both general and unique methods.
CHOICE OF PRESENTATION – Articles, books, TV, videos and seminars bring us up-to-date on the latest techniques.
BASS POSITION (SEASONAL or SITUATIONAL) – The same bevy of articles and such give us advanced information on bass habits
WEATHER REPORTS – The variety of information and technology is intense. Some information gets as detailed as winds and water temps from buoys in the field. This information covers both recent and real time data (today’s personal technology make it possible for it to be delivered in real time).
MAPPING – Mapping continues to hit new heights in detail and on board delivery systems.

This list gives us a good meat and potatoes array of tools to create a plan and execute it on the water but will this plan be accurate? Will it be flexible? We know where to get gas to fuel our tow vehicle and boat, we know which batteries energize our GPS and sonar but where is the fuel that brings our fishing information to life?

Here are some examples of bass fishing information energy we can use to power our plan for a successful fishing day: Call in fishing reports, personal log books, your best friends report from his day on the water, and Marked Maps Live!


* Call in fishing reports – These can be very helpful and when combined with all the other resources can make for a good day on the water. STORED ENERGY – About that of a single 9V battery

* Personal log books – I recommend that everyone keep a personal fishing log, I have some going back up to 15 years. These can give us key spots to hit or miss based on historical activity but they are not sortable and require skill on the part of the user as to what information is relevant. A personal log kept on a spreadsheet or database has more power yet it is still limited by the experience of one person. STORED ENERGY – Plugging into a 120V socket on the wall with a cord

* Your best friends report from his day on the water – This is the first level of information yet with real power. Since you’ve fished with your friend his habits, choice of bait and fishing style and location is familiar to you. His information comes from a recent experience on the water so this “live” data can have a real and direct impact on your trip out. He can only tell you about the spots he’s been to though. STORED ENERGY – A tankful of gas to get you where you need to go

* Fishing Spot Specs (FSS) and Marked Maps Live! – Both of these information services relay large amounts of stored historical data along with a broad range of fishing reports. In the case of FSS a powerful search engine can bring historical and recent reports together and with MM Live! a range of reporters deliver recent data on 27 individual map segments on Lake St. Clair. Both services dial in on spot specific data with a variety of strong information enhancements to help you interpret the results for use in planning the best day you can have on the water. Internet technology and cell phones make the potential for this information to be as real time as it gets. STORED ENERGY – Nuclear

So now it is possible to combine all of the above types of fishing information to reach the best possible result from your planning and for your execution of that plan on the water. The resulting arsenal to take out there with you can be:

Call in fishing reports, personal logs, best friend, and Marked Maps Live!

Results – limitless!

(c) Wayne Carpenter