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pcbassking
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:23 PM 05/03/05 (CST)
Hi,

I am thinking of purchasing an underwater camera to locate Deep Water Bass and Panfish. The Aqua Vu Scout model. I think that it will help me answer the question of: What the heck are the fish on my FishFinder? Does anyone think this is a bad idea. How well do these things work??? I dont want to throw my money down the drain so if you know anthing at all about these things I would appreciate your responses.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:29 AM 05/04/05 (CST)
Hey, pcbassking,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

Never really used any cameras before. I know my pal has one. I heard that they work well as long as the water is relatively clear. We tried one in a stained lake and we could not see anything with it, yet the guy who brought it said it worked well in Mille Lacs.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:26 AM 05/04/05 (CST)
Welcome to PCBASSKING---- Just my 2 cents worth on the Aqua Vu underwater cameras- They work great if you keep expectations in the realm of reality. As Webdude said, they are pretty useless in seeing dark/murky/stained water as there is no light penetration to pick up. However, in waters that allow you to have enough light penetration to see they can be a really good tool. The biggest strength they bring to the table, in my opinion, is that allow you to become much more accurate at reading you depth finder/sonar/electronics. You can see something on you depth finder (fish, weed types, rocks, fish cribs)--put down the camera and see what it is. In a short while you don't need the camera as much since you can start to more quickly and accurately read the depth finder. You learn pretty fast what a rock/brush pile/ cabbage weeds/ 10 pound pike/etc looks like on your finder. It also can help if you have trouble identifying a fish species. Let's just say that it is a little humbling to jig for a school of walleye you have marked with no action for 20 minutes and then to drop down the camera and see you are jigging for a school of suckers! Your fishing buddies will make that a hard one to live down. With that in mind, my experience is they are worth the money if you fish waters they can be usable in and they are used to gain knowledge that enables you to fish more effectively and efficiently for your targeted species. Good luck!

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PS--the limitation of seeing into dark or murky water raises a great question for me---does anyone know of technology available on the market that would put night vision capabilities on an underwater camera thus enabling someone to see underwater in the dark?
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:03 PM 05/04/05 (CST)
All of the new cameras come with IR lighting and you can see at night, of course the multi colored bright lights spook fish in my opinion. The only 2 lakes I do not use it on are LOW or BS.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:06 AM 05/05/05 (CST)
Thanks Everyone For Your Help.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:30 PM 05/06/05 (CST)
Pierbridge mentions the use of the lights on some models that allow seeing in a darker environment. My experience has been similar to his in that the lights tend to scare fish away. I am wondering if there is some technology on the market that uses something similar to the night vision used by military optics. This would not involve the use of lighting. It may be that it is not usable under water. It may also be that viewing a cold blooded species will not be usable in the way viewing warm blooded species are. If there is something out there that is effective in this area I have not seen it yet, but, think it has great potential if it could be developed, or is available out there somewhere. Has anyone seen anything along this line?

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:42 AM 05/07/05 (CST)
I have an aquaview. Works well periodically for icefishing. I have a hard time finding lakes that are clear enough for the camera to actually benefit me. I usually fish in fertile, low visibility central mn lakes. I have found the device to be utterly worthless for open water fishing. Perhaps this is because I fish either fertile or mineral stained lakes only. I cant seem to catch walleyes in clear water, so i scurry off to low vis lakes.
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