We are back on the road for 2018 at four major UK carp fishing shows – featuring the FishSpy camera and new specially selected products from our sister company, TF Gear.
Due to popular demand Dave Lane, one of the UK’s most prominent carp anglers, will be attending each and every show with us, giving you the opportunity to meet and chat about FishSpy and carp fishing experiences with the main man himself.
As well as live demonstrations of the camera our experienced team of anglers will be on hand to offer advice, plus answers to any questions you may have. Finally, look out for super deals on the show days!
In running order we will be attending the following events in 2018:
BRENTWOOD CARP SHOW Brentwood is one of our favourites – packed to the brim with all the leading brands and top anglers, Brentwood is a great way to banish the post Christmas blues and kick start your season early. Taking pace at the Brentwood centre on 27th and 28th January 2018, you can pick up your tickets here.
THE NORTHERN ANGLING SHOW The Manchester held NAS is a lot earlier this year – 24th and 25th February to be precise. We think this is a smart move, that should make this great show even better. For more info visit www.northernanglingshow.co.uk
CARPIN’ ON CARP SHOW Launched in 2002, Carpin’On is still going strong. A chilled out show, held at the Five Lakes resort in Essex, Carpin’On is a fantastic experience for carp anglers of every level. Look out for the FishSpy stand on the 17th and 18th March 2018. For tickets and Inquiries tap this link: www.carpinon.co.uk
THE BIG ONE No show calendar can be complete without the Big One! The UK’s busiest fishing show, the super-sized Farnborough based event is being held on 24th – 25th March. We will be there for the third year running! For more info, visit Fish Face Promotions.
What do the carp fishing world’s experts think of FishSpy?
These video reviews by Rob Hughes, Neil Spooner and Hassan Khan shed light on the FishSpy underwater camera – watch them and find out what a FishSpy can bring to your carp angling!
Well know angler, TV presenter of ‘On the bank’ and underwater cameraman Rob Hughes knows a lot about the underwater world. In this review he explains all about the FishSpy camera and why you should use one.
Neil Spooner of Korda talks about using his FishSpy camera during a live Facebook video session. This video provides some useful insights on using the camera to it’s full potential.
Snag found in swim – It always pays to run a FishSpy through your spot before fishing.
PVA mesh bag with boilies – find out how your bait will sit on the bottom you are fishing on.
Check out your swim before fishing – simply cast out your FishSpy on record, then review your footage there and then on the bank.
Clay rubbing spot – It’s a known phenomenon that carp (for whatever reason) like to rub themselves in clay. This spot on the Horseshoe lake is regularly noted for sightings of ‘clayed up’ carp’. A FishSpy was cast out, and the clay bottom with markings from visiting carp was revealed!
Deep water swim mapping in winter bay.
A silty area on Horseshoe – a perfect place to lay the traps?
To see more FishSpy underwater camera footage, head over to our YouTube channel.
Adam Clewer on the Inconsistency of winter sessions and the allure of trying again!!
I am typing this sitting at home, the ﬁre is crackling with several inches of hot embers warming the living room, and Bill my border collie is resting his head on the hearth snoring enthusiastically. I’ve recently returned from another slow session. I say ‘slow’, but this time of year actually necessitates haste, the sun setting so early means there really is no time to waste on 24-hour sessions. I arrived at the lake mid-afternoon, affording myself what I believed to be plenty of time to stroll the water and locate some ﬁsh. How wrong was I?
Nature was well and truly asleep, perhaps in tune with the snoring of my ageing dog. In many ways, this shouldn’t have been a surprise. The previous few days had been so cold that many lakes in my local area were frozen. I’d called ahead to the ﬁshery to make sure this wasn’t the case, and was elated to hear the water was indeed still wobbly. However, it was cold, really cold. Robins were ﬂitting about searching for any morsels of bait dropped by the few ﬁshermen that had braved the elements, but other than that, all was still. The carp were seemingly absent; it was as if they had followed the example of swallows, house martins and wagtails and departed for warmer climates.
Ornithology aside, I searched the water for as long as I dared, the winter sun sinking away behind the trees far too early for my liking. Eventually I settled in a swim that afforded me a large expanse of water; not because I had seen any signs of ﬁsh, purely because it gave me plenty of options. I spread the rods over a wide area, avoiding the tendency to ﬁsh multiple rods on the same spot. A simple spod mix of low-oil carp pellets, hemp, and mixed partiblend created my feed, with two or three Mini Impact Spods’ worth baited accurately on top of yellow Essential Cell toppers and Fruit-Tella pop-ups. I refrained from adding too much bait to the swim, aware that I really had little idea where the ﬁsh were and with the water temperatures so low it was unlikely that a large bed of bait would do me any favours.
The chill of the easterly wind intensiﬁed during the evening, but my warm jacket and spicy fajitas kept it at bay. Eventually, though, I sought the warmth of my sleeping bag and hot water bottle. Unsurprisingly the night passed without a bleep on my alarms, and the following day followed a similar trend. As the sun was setting I admitted defeat, reeled in the rods and headed for home. Unfortunately, that recent experience is not rare for me at this time of year. However, I keep going back! It’s utter craziness to my non-angling friends, but for me even the slow hours can be enjoyable at times. Of course, cold feet and leaking shelters are no friends during the winter months, and as I previously admitted, I now carry a hot water bottle!
Nonetheless, the drive to go carp ﬁshing is as prevalent now as it always was – and long may that continue. One reason I keep going back is that occasionally the carp do feed, and remembering past winters, I know that some of my ﬁnest captures have occurred during the winter months. My recent sessions have yielded mixed fortunes, some sessions JUST KEEP GOING producing nothing but icicles on the rods, while on other trips I have enjoyed numbers of ﬁsh; astonishingly with greater success than during the height of summer at times!
On a recent session at Sandhurst I had a cast around with the FishSpy ﬂoat and located several small spots amongst the weed that ﬁsh had been investigating. I knew that carp had been holding up in the area, as occasionally a slick in the ripple would appear, implying ﬁsh had disturbed some of the bait in the swim. The FishSpy conﬁrmed my suspicions and, with minor adjustments to where I was ﬁshing, turned a slow session into quite a good one!
Where am I going with this? Keep going ﬁshing! The next trip could be that red letter day when the ﬁsh do decide to feed. If you are well prepared with plenty of warm clothes and hot food then a winter night on the bank is far more enjoyable than sitting at home watching TV. Go ﬁshing!
Article reproduced with kind permission of Carp-Talk magazine!
Across the land Carp fisheries are finally waking up and anglers are getting out there with their FishSpy cameras.
We recently came across the following FishSpy YouTube clips – you can watch them in full below! If you have any footage you wish to share, post it on YouTube and drop us a Facebook message! You could be featured on the FishSpy blog as part of this post.
Steve Barrett – Short footage, in a very murky lake, around 6.5ft of water. Visibility is around 1ft off the bottom
Paddy Flint – After finding a bit of a clear spot in a very weedy lake, I thought I would film the rig delivery (it’s not accuracy, it’s not a long cast!)
Squigs – New water main Swim at approx. 50yds with FishSpy
Rich Sainty – FishSpy 4′ off white marker opposite peg 5 – white pop up is mine
Over the next month FishSpy are running a ‘best footage’ competition – with a new TF Gear Airflow bivvy worth up to £329.99 as the prize!
We are searching for the best FishSpy footage out there – whether it is fish, features or simply interesting findings. Entering is easy – read on to find out how!
The latest Carp fishing Bivvy from TF Gear – the newly released Airflow Bivvy. Using quick inflate ‘air poles’ in place of conventional metal poles, the Airflow bivvy allows you to set up as rapidly as possible. Combine with small pack size and reduced weight for easy transportation and stowage, this bivvy is set to revolutionise carp fishing shelters. The winner can choose a one or two man model worth up to £329.99 rrp. Sizes and full specification can be found here.
To enter, simply send us your best FishSpy footage by WeTransfer or upload your footage direct to your own YouTube channel and then email us the link to your video. A full guide on how to do this, and how to get the videos off your FishSpy camera can be found further down this page.
There is no need for you to edit down your clip to the interesting part – we can do that for you!
Click here. Choose WeTransfer free and agree to the Terms. Drag your FishSpy footage onto WeTransfer and enter ”email to” as email@example.com Then enter your own email address and a message stating where in the clip we need to look , with something about the footage. Hit transfer! If successful your entry will then be uploaded onto FishSpy’s Facebook and YouTube.
WeTransfer your FishSpy footage entry!!
Upload your footage to your own YouTube channel. Then email the YouTube video link with a message to firstname.lastname@example.org we can then extract the video and upload it onto our own social media channels so voting can begin.
How to get FishSpy video footage from the camera?
Plug your FishSpy into your PC, computer or laptop with the USB cable supplied. It will show up in your file explorer, where you can navigate to the FishSpy video files. The footage can then be dragged, dropped and saved to your machine.
Plug in your camera with the cable supplied.
Your computer should recognise FishSpy and the files.
Here are your FishSpy videos!
It is also possible to download FishSpy footage direct to your Android mobile phone or tablet. From there, you can upload to YouTube easily. You can find a full guide on how to do this here.
By entering into this competition, all entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
In the event that any entrant does not, or is unable to, comply with and meet these Terms and Conditions and the competition information, FishSpy shall be entitled at its sole discretion to disqualify such entrant, without any further liability to such entrant.
To enter this competition you must be a UK or EU country resident.
This competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary. You may submit as many entries as you wish.
FishSpy reserves the right to cancel or amend the contest or the terms at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on blog.fishspy.com
1. By entering this competition you agree that any footage you submit may be used by FishSpy for purposes related to the ”best footage” competition or other promotion.
2. You hereby grant FishSpy a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence for your entry to be shared and uploaded by ourselves on FishSpy online media channels.
Judging & Voting
3. Our panel of judges will ultimately assess all entries and then select a winner based on Social media engagement by the date 20/02/2017 – namely a combined total of Facebook likes, Facebook shares, and YouTube video views and likes.
4. Once the competition has closed at 4.00 pm on 20/02/2017 the winner will be notified within 7 days.
5. The judges decision is final.
6. FishSpy reserves the right to disqualify entries if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that foul play has occurred. Encouragement of friends, family etc. to like and share entries on social media is perfectly acceptable and encouraged as a way to increase your chances of winning.
7. FishSpy has the right to substitute an alternative selection method at its absolute discretion.
8. FishSpy reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this event at any time.
9. FishSpy does accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any on-line system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any social media interaction being lost or not properly registered or recorded.
10. After the competition, the winner will be able to choose a TF Gear Airflow bivvy in either a one or two man configuration depending on which model they prefer.
11. No alternative products, credit or cash equivalents will be offered.
12. Prize details will be sent to the winner via email within 7 days of the winner being announced.
The FishSpy team are pleased to announce we will be attending a number of the UK and Europe’s leading carp fishing tackle shows during the early part of 2017.
The unique FishSpy camera is one of the biggest products to ever hit the carp fishing scene – there simply hasn’t been anything like this before! So naturally we appreciate you might want to take a closer look at the innovative underwater camera that is becoming an essential bit of kit for carp anglers.
Therefore FishSpy will be on the road this winter and spring, giving you a perfect opportunity to try and buy before the carp fishing season kicks off. So why not come along and see what you’re missing ?
Thinking about buying one, but can’t decide?
Seeing FishSpy first hand will truly open your eyes to what this ground breaking device can offer carp anglers. Discover exactly how it can improve your carp fishing and give you insights you had never dreamed of.
You will be able to speak to FishSpy’s inventors, meet the TF Gear development team, see many examples of actual FishSpy footage and on selected shows talk with Dave Lane, one of the UK’s foremost carp anglers who has been heavily involved in the intensive field testing of this product.
We will be able to answer all of your FishSpy questions and will have plenty of the cameras on hand for you to test and take a much closer look at. FishSpy underwater cameras and accessories will also be available to purchase from ourselves at each show at the new price of £129.95.
Dates: 28th & 29th January, The Brentwood center, Essex.
Packed full of exhibitors from all of the top carp fishing tackle brands, the Brentwood carp show is firmly established as a winter favourite. Make sure you check this show out – what else it there to do in January anyway!?
For more information and ticket prices click here.
Dates: 11th & 12th March, Five lakes resort, Essex.
After 16 years running, Carpin’ On is the UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition, covering all aspects of carp angling and bringing all the biggest tackle brands together under one roof!
Over 90 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and the best entertainment line up of all the UK shows including live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers. This is your chance to meet the FishSpy experts and learn about using a Fishspy camera!
For more information and ticket prices click here.
This is the 5th year of the huge Northern Angling show, and a first appearance for FishSpy in this part of the country! A great opportunity for carp anglers based in the north of the UK to get to grips with FishSpy up close.
The NAS has grown bigger and bigger each year and now boasts the highest footfall of any UK carp show. This year is set to have a record attendance.
For more information and ticket prices click here.
The Big One Date: April 8th and 9th, Farnborough Hants.
Fishface promotions bring you THE BIG ONE! With well over 180 exhibitors, as the name suggests this is simply the largest UK carp show of 2017. This year will see the exhibition jam packed with carp fishing celebs and top tackle marques- just in time for launching your full-on spring carp angling campaign!
For more information and ticket prices click here.
In this new post for the FishSpy blog, Dave Lane looks at an alternative way of using your FishSpy camera to rapidly map out your swim.
Just recently I have discovered a new and interesting way of using the FishSpy camera for mapping out a swim, a method that will give you a quick and easy overview of what is in front of you.
The marker rod need set be set up in a slightly different way to the usual, recommended, FishSpy method.
First thread the lightest lead that will achieve the distance you require (I was using two ounces for sixty yards).
Next slide on a large rubber bead and then firmly attach a size 8 swivel.
To the other end of the swivel you will need to tie a meter long length of a strong and tangle free braid (I used a 35lb coated hook-link material so avoid twisting around the mainline on the cast).
Then you attach the FishSpy (without the foamy) to the end of this hook-link material or preferred braid.
Attach your FishSpy without the foamy.
Before casting you will need to enable the device and set it to record.
You then pick an obvious marker on the far bank and cast, clipping up the spool of your reel to ensure you hit the same distance each time.
The lead should be retrieved at a slow spinning speed along the bottom, stopping briefly every five or ten turns as you do so.
Because the float is being dragged behind the lead on the 1m link it will be held in a flat position a couple of feet above the lake bed and actually film vertically rather than horizontally, thus giving you a forward facing picture and a wider sweep of the entire lake bed.
The lead will also kick up a trail, showing you roughly the softness of the bottom as you go.
Once the float is fully retrieved you can replay the footage and view the lake bed in your swim.
You may need to disable the ‘Screen Rotation’ on your device and turn the device upside down to view the footage up the right way.
The breaks at five or ten turns of the reel will show up as pauses in momentum of the footage and, should you notice a feature worth further investigation, you can work out where it was by replicating the amount of breaks back from the clip.
You can then let the float up and check the area before casting to the float.
Please note, the clips below have no breaks in the retrieve and is a constant retrieve.
You can alter the speed of the retrieve to suit your requirements.
FishSpy would like to point out using your FishSpy without a boom or foamy is entirely at the owners own risk. We also recommend the addition of a weak link at the lead, just in case a snag is encountered.
The FishSpy is one of the most thought-provoking and eye-opening pieces of carp fishing tech. We ask DAVE LANE about why, how and when to use one.
I am fortunate enough to have spent many a year fishing with the use of boats and until you have been out and looked down, it’s hard to imagine, let alone work out, what the substrate and area looks like with any real detail. Of course, markering or leading around are great methods to identify what you’re fishing among but imagine being able to relate the feeling you receive through your rod with a detailed picture of what’s actually there. Well this is as close as you can get to boat fishing without actually getting wet. It automatically boosts your confidence and helps you lead around with much more efficiency. Imagine turning up to a busy day-ticket venue. One of the main problems when following another angler into a swim is whether or not they used a lot of bait. Or is the bait still there? Well one cast and you can identify just what has been left, and this may even tell you that it’s not worth fishing there because of the wasted or rotten bait sitting on the substrate, which could possibly save you a blank session.
Another great reason to use a FishSpy is when prebaiting. Whether you are fishing in the edge or out in the pond, a quick record with the FishSpy will tell you if any of the bait has gone, if you need to top up, or even if you have been wiped out and your rig has been done. This is all valuable information that is vital to any angler’s success. There’s no more guessing, just cast out, hit record and watch it for yourself.
Supplied in the pack is the FishSpy system complete with boom. Simply attach your lead to the boom and, using the metal attachment loop, tie on as you would a normal marker float.
So the rod is rigged up and the FishSpy is ready to pair – how do you do that?
The flight has three positions – unlock, which is for removing the top; locked, which means the flights are secured, and lastly locked but on. This is the position you will select when synching and using your FishSpy device. Select the on function and then take your smartphone and select Wi-Fi on. Within your device you will then have to select Add Wi-Fi Network and then type the exact code supplied on the FishSpy box, which is unique to that model. Once this has been added, every time you use it your device will automatically pick it up. The Wi-Fi function is completely independent and transmits from the orange flights through to your phone. No added data is used, you do not have to be within good signal or have an alternative connection, and, yes, the device works as well in the UK as it does around the world.
Once connected, it is now time to begin viewing. If you are an iPhone owner then there is a FishSpy app to download that makes it even easier to sync and begin viewing. If you own an Android or other smartphone you simply connect to your web browser and write in the URL address supplied – 192.168.4.101.
This is a universal code to access the viewing screen. Once you have entered this in to your phone simply begin typing the number and it will appear. So we are all set up and it couldn’t be easier to use. The video icon represents recording and will be highlighted red. This can be activated before casting out and will supply you with the cast, flight and entry as well as recording everything under the surface. To watch back, simply unclick the highlighted video button, which can only be done when the flights are visible because this is when the Wi-Fi will be automatically reconnected.
Touch the settings button, which is represented by a cog on screen, and this will take you through to your recording. Simply select which video you wish to view; unless named they will remain in chronological order and it will begin to play back. The live-stream function only works when the float is at the surface because the Wi-Fi will not be interrupted. This is ideal for clear water or shallow spots and allows a live view of what’s below. The battery life will allow you to record and watch live-stream footage for four hours. However, the recordings are separated into 30-minute segments, so one and a half hours’ footage will be three segments. The memory allows you to store up to seven hours of footage but can easily be transferred to another device via USB connection.
DO NOT CRACK OFF!
It is imperative after spending your £200 (now £129.95!!) on your FishSpy device that you don’t lose it on your first cast. Always take care, as you normally do, checking for any overhead trees before casting, and not putting it too close to visible surface features. I would highly recommend a strong shockleader material such as the braided variety in either 50lb or 60lb. Start softly and build up to casting at range. Don’t attach it and whack it to the horizon as you would with a normal marker setup, it does fly differently. The larger build will be affected by wind, so take this into consideration, and just take your time.