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FishSpy Best Footage Competition – Win a Bivvy Worth £329.99!!

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!

FishSpy-and-Airflow-banner-1200-x-628We 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 Prize:

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.

The Prize - The TF Gear Airflow bivvy

The Prize – The TF Gear Airflow bivvy

How to enter:

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!

How to win:

Successful entries will be uploaded onto the FishSpy Facebook page and FishSpy YouTube Channel.  From there we will look at the combined YouTube views,  YouTube likes and Facebook shares and likes on 21st February 2017. The one with the most wins a TF Gear Airflow bivvy of their choice.


Example of FishSpy footage – send us your best!!

Sending us the footage

WeTransfer:

Click here.  Choose WeTransfer free and agree to the Terms. Drag your FishSpy footage onto WeTransfer and enter ”email to” as  c.thomas@bvg-airflo.co.uk 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.

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WeTransfer your FishSpy footage entry!!

YouTube:

Upload your footage to your own YouTube channel. Then email the YouTube video link with a message to c.thomas@bvg-airflo.co.uk 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.

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Plug in your camera with the cable supplied.

 

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Your computer should recognise FishSpy and the files. 

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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.

Questions?

If you need technical help when entering you can email  c.thomas@bvg-airflo.co.uk, send us a Facebook message or call us on 01874 612 807.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions:

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

Footage usage

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.

Prize

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.

If you have any queries relating to our terms and conditions please contact: c.thomas@bvg-airflo.co.uk

2017 FishSpy Carp fishing Shows and events

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.

shows-2017aThe 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 ?

show-2Thinking 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.

In running order, the 2017 FishSpy shows are:

Brentwood carp show

brentwoodDates: 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.

Carp Reims France
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Dates: 25th and 26th February, Reims.

The biggest French carp show of 2017! French anglers will be able to see and purchase FishSpy at this huge European carp show.

We feel FishSpy will be of enormous use to French specialist carpers, so this is simply unmissable if you are a French angler looking to give yourself the edge.

For more information and ticket prices click here.

Carpin’ On 2017
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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.

 The Northern Angling Show
northern-anglingDates: 1st – 2nd April 2017, Event City, Manchester.

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
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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.

See you there!
The FishSpy team

For further information please email: info@fishspy.com
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FishSpy Wins Prestigious Total Carp Magazine Award!!!

FishSpy wins total carp tackle awardFishSpy are proud to announce we are the winners of the Total Carp Magazine 2016 Tackle Awards ‘Best Fishing Tech’ product – voted for by you!!

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Total Carp magazine Survey who made this happen.

Full details of the award, and the winners from each category can be found in the January 2017 issue of Total Carp magazine.

Here’s to 2017!!!

FishSpy - Best Tech award winner!!!

FishSpy – Award winning product!!!

Swim Mapping with FishSpy – The Dave Lane way

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

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.

FishSpy Explored – By Dave Lane (Total Carp Magazine October 2016)

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.

WHY?

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.
connecting-your-fishspy4Well 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.

HOW?

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.
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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.

connecting-your-fishspy3DO 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.

Article produced with kind permission of Total Carp Magazine – available from all good newsagents!

FishSpy Price Drop – Breaking News!!

fishspy-low-priceWe have some BIG news for carp fishermen – FishSpy has now been reduced in price to just £129.95!!

How can we do this?

FishSpy has sold successfully in every part of the UK and Europe wherever there are Carp fishermen.

Higher sales volume and increased production efficiency have enabled us to order more FishSpy units from our suppliers, therefore allowing us to take advantage of reduced production costs.  This saving has been passed on to YOU the customer.

So what are you waiting for?

If you were were thinking of buying a FishSpy it’s now time to do so. You can make your FishSpy camera purchase here or from one of our carefully selected FishSpy stockists.

Remember we offer a 30 day money back guarantee! No quibble, no strings attached – we are that confident in FishSpy and what it can offer carp anglers.

FishSpy Firmware Update – Version 1.0

Firmware Update 1.0 – Low Visibility Black and White Mode

This update will enable your FishSpy to use a “black and white mode” allowing for better contrast in low-light conditions.

How to do it?

You will need a desktop PC or laptop running Microsoft Windows 7 or higher, your FishSpy camera and the USB cable that was supplied with it. Then simply follow the steps below. (N.B the screenshots in this guide were taken on a PC running Windows 7). This update will not work with an Apple Mac computer.

Stage 1 – Download the Firmware folder, which can be found here: FishspyFirmwareUpgradeSetup-v1_0_6.zip This contains the installation software and the firmware file itself (In the .DFU format). Check your downloads folder for the files, which will be download as a zip folder.

Inside the zip folder

Inside the zip folder.

Stage 2 – Extract the files from the folder. We recommenced you put the .DFU file somewhere you can easily find it, e.g your desktop. Then run the update software by double clicking it.

Run the installer software.

Stage 3 – The installer software will add an a FishSpy upgrade tool to your PC – look for the icon on your desktop or start menu. Open this up, and you should get the window as pictured below.

Fishspy Upgrade window

Stage 4 – Now connect your FishSpy. Make sure it is switched off, and you are using the USB cable supplied with the FishSpy

Stage 5 – Quickly turn the collar of you FishSpy to the on position – make sure you do this just after you plug it in, between 0.5 and 2.5 seconds after you make the connection with the USB cable.

Stage 6 – Your PC should now pick up your FishSpy; the firmware upgrade tool will appear as shown below. Should your PC not recognise the FishSpy when you do this, look for the driver manually and install it. The default location will be C:\Program Files (x86)\BVG-Airflo\FishspyFirmwareUpgrade\Driver for a windows PC.

Fishspy Upgrade - connectedStage 7 – Click ‘upgrade firmware’. At this point, your computer will prompt you to find and then select the .DFU file. This will have been in with the original download, so look for it wherever you put it (e.g your desktop). Select it, double click and the firmware update will run. Do not worry – your stored videos will not be erased by the process!

Stage 8 – You will get a prompt which says ‘programming complete’. You can then disconnect your FishSpy. Go into the FishSpy settings. You should then find the low light mode mode, as shown below. When You select this your FishSpy will display and record in black and white, giving you greater visibility in poor light conditions.

Select low visibility mode (example Android phone)

Select low visibility mode (example Android phone)

Low light screen shot

Low light screen shot.


Please note:
For black and white mode to work on Apple products, FishSpy must be used via a browser not the App. To use in a browser (e.g Safari) follow the set up for Andriod phones as detailed in the FishSpy instructions.

Need help installing? Please drop us an email: info@fishspy.com or call us on 01874 612 807

Carper’s Kit – FishSpy Camera Review By Crafty Carper

CRAFTY CARPER EDITOR’S CHOICE – FISHSPY CAMERA REVIEW

Ever wanted to see what’s going on below the water’s surface, and even be able to view the lakebed? Well you can now, with this handy little gadget called the FishSpy, and it really is fascinating.

It was back in March when I first saw this gadget at one of the shows, and Dave Lane was on hand to explain it all, and give me some great examples of how it worked for him. A few weeks later a FishSpy dropped on my desk, and it was time to give this bad boy a run for its money.

What you actually get is a purpose-designed marker float that includes a built-in camera. This can then be linked to your phone or tablet to view the underwater image you are filming live, if the float is on the surface, or recording if it is submerged. This link is via Wi-Fi, although the FishSpy can connect to your device if there is no signal. Setting up the FishSpy is really easy thanks to the free app, and is available in for iOS formats, with a browser set up for Android, so suits a wide range of devices.

Set up the float just as you would a normal marker arrangement, although the manufacturer recommends using 50lb braid, and I agree wholeheartedly with this – a very sensible piece of advice. The camera will transmit up to 100m range, is waterproof to 10m, and the battery lasts 7hrs from fully charged. Out on the bank, the FishSpy works just like a standard marker float. Cast it out and reel it down to the lakebed, letting off line slowly until it hits the surface, which tells you the depth. Now hit the record button, and if the water is too deep or slightly murky, and you can’t see the bottom clearly, you can now reel the float slowly to the lakebed. This actually breaks the signal back to your device, but don’t panic. Once you pop the float back up, the connection will re-establish and you will get a recording of what the float saw of the lakebed. This allows you to get a proper visual of weed, silt, or whatever the bottom is made up of, so you can create an accurate picture of what exactly is in front of you.

Casting a fishspy cameraThe other use of the FishSpy was to see exactly what had happened to my baited area. The first time I used it I was tackling a clear gravel pit, and fishing a relatively clear area I’d baited heavily with boilies. The following morning, I hadn’t had a bite, and was intrigued to see if I’d been done by those clever carp. So I cast out, reeled the camera down to the lakebed, and allowed it to rise slowly to the surface. When I watched the playback on my tablet, the camera was roughly 4ft from the bottom, and I got a great view of my spread of boilies, which, as far as I could tell, were left untouched. At least that translated into ‘just one of those things’, as opposed to the fish sussing my rigs; very handy information.

floating fishspy cameraI’ve been impressed with this piece of kit, and the information it provides is brilliant. The build quality seems superb, thanks to time spent developing and testing it, and it’s British, so well done guys. The only downside I found was that I was actually spending more time making little films, and trying to get images of fish feeding than actually fishing, but it was all great fun. If you can spare the money, this is a great bit of kit that will open up a whole new world to you.

FishSpy camera review article reproduced with kind permission of Crafty Carper magazine – July 2016 Issue.

How to download FishSpy video direct to your mobile phone

A question we get regularly asked is how to get FishSpy footage off the camera for social media sharing, or for viewing without having the camera connected via it’s WiFi network.

The conventional way to do this is to connect your FishSpy to a laptop or desktop PC and drag and drop the files.

However this is not always practical, as we usually have a mobile phone or tablet with us when carp fishing, but very rarely a laptop, let alone a PC.

There is however a way to transfer video files direct to your Android powered device, without the need to take your FishSpy home to a PC. You can then edit, upload or watch them at your leisure, even in your bivvy. This guide will show you how to easily transfer FishSpy video to your mobile phone or tablet.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Get hold of a USB to Micro USB adapter – so you can plug your FishSpy direct into your android phone. These are readily available from ebay for just a few pounds.

USB to Micro USB adapters -available on ebay

USB to Micro USB adapters – available on ebay.

2. Connect FishSpy to your phone using the adapter. Note: Ensure the USB lead supplied with FishSpy is plugged directly into the camera, with the adapter section going into the micro USB socket on the phone – see image below.

Connect Fishspy in this way to your adapter.

Connect FishSpy in this way to your adapter.

3. When connecting you should see the red light flash briefly on the FishSpy. Your android phone should then automatically pick up FishSpy as an external storage device, much as it would if connected to a PC or external SD card.

We you connect fishSpy, your phone should recognise it as an external storage device.

When you connect FishSpy, your phone should recognise it as an external storage device.

4. Use an aftermarket app (plenty are available on google play) to locate and the transfer the video files to your phones internal memory or SD card.  We like to use ‘File commander’ but there are many others that work in a similar way.

Screen shots taken from an Android phone via the file commander app.

Screen shots taken from an Android phone using the file commander app.

5. Disconnect Fishspy, then locate and watch your videos. Note: Not all default Android device video players support the .avi format that FishSpy videos are made in. The solution is to pre-install VLC video player for android, which works perfectly for playing FishSpy videos.

Screenshot showing FishSpy footage on VLC player app.

Screenshot showing FishSpy footage on VLC player app.

6. You can now share your video by uploading to Facebook or YouTube! In the case of facebook this is dead easy, Facebook should find the FishSpy video right away when you select ‘photo/video’ when you post. Like-wise, when using your built in YouTube app, uploading is very easy and intuitive.

8. Edit your FishSpy footage – It is well worth editing FishSpy recordings so you can post up a small chunk of interesting stuff. A smaller file is also quicker to upload. This is a bit harder on a mobile than on a PC but it can be done. First you may need to covert your FishSpy video into the Mp4 format, because most Android film editing apps do not support this format. Video Converter or a similar app can do this .

Once converted to Mp4 you can then use numerous video editing apps available on google play, which allow you to cut out the best footage. We have used video editor but there are many others that work well.

Will it work on my phone or tablet?

We tested this successfully on all of the major brands, including Sony, Samsung, HTC, Lenovo and Asus. We cannot guarantee that it will work for every Android device on the market, but there is a very good chance it will! Please be aware this will not work with Apple. Why? Apple software is closed source and notoriously hard to work with, unlike Android.

Need help? Drop us an email to info@fishspy.com

Happy sharing!

How to use FishSpy as feature confirmation tool – Dave Lane

As part of his series on using the new FishSpy underwater camera, expert UK carp angler Dave Lane reveals how he uses his camera as a confirmation tool.

Image: Carp-Talk

Image: Carp-Talk

Personally often use the FishSpy camera as a confirmation tool rather than a general feature finder, like a standard marker float or, in my case, just a heavy lead on a braided mainline.
After casting around the swim and identifying a likely area, I would then clip up the braid onto the spool and retrieve before attaching the FishSpy and re-casting to the clip using the same back marker, as in a tree, bush or pylon.

This way I can keep disturbance to a minimum and reduce the risk of losing the FishSpy on a snag or to a crack off due to repeated and unnecessary casting. Using this process recently, I found what felt like a gravel bar running through an otherwise quite weedy area.

On closer inspection, using the camera float, I discovered that it was actually a sand bar dotted with occasional stones and each stone was completely surrounded by a ring of attached zebra mussels; thousands of the things.

Zebra Mussels in their thousands

Zebra Mussels in their thousands.

Obviously this could be an area where the carp would feed of the natural food but, more importantly, the camera had identified a potential hazard.

Had I been planning to fish the gully at the back of the bar then my line would have been running across a multitude of extremely sharp crustaceans and potentially cut through, or been trapped, if I had hooked a carp.

Simply adding a strong snag leader would alleviate the problem but, if not for the footage, I would not have known this until it was too late.

In the video below Dave Lane uses a FishSpy camera on a winter gravel pit venue, and reveals the true nature of the bottom for the very first time: