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.
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.
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!