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chumbucket
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Mon May 07, 2018 7:25 pm
I've posted before about dropping a go pro to the bottom to see what's going on down there. See this old thread for details:
http://saltwatercentral.com/ftopict-43968-.html

I still use the set up described in that thread, but found I got better footage if I reduced the height of the PVC by 6". I've tried less cumbersome devices that you hook to a rod and lower down, but they spin/bob up and down and don't give as valuable of information IMO.

Anyway, I thought I would re-visit this topic in case it helps someone. I find most of my spots by watching my sonar and trying new spots that look promising when running. They don't always produce. Some spots I delete, others I try again. The video helps me decide which get deleted and which get a second or third chance. Before leaving a new spot, I drop my go pro down for footage. It helps me understand what I'm seeing on my sonar and if that spot is worth trying again next time out.

Case and point: I'm flying the anchor at 18 knots last week moving between 2 proven spots in about 125' of water. On the sonar I see fish holding tight to some hard bottom with a little ledge. I circle back and anchor up and fish for 20 minutes without putting anything worthwhile in the boat. Before leaving, I drop the camera down to see what was going on. Was I wrong to have tried that spot? Or were the fish there but not actively feeding at that time? You be the judge

https://youtu.be/5W4Xr1rEcUI

Pretty cool if you ask me.
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Mon May 07, 2018 7:33 pm
I've been doing the same by attaching a gopro to mule line and dropping it down with a small mushroom anchor. Similar results.
https://youtu.be/KCDh2SF6G6I
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Mon May 07, 2018 7:37 pm
This is very, very cool. Great idea.
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Mon May 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Lionfish, lobster, hogs, scamp.

I'd definitely be giving that spot another try.
  
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FrankieB
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Tue May 08, 2018 2:35 am
Looks great ! Thanks for sharing. I'm hoping to start spear fishing a bit this summer. I'll try this with the go pro next trip.  
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Tue May 08, 2018 4:48 am
I do the same thing except I attach the GoPro to my mask and I go shoot the grouper and hogfish and grab the lobster. Take a look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AjI57bfmUI&t=83s
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Tue May 08, 2018 6:46 am
Great videos gents!
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Tue May 08, 2018 6:58 am
Awesome. Thanks for sharing.  
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Tue May 08, 2018 7:45 am
Todd, I've been doing this for years myself as well, but only after I fish a spot. Don't want to spook anything before I have a chance to catch it.

This is a spot I fished on Thursday--had only fished it once before....the day I found it in October of last year. That day we had finished out our limit of scamps and then caught a 3 man limit of big b liners. On our way there Thursday, I told Nick about that day and sure enough it happened again. Caught 6 scamps (only needed 2 to finish out our limit) before we quit fishing for them, plus our limit of b liners in very short order. We quit grouper fishing and I dropped the camera. Glad we decided to save a few for seed, including a few grown ones!





This is one of 6 scamps that came off that spot before we quit....weighed 21 lb 11 oz when I got him home.





I've dropped it multiple times on the gag grounds as well. This one in particular was from December when I took my brother. How many gags can you see in the frame?



The one that you can see clearly in the above picture (there are 2 others that are harder to see) was caught by my brother moments after that picture. We almost got the bite on film!

  
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Tue May 08, 2018 8:00 am
Awesome pics. We think alike. It seems the grouper aren't spooked by the camera but I don't want to take any chances. That's a great spot you got there. Lemme know if you wanna utilize my free cloud services to back up your numbers lol Nick told me ya'll had a good day hail
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Tue May 08, 2018 8:04 am
Awesome video Chum. We should have dropped this on the honey hole after losing the big one. It never crossed my mind or I would have said something.
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Tue May 08, 2018 8:44 am
Send me the number and Iíll go dive it for you. Iíll take some GoPro video for you!👌😁  
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Tue May 08, 2018 9:02 am
This is the set up I use:

JVC Adixxion camera in a waterproof housing. This camera and housing uses a 1/4" screw in the bottom, just like a tripod. 5" piece of PVC with a 1/4" screw eye in the top and bottom. I attach a 3lb deep drop weight to the bottom, and then the downrigger swivel to the top. SUPER easy and quick to deploy and retrieve since I'm dropping it on the downrigger. Can also slow it way down right before it hits the bottom so I don't disturb everything when it crashes down. To me its easier than a GoPro since it uses the 1/4" screw instead of their proprietary mounts like GoPro.


  
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chumbucket
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Tue May 08, 2018 9:34 am
I like it Squid. Will keep that set up in mind next time I replace/upgrade
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Tue May 08, 2018 9:44 am
bevan wrote:
I've been doing the same by attaching a gopro to mule line and dropping it down with a small mushroom anchor. Similar results.
https://youtu.be/KCDh2SF6G6I


That was a massive King at 13;03
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Tue May 08, 2018 3:38 pm
Amazing fish recon!  
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rdnkvet
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Wed May 09, 2018 6:55 am
Put some chum in that pvc!  
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Wed May 09, 2018 8:05 am
Stuff like this is what the state is NOT doing when they assess our grouper population. Of course if they were to do it they would probably look at the liberty ship and determine there are no grouper left.
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Wed May 09, 2018 2:23 pm
roach wrote:
Stuff like this is what the state is NOT doing when they assess our grouper population. Of course if they were to do it they would probably look at the liberty ship and determine there are no grouper left.


Heck they would probably check a lake....

Great videos!
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