If you are a fisherman and a fan of using POV wearable cameras then you know putting a camera on top of head has a few draw backs.
You can’t wear your favorite hats, you have a weight on top of your head, and it looks pretty goofy.
Pivothead as came out with a camera in the form of sunglasses that you can wear. Considering it has a 8mp sensor, shooting 1080p video, and stills the sunglasses actually looks pretty cool. The camera comes with 3 interchangeable lens and most importantly it is polarized. It also comes with a micro usb cable that allows you charge it as well as transfer the data to your computer.
They come in 4 different frames style. I one I tried was the Moab(good for wide face). It’s comfortable to wear and easy to operate. With the built in 8gb of memory, they tell me it records up to 75minutes of video. I gave it try while I was kayak fishing and it worked quite well.
It is not a 170 degree wide angle like most POV cameras. It’s narrow scope and gives you a more realistic perspective.
Here is the youtube video I made so you can be the judge if it is for you.
• Brilliant 1080p HD Video & Audio Recording
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• Four Focus Options: Auto, Fixed, Continuous, Macro
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• Still Image Capture During Video
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• Time Lapse Settings
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Generally I dont fish during the winter months because the cold gets to be a bit much for this Florida Boy. But recently we have had a fairly mild winter so I thought what the hey let me get out and do some winter fishing.
I gave Cameron a call and asked how the fishing was on his coast ( Florida East coast ) this time of the year? He told me if I was going to fish the East Coast that now was the time. So I packed my gear and hit the road the following morning.
I met up with Cameron at 6am and we began our journey which ended up being a 9 hour day out on the water doing what we love. We started the morning off using MirrOlure She dog top water lure. We landed multiple trout the smallest at 26 inches and me landing my personal best a 30 inch trout.
But trout wasn’t the purpose of the trip. We were in search of Bulls….. Bull Reds that is. So we left the trout and headed to where the fish were known to cruise. We anchored up the Kayaks and waded the area. I feel wading allows for a stealthier approach. These fish are big and they didnt make it to that size because they are stupid. So we wanted every advantage in our favor. And it worked out just the way we wanted.
We both landed multiple fish in the 42-45 inch range but the fish that made it all worth it was My 50 inch Bull and Cameron’s 51 inch Beast. All and all a great day on the water. I have now reconsidered winter fishing in the beautiful state of Florida…
Being down with the flu this week was a quite a Debbie downer. Especially trying to put all the Salty Fly together along with finishing up the 3F Adventures episode.
I wanted to get out for a few hours today and do a little fishing. Threw the kayak in the back of the truck and met up with my friend Kevin down at the launch. Fishing was a bit slow with few trout and small red fish. The fish of the day was this 26″ trout Kevin got on Exude’s latest lure, the Exude Cigar Mino.
I’m also testing out the Nikon AW100. This is Nikon’s entry into the waterproof rugged cameras world. So far I’m liking the photo quality and speed it turns on. It also does slow motion video in SD. I will be exploring this in the near future.
Meanwhile here are some photos and a sample video clip from the Nikon.
One of the problem with actually fishing and not just being out on the water is that you never get any really cool shots. By cool shots I mean those nice sunrise, action, candid photos. When these moments happens and you have a fishing rod in your hand by the time you reel in and get the camera out of the storage it is pretty much over. Staging it sometimes work but the really really cool stuff, for the most part, just can not be staged effectively.
I say this because looking over my photos from the last fishing outing with Del all I have are grip and grin shots. No action, no scenic, no candid moments. The photos besides showing the fish we caught just does not seem to tell the story. So now you know, if have really really cool shots chances are I’m not fishing just taking photos. Ahh.. the things I sacrifice to capture good images for you guys.
Those that know me back in the day before I really got into the photography knew I was an avid fisherman. And like most avid fisherman, I try to get out as much as I can. Sometimes this means once a week but many times it was more like 4 times a week. I got out so much that I started to become burnt out on it. If that actually happens. When I started to take better photos, the sharing of images actually honed new interest for me.
I bring this up because it seems that many new to Saltyshores and or Facebook assume that I am just a lowly photographer with zero fishing skillz. I joke around here but believe it or not this is actually the case with many people I know in the fishing industry. I have met many people in sales, marketing, crunch numbers and have no desire to fish or fish very little. You would think it was the opposite that these guys fish all the time. At first I was quite surprised myself.
To try to change this image to the newer visitors of SS, I am forced to get photos of my self with fish every now and then. Not a bad task really.
Now back to the fishing report.
This past week the weather had been nasty with cold fronts coming in one after another. Thursday had an opening of a beautiful day and I wanted to get to do some fall fishing in the flats. I called my artist friend Del Calhoun up to see if he wanted to get out for a few hours. I try to get a couple other guys together but their schedule just did not work.
We decided to Kayak fish today so I loaded the Hobbie Revo up the back of the truck with two rods and a couple boxes of tackle. In the tackle box was the Paul Browns(something I always wanted to try), Yo Zuri Crystal Shrimp(new from Yo Zuri) and DOA shrimp. Del was using the top water the entire time.
The bite was sporadic at first first with a few small snook and trout. With this first cold front and the grass dying off the floating grass made treble hook lures like the PB and Crystal Shrimp painful to use so I stuck with the DOA shrimp for the most part.
When the tide started to switch things turned on. We were catching bigger snook along with a few redfish in the lower 20′s. The best fish of day came around lunch time. We were on our way in and worked pot holes. After spooking a few fish I was able to sneak up on nice pod of fish and made a cast up current of him. It got swooped up right away and fought really well. I thought it was a redfish since it was pulling nicely but when it started to zig zag I’m thinking snook, when it shoot is’ head, wow a trout! I yell over to Del and then he hooks up on big trout on top water.
We both landed our fish 25″ and 26″ trout sight cast from Kayaks something neither of us I have never done on trout this big. After a few photos and successful release of the fish we figure we couldn’t do better than this and headed in. On the way in we caught a couple more smaller redfish to cap off a nice day and as a bonus got a few photos of my self with fish for a change.
Lure note: With the clear water the DOA Shrimp 382 caught the big fish today.
Photo note.: did not have the DSLR cameras with me that day. All photos shot on the Sony NEX-5.
Check out the strange growth on this trout’s nose.
Here are more photos from the Dry Tortuga Kayak fishing and camping trip.
Photos by Josh Maitland
This is in slide show format:
Kayak fishing has many benefits but it also has some pit falls as well. One of the main issue with kayak fishing is the inability to stand up and fish comfortably.(except in a Pro Angler) The issue was kinda sorta solved when people started to add pontoon systems on their paddle craft. This however, cause more issues like portability, slowing your paddling down etc.
The Stand N Fish pontoon system has address many of these issues. It retracts for easier paddling. It breaks down easily for better transport. Since the guy who invented the unit fishes saltwater it is completely anodized and built for the saltwater. It also comes with the leaning post to allow for rigging station, rod holders, stake out system, cup holders to be installed.
In order for me to sight fish and fly fish I really wanted to stand up in my kayak. I decided the Stand N Fish was the best system for my Hobie Revolution I got a few weeks ago. The Hobie has the mobility system to get to where I want to fish especially in No Motor Zones. When I get there I deploy the pontoon so I can stand and fish. Not to mention if I want to take photos and videos in NMZ areas as well.
With the exception of the T-bar, it comes off completely within a minute. If I feel I won’t be doing much standing up I don’t have to bring it.
I told my friend Josh(Owns a Tork) about it and he was all over it. So when I was picking mine up from the install he got his install as well.I took the opportunity to do a time lapse of the install. It takes about an hour to do the install while we were at lunch.
Though I mainly fish out of boats the last few years due to amount of gear I normally carry, I’ve had some cool Kayaks in the past. I’ve owned Hobie Outback, Tarpon 140, Redfish,and even the full fiberglass South African import Kaskazi Pelican. I’ve sold them all or traded them away but there’s always as lure about kayak fishing that boats can not seem to completely replaced. The low cost, freedom of the launch, the stealth factor, and the solitude of it all.
A couple days ago I picked up my new ride from Economy Tackle down in Sarasota, Fl. I decided to go with the Hobie Revo. The peddle system for me was a must have. It’s very little hassle compare to the benefit of hands free fishing. Not to mention, the speed, the range, and the ability to fish deep water efficiently. I know there are motorized kayaks out there but that is even more hassle. Plus with a trolling motor on board you still can not get into pole and troll zones.
The thought of getting the Pro Angler had crossed my mind because I wanted the storage and stability but the concept of lugging a small 130lb vessel around just kills it for me. I decided to go with is the Stand-n-Fish. I believe this is the best system if a person wants to stabilize his kayak, plus get the ability to stand and fly fish.
The system is well thought out, made for saltwater, quick assembly, and the ability to remotely lift the pontoon system up for better paddling. I believe with this combo, it would make No Motor Zone fishing over the top. You could use the peddle to get there very efficiently compare to poling or paddling a canoes. And once you get there you can stand and sight fish which you would not be able to do with most kayak. Well at least for most of us that no long posses the cat like reflexes of a 20 year old.
I believe it fits 99% of sit on top kayaks so my Revo shouldn’t be an issue. I can’t wait to use it on the beach for Tarpon, King Fish and perhaps a little east coast offshore action.
My New Bling Bling business card.
Fished with Cameron and Spencer yesterday. We caught a few reds and a bunch of trout. We were wading so didn’t have any photos of the fish. Jason Stock joined us for lunch at Salty Dogs down in Sarasota afterward.
Photo note: deceptively tough shot. Expose for the subject the background get’s blown out. Expose for the back ground the subject is too dark. This was done using 2 exposure and combining the two photos and still the poles were blown out.
My best friend of over twenty years recently deployed with his Medi-Evac unit to support the relief efforts in Haiti. I got a call the other night that he was back in town, so the next day we went out to find some redfish. I don’t think Mark was all the interested in finding them as much as he was just enjoying the peace and quiet of the water.
I gave him some Paddle-Fishing.com decals to take with him while he was down there. He didn’t disappoint me.
Mark and I met in a strange kind of way; he was my next door neighbor in Nebraska. One weekend he came over and asked if I could help him move, seems all of his help had bailed on him and he was in a jam. It took us all weekend to move to his new house and the rest is as they say “history”. In my eight years in Nebraska, Mark and I spent every moment we could hunting or fishing. To say he is my best friend is an understatement.
Major Mark Butler
It aint the Hilton
The USAF Air Traffic Controllers were keeping score of their “Rat Kills”.
The reason for the deployment.
How this building is still standing, I do not know.
Please keep people like my friend Mark and all of those that choose to serve our country in your prayers. They are a special breed.
In the last few weeks I have been able to get out, between the cold, the wind, the windy cold wind….. You get the picture.
The Great Wallenda. DaveR
Justabucup.. Going ole school with the 8lb mono redfish.
I started to paddle…well tried to paddle because it was even to shallow to do that! Navigating to my area ended up taking an extra 15 minutes do to not being able to use shortcuts. The birds were standing on dry grass where I usually poll the Lostmen on the “low” tides. Add to that the other great part of waking up super early!
Once I was able to get to my hunting grounds there were no signs of tailers yet. The sun was getting higher and starting to worry me that I wouldn’t see any. And start to smell something that smells like fiberglass burning. Looking around for a couple minutes I see a faint smoke just behind the tree line. It looked like someone was smoking some mullet…but then 2 minutes later…full blown fire
Got to watch that for a couple minutes and rig the rods for some blind casting the mullet schools. And about 100 yards away I see something that may be what I am looking for…
The tailers were all around 5lbs, with a couple getting closer to 10. They were crusing around in singles and a couple doubles. But they were all in an area of about 30ft x 100ft with a total of 30 or so fish working in that area. I wanted to stick one on fly, but every shot I would take they would spook. I started with a Borski Slider. They would spook when that landed within 2ft of them. Next fly was a TK Special. They would let it land, but would spook when I gave it the pop out of the grass. Crabs, Kwans, Toads…all got the same reaction. I ended up switching all the way down to a #4 Seaducer in Light Tan with 12lb mono leader. I would cast it out and let it sit on the surface untill they started moving in the direction of the fly. When the reds were about 10″ from the fly I would give it the 2″ pull to drop in from the surface tension…and GOOSH…gone! Just from it breaking the surface tension! The tide started to really come in and the fish started to school up. There is about 10 fish in this picture with one tailer.
I wanted to take up a new hobbie and do the standing paddle and polling with the Wang. It took some getting used to but once I got the hang of it, it was a breeze. It gave me tons of extra visability.
Polling down the flat I noticed something that looked like a school of mullet, but it was moving twice as fast and the wakes were twice as big. I stuck the Wang Anchor and made the longest cast possible towards the wake, wishing it was a school of Reds. I started working the bronze spoon and saw a pretty 10lb Red sitting just off the bow. I quickly cranked in the spoon to take a shot at the Red. Staring at the Red and reeling as fast as I can to get the shot off I’m wondering where my spoon was and look back at it. It was about 20ft away from the boat with 4 Reds following it HOT! I had thrown it in the school of reds…and apparently pissed them off real good, lol. I quickly slowed my retrive…and the spit spooking the other red on the bow of the yak. I now know to work every cast, lol.
I spun around and paddled out of the area the school was spotted and set up for them to come around again. I re-rigged a DOA paddle tail for a slower presentation. Standing up in the Yak I spotted the school again about 20 minutes later, and made a short cast. Two twiches later it was game on! I reeled the Red all the way to the Yak, and put the rod in the rod holder so I could get down out of the Standing position. I was in about 2ft of water so I though, hey just get out of the Yak and take a pretty picture of the fish. I go to step out of the yak…and find out that really it was about 4ft of water. This clear water is deceiving! The yak slid out from under me…and I went for a swim. Thankfully the Camera was sitting in the cup holder and not around my neck! Snapped a couple pics and did the right thing…
The weather started to change and the wind picked up. Called it and headed back to the ramp, standing paddle the whole way! It’s tons of fun!