Hello, I enjoy reading the many post on your site. It seems to be a great group of folks on Newfound and that is why I have decided to put my house out there next year and enjoy the fun. With that being said I am looking for opinions on what the best underwater camera to buy is (I am looking to get an off season deal). I will hopefully learn a lot more from you all over the off season. Thanks for your reccommendations.
Welcome and thanks for reading the posts. Appreciate it and any comments / updates.
The best camera unfortunately is not in business any longer and can't get them. It was C-Fish which rotated within the camera housing. For $214.00 included shipping you couldn't go wrong I wish i knew they were going out of business cause i would of bought another.
There are so many great cameras out there. Some things to consider are:
How deep do you plan to fish = how long of a cable you should be looking at
Camera Clarity = The deeper you go, the harder it is to see.
Panning or Not = Panning is nice
Monitor size = bigger the better
Color or no color = Color really doesn't matter but its cool.
Lights = Adjustable lights are nice but i really never use them. At night, i put the camera away however that said i haven't seen lights effect cusk at all.
DVR or no DVR = to record onto SD cards.
Budget = no explanation.
Hardside mount = Where can you comfortably mount or place the monitor / camera and also run cable out of the house easily.
Think about some way to mount the cable in the middle of the hole so when it freezes you can easily chop it out without cutting the cable. I made a PVC pipe similar to a tip up to mount my cable inside so i don't chop it in half.
Some cameras to think about are Marcum. They have very good customer service. They have an cable panner which rotates your camera but it basically twists your cable. Another is Aqua View but personally i don't like the fish shaped camera. It doesn't seem to bother the lakers though nor excite them either. Vexlar makes one too.
During the off season you have plenty of time to wade through them all. Best to start now though while the iron is hot for research.
Good luck. Hope this helps.