Capturing the Moment and Action

GoPro Tips for Fishermen

By:
Chad Eddings

The introduction of point-of-view cameras all began with the GoPro and has now evolved into different brands available, along with several models from GoPro.   These cameras have changed the way fishermen are able to capture those on-the-water moments. “Back in the day” these moments could only be shared with words. I’m going tell you exactly how I setup my GoPro cameras to catch all the action.

Buying a GoPro…
We all love new gear, but you don’t have to get the latest GoPro to get great photos and videos. I’ve found good deals on Craigslist for GoPro’s that are one or two models older. I don’t recommend anything older than a Hero 3+ Black Edition. As a tip, be cautious and inspect the GoPro carefully, make sure there are no obvious scratches on the lens. One suggestion I have is to take a laptop with you and shoot some test videos/photos, upload them and see how they look.

Photo vs Video…
Let me start with photos. You can absolutely pull still photos from videos, but I prefer to have one GoPro dedicated to video and the other for still shots. The main reason I like dedicated cameras, is for convenience, it saves some time by not needing to switch between modes so you can get on to catching more fish! However, if you have only one, it’s easy enough to switch between photo and video modes.

When you have one setup for photos, just hit the select button, let the camera do its thing (SMILE) and you’re done, don’t forget to press it again to stop snapping still shots. A couple of things to be aware of regardless of video or stills, is angles and background. I use time lapse mode because it allows me to get several photos so that I can choose from the best later. See my preferred GoPro settings below that I like for dedicated photos.

  • Default mode at Power Up = Time Lapse
  • Time Lapse Interval = 2 seconds
  • Field of View (FOV) = Medium

Now on to videos. I recommend getting the largest memory card that your GoPro supports. Another recommendation is to record in highest resolution your camera supports. One of the settings below, looping video, will help prevent you from missing that epic event because your card is full. The settings for my GoPro dedicated to video are as follows.

  • Video Resolution = 4K (most of the time) or 1440p @ 48 fps
  • Looping Video enabled
  • 5 min video looping mode

Gear That Helps…

Portable battery packs can save you time for not having change out the battery on your GoPro. The options for these devices are vast, but I stick with one that is at least 5,200 mAh in size. If your boat has a USB plug, even better, just pick up a 15’ charging cable from the team at YOLOtek.

Another thing that will come in handy is the silicone rainproof putty from YOLOtek. You can use this stuff to seal up the connection from the external power source. Trust me on this, one rouge wave over the side you have you GoPro mounted to and you’ll be lucky if you can dry it out enough.

One of my most used gear accessories is the gooseneck bendable mount from GoPro. You can easily connect a couple of them together if needed. I like using these for over the gunnel shots. I don’t have to worry about dropping my camera, just bend the gooseneck over the side to the angle I want and start recording.

I’ve saved the best tip for last. Regardless of the gear or shooting tips, just make sure you’re shooting! I would rather have shaky video of a personal best, than nothing all tall. Same goes for the still shot, even it has a weird angle, get the shot! The more you use the gear, the more you’ll find out what works and doesn’t work best in each situation.

 

 

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