|Short of climbing into SCUBA gear, there’s really no better way to get up close and personal with fish than using an underwater camera. Especially in winter, cameras help anglers scout areas faster while learning lots about lake ecology and fish behavior.
Models like Aqua-Vu’s new micro 5.0 Revolution Pro are small, portable, and feature outstanding imagery in low light—and include water temperature read-out, camera direction compass heading, and the ability to record footage for home viewing or sharing via social media.
For anglers like “Panfish” Phil Laube, today’s underwater cameras have become a critical part of the equation for determining the right jig for the situation, as this recent video demonstrates. With only so much time to spend on the ice, anything that reduces the amount of time between searching and catching is a powerful tool.
Just have a look at Custom Jigs & Spins’ latest live fish strikes video, a “sizzle reel” that combines footage of underwater fish strikes shared by anglers from various points across the Ice Belt.
“Not only do UW cams help anglers learn more about the lake bottom and how different fish species approach, inspect, and strike or pass on a bait, it’s valuable to us as we sketch out plans for new ice bait designs,” says Custom Jigs and Spins bait designer and marketing director, Walt Matan.
To the point of bait design, you need look no further than this UW video as proof that Custom Jigs & Spins’ current baits just flat-out catch fish. As the footage reveals, some must-have hardwater baits include the VertiGlo Demon, Chekai Tungsten Jig, Matan’s inimitable Tungsten Bug (Chekai combined with Nuclear Ant Legs and Wedgee soft plastics), Ratfinkee, and numerous others.
“Since we’re all passionate ice anglers at Custom Jigs & Spins, we get pretty excited watching underwater video. So, we encourage Custom Jigs & Spins customers to share their best underwater strike videos with us via Facebook,” says Matan. “And we appreciate customer feedback about our baits. That’s always been at the core of how this family-run business operates—listening to and talking with our customers.”