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Bison9

Aqua View Question

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Bison9

Hey Guys, I like consulting you all before purchasing electronics. So, here's the next question. I am deciding between the the Aqua View Scout SRT or XL. To be honest I have liked the cheaper XL better, however, I have seen this one to NOT have the blue and red lights go on and off on the camera on the XL. I have seen these lights to be on the SRT, but every SRT I have seen in the stores seems to flicker on the screen and looks very hard to read. Is this a function of the battery they are running going out or something? I really like that there are the blue and red lights on the camera on the SRT, but I like the picture quality better on the XL. Which one would you all recommend? Everywhere I have been, I have seen the SRT to be sold out and the XL to be in stock hugely... But, I am confused because I haven't really liked the looks of the SRT in stores to be honest... Any help on which one to go with would be great! Also, which one of these (if any) can be effectively used at night??

PS - I saw the Quad yesterday at Gander Mountain down here in Kenosha, WI, and I don't think it is worth the extra $150 to be able to not have to turn the cord once the camera gets down there. Also, I am a fan of the fish cam on the SRT and XL as well.. The Quad cam is big, clunky, and seems to me like it will scare the fish!!

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kywest

I just wanted to comment on your remarks about the quad... You mentioned you thought the cam would scare fish, well my past three trips out fishing are proof that they scare fish. I found that if I didn't have the lights on, the fish hung around but not real close. Once I turned the lights on, all the fish bolted. I am not sure what cameras they put inside the module but they don't seem to work all that well. One view looks real nice and clear, another looks really washed out and the other two are almost black.... until you get right on the bottom then the blacked out views look good and you can't see anything out of the other two. I would stay away from the quad... Who knows, maybe I got a bad one with the poor view quality but if you are thinking that you want to see 360 degrees, buy one of the scout models and use the money you saved and by the tripod deal that moves the cams direction... I know I didn't really help you out but I figured someone might be able to use the info on the quad. Good fishin

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nluchau

I just picked up a Scout II last night. Can't wait to try it out. I like the fish cam idea compared to the Quad or what the Marcum's use.

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Bison9

Yeah, I thought about the Scout II for a while, but after seeing the 7 inch screens on the others, I couldn't pull the trigger on the II. But, a camera is a camera, should work great for you!

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09ultra

I bought the cabelas brand camera last week and fished all week with it no problems with it.Great camera for under $200.Didn't have any problems scaring fish caught walters with it down.Pretty cool to watch the fish on the screen.You would not beleive how many fish you can catch using the camera,(The light biters)my bobber or just jigging would barely move and miss them,camera down you know just when to set the hook.

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nluchau

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Yeah, I thought about the Scout II for a while, but after seeing the 7 inch screens on the others, I couldn't pull the trigger on the II. But, a camera is a camera, should work great for you!


I like to pack somewhat light. I had thought about the Scout XL with the 7" screen but that didn't have the lighting like the Scout II. I actually wanted the smaller screen too. cool.gif

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Dahitman44

Bison --

Good choice on the aqua, but I really like my Marcum. I considered the quad, but went with the marcum that rotates 360 degress. Very cool and works great at night with the light.

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Bison9

Hitman, I ended up going with the Aqua View Scout SRT. It was the floor model as all of the other SRTs were sold out. Right as I was purchasing my SRT, I had a chance to look at that Marcum you are talking about and it was amazingly cool. You're right, the 360 degrees panning camera is amazing... I may have to get an upgrade someday. I couldn't justify $600 on a camera though. I don't use it enough. smile.gif But, it is sweet!

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Dahitman44

Bison --

No problem my Brother.

My first camera was a decent camera and it was fun. I saved up, sold mine used, and got the Marcum. I love it. It is really fun to watch.

Just my thoughts.

Hit

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JigginIsLife

The camera's are great really they are, helps find structure, isolate a place holding alot of fish, and most off all i have also found it to attract fish. the biggest misconception that i had was that i thought it would scare walleyes, HA found that to be untre, doesent bother them at all. I got the very first aqua view scout where the cord is on the bottom of the screen (i mention it because its a stupid setup) but i have found that the led's on the fish cam dont scare the fish.

-The biggest problem that i have had though is that the battery only lasts about 5 hrs. but then i just run it off of the vexi. anyone else have battery problems?

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cliffy

I got a AV camera last year, I forget the model but it has the "perch camera" with the red and blue lights. I used it today while I was on lida...and watched as I caught 6 walleyes. I find cameras to be fun but when the sun sets, I find it too dark to see anything a few feet from my lure....even with the lights on. The walleyes that hit today didnt fear the camera at all.

Cliffy

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Dogwatch

I got the Aqua View Scout XL this Christmas and love it. The camera is the bluegill, and I've even had a few pike come up and hit it. I've had the same problem when the sun begins to set, and it becomes difficult to see. Overall, I absolutely love the camera and can't imagine ice fishing without it.

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Dahitman44

Cliffy -- great pic on you avatar. Is that you as a young child? ;\)

Your parents must have been very busy.

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Dahitman44

cliffy -- I saw something interesting on Pelican last night. I have been told that the light on the camera does not spook the fish. It was getting dark and I saw and Eye and turned the light on -- well he did not like the light and zipped away.

???

Who knows.

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