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south_metro_fish

using camera well night crappie fishing

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south_metro_fish

I have been using my camera for a wile and I am interested in other peoples experiences using a camera to crappie fish. I talked about using my camera in a different section and FishinChad had this ? and i am interested too.

"Do you use a camera the whole time? I have been wondering if having a camera down either scares the fish or makes them a little more leary and less likely to bite. Would like to hear others opinion on that!" And my response was

"I was real worried about that for the longest time and after having caught fish I figured I could gamble a little and risk spooking them a little. I have used the camera for the past 3 or 4 nights I have been out and it does not seem to spook them using my infrared down viewing on my Cabela's camera. I was wondering last night if it was spooking them because I had many fish come right up and look at my minnow but would take off. So I brought my camera up and the bite didn't change at all. It is pretty interesting to finally see how they bite and to watch there reaction to different presentations and figure out the best way to work your presentation. It never fails though, you lose your minnow or need to change something and you no more then get it to the surface and there is a big crappie that comes right up to where your bait was not 50 sec ago."

So any others that have tried please share your experience.

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JimBuck

I've used it with decent success. The crappie attracted the plankton and other things that they eat and in turn attracted the crappies.....I've had moments where everywhere I look I see crappie just stacked in the water column. I don't believe it hurts the bite unless you turn the light on/off while underwater. I've never tried the down view at night, I will have to give it a whirl.

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south_metro_fish

JimBuck do you have one with LED or Infrared lights?

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acman2u

We have not noticed any difference with our Cabellas camera, the panfish and crappie actually bump into it and seem to ignore it.

The bite has either been on or off with no difference in the camera being on (night or day)

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Stringerless!

I have a sv 60 Aqua view with multi-colored lights that are supposed to be better than infared but they are worthless! As soon as it gets dark the camera comes up. I have the crappie pattern lens. I think it attracts crappies and sunnies. As soon as I get it down and give it a spin they are coming for it.

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JimBuck

They are LED's.....As far as visibility at night, it's pretty limited like any other camera. I'd much rather use the radar at night. But there is a time and a place for everything.

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south_metro_fish

Well last night the bite seemed better but when I had the camera down it seemed to affect them a little so I pulled it up. It is a good learning tool to help find the level they are at and watch there reaction to your presentation but I think it takes away from some of your concentration on hooking the fish. The time it takes to set it up can sometimes waste a lot of time too. Some of the other nights it seemed like they could care less that there was a weird black thing down there watching them, but it must just depend on what mood they are in and probably how much fishing pressure is in the area. A camera is a great tool for the right time and the right place and I know I will use it to watch crappies again but I probably wont leave it down the whole night unless they seem to not care.

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iFishMN.us

My buddy got a camera and weve only used it a few times, and we are not on any crappies really or many fish at all so we are still learning. It really is awesome being able to see fish! I worry about the light negativly affecting the fish at night, but until we actually get on a good amount of fish its hard to tell if they care. I think the camera is a great tool for locating structure and finding out what REALLY is down there, but when the sun goes down and the crappie bite is on, I think the camera doesnt have much benifit anymore and flasher is a must. With crappies I would worry there are suspended slabs going over above the camera and wouldnt notice without a flasher.

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Yes it is great for locating structure. We went out searching last weekend and in 5 holes we found the ridge around a deep hole. You could be drilling holes and using a flasher or a depth finder and never really know what is down there. It was interesting to find flats that would have nothing for structure then all at once 50 yards away there would be lots of rocks all over the bottom. It is also great for finding things that hold fish and bait that flashers and depth finders would never register like plankton clouds. It is a very useful tool and I am still learning how to use it, and I am looking forward to trying it on open water this year.

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