Revealing Underwater Mysteries: The Case For Underwater Cameras

January 10, 2019

MarCum Underwater Camera

If you want to start a lively discussion among ice fishermen, toss out the question of which is a more important asset for ice fishing – a sonar unit or an underwater camera. Either piece of equipment is a great tool to increase your catch, learn more about fish and add to your enjoyment. But what’s a guy or gal to do if you can’t afford both? Here’s the good news! Since the introduction of underwater cameras to the market, the technology has improved, the devices are smaller in size and the prices have dropped. It is now possible to afford both a sonar unit AND an underwater camera, or even invest in a Sonar/Camera combo.

Here are the benefits of investing in an underwater camera:

  1. A sonar device only tells you that fish are below you, but it does not tell you what kind of fish they are. This is very beneficial if you are targeting a certain species, crappies for example. You may find there are only bluegills below. You can then decide to wait for crappies to move in, change your bait to better catch bluegills, or change your location. There are an endless number of scenarios where specie identification will help you fish smarter. With a camera you can go from acting on hunches to acting on facts.
  2. A sonar device leaves a fish’s reaction to your bait to guesswork. Here is where you can really learn a lot about fishing tactics. How do fish react to different colors, the size and shape of lures, types of bait or various presentations? Are fish approaching your offering slowly or are they attacking it recklessly? Are they more prone to bite a passive presentation or does erratic jigging trigger a hit? The answers to all these questions are revealed with use of an underwater camera. When you correlate this information to time of the year, water depth and clarity, time of day, weather conditions and species of fish, you may find patterns that you can exploit and enjoy more productive fishing both now and in the future.
  3. A camera will positively identify the substrate and structure. Are you fishing over sand, gravel, rocks or muck? What type of aquatic vegetation is below? Is there structure nearby? Are you on the edge of a weed line or drop-off? With an underwater camera you can move from speculation to certainty.
  4. Cameras are extremely entertaining, especially if you have young ones along. Revealing the underwater mysteries is captivating for young and old alike. But if little tykes are tagging along, there is no better way to get them to sit still and pay attention to the fishing rather than making snow angels on the ice.
  5. Some cameras allow you to record video. You can build a library of your fishing exploits for fun, sharing or later study.

FishUSA offers a dozen underwater cameras from MarCum, Aqua-Vu, and Vexilar at different price points. A good entry-level model that is affordable and functional and can fit in your pocket is the MarCum Recon 5. Not much larger than your smart phone, it is packed with technological features. The LCD display provides a clear view and you can switch from color to black and white depending on water clarity conditions. You can position the camera to face down, out or up to satisfy your viewing requirements. This unit comes with a charger and you can expect 6-hours run-time on a single charge. The MarCum Recon 5 Plus has the same features as the Recon but is equipped with a built-in DVR that allows you to take screenshots, record to an external micro-SD card, play-back video, and delete footage with ease.

At the high end of the price spectrum is MarCum LX-9 Digital Sonar/Camera System. For the professional guide or dedicated ice fisherman, the LX-9 gives you the best of both sonar and a camera in one unit. The user-defined on-screen LCD displays digital depth, battery voltage, range, sensitivity and 12-level interference rejection. Customize your window views to include water-column vertical, vertical zoom, flasher-dial and traditional wide screen displays. The sonar footprint scans at any depth with either 8º or 20º transducer cone angles. The LX-9 comes with 75-feet of cable and a rechargeable 12-volt 9-amp battery, automatic charge and a deluxe padded soft case.

An underwater camera is one purchase you won’t regret. Add to your enjoyment and catch more fish through the ice! Isn’t that what ice fishing is all about?

Aqua-Vu 715c Underwater Camera
Aqua-Vu 715c Underwater Camera
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The Aqua-Vu 715c Underwater Camera is one of the most affordable underwater cameras ever built! Like all 700 series Aqua-Vu cameras, the 715c features a 7-inch sunlight viewable LCD monitor with video out and an integrated sunshield/screen protector. Tje monitor is also IP67 rated for total waterproof performance. Color CMOS camera optics are housed in an anti-spooking fish camera and sport adjustable LED Lighting System, just like other high grade Aqua-Vu systems.
$299.99
Aqua-Vu HD10i Underwater Camera
Aqua-Vu HD10i Underwater Camera
Seeing is believing with the Aqua-Vu HD10i Underwater Camera! Vibrant and colorful underwater video is displayed on a dynamic 10-inch daylight viewable LCD screen. The monitor is IP67 rated for complete waterproof performance. The high-definition XD camera transmits real-time video to the monitor without spooking fish. For the best quality video, you can adjust the high-intensity infrared lighting for your fishing conditions. The boat-ready underwater camera is RAM mount compatible and comes wit...
$799.99
$699.99
Aqua-Vu Micro 5.0 Revolution Underwater Camera
Aqua-Vu Micro 5.0 Revolution Underw...
Aqua-Vu, the Original Underwater Camera, has released its new, upgraded, Micro 5.0 Revolution and Revolution Pro Cameras. These underwater cameras feature an industry-exclusive Integrated Revolution Camera Reel System which provides effortless camera deployment and retrieval. The high resolution LCD screen is waterproof, dependable in all weather conditions, and is very easy to read in bright and sunny conditions.
$349.99 - $449.99
Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth Underwater Camera
Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth Underwater Ca...
Put the most powerful live fish-finding tool in your hands with the Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth Underwater Camera! Featuring a high-resolution 4.3 in. LCD screen, the Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth Underwater Camera provides you with crystal clear color video of the water below. The thumb-sized micro underwater camera includes auto infrared lighting and moves quietly through the water with a trolling fin and clip-on ballast weight. Its built-in lithium-ion battery gives you up to six hours of usage and is rech...
$229.99
MarCum LX-9 Digital Sonar/Camera System
MarCum LX-9 Digital Sonar/Camera Sy...
The MarCum LX-9 Digital Sonar/Camera System is true breakthrough in "big picture" ice sonar, presenting anglers with an incredible interactive ice fishing experience in a panoramic 6-inch LCD environment. The LX-9 features an Underwater Camera/Sonar with DVR combo, 8-inch Flat Panel LCD, Four user-selectable sonar color palettes, and a Patented 12-level Interference Rejection (IR). The MarCum LX-9 Sonar includes a rechargeable 12-volt 9-amp battery, automatic charger, deluxe padded softcase, and...
$1,299.99
MarCum Mission SD Underwater Viewing System
MarCum Mission SD Underwater Viewin...
Now you can see fish underwater before you catch them with the MarCum Mission SD Underwater Viewing System. The Mission SD Viewing System utilizes a powerful lowlight-capable image sensor to bring you standard definition images in vivid color or black and white. The on-screen display provides critical information such as temperature, depth, battery status, and relative direction. Due to MarCum's proprietary relative direction arrow, you can take the guesswork out of positioning your camera. For ...
$499.99
MarCum Quest HD Underwater Viewing System
MarCum Quest HD Underwater Viewing ...
Providing you with the ability to clearly view the water below you in vivid color, the MarCum Quest HD Underwater Viewing System utilizes current technology for a superior underwater camera system. With one of the most powerful lowlight-capable image sensors, the Sony 1080p HD camera delivers high-definition detail and provides depth and temperature readings. Its 7-in. widescreen display features hi-res color as well as color kill technology for the best possible image in black and white. Other ...
$699.99
MarCum Recon 5 Plus Underwater Camera
MarCum Recon 5 Plus Underwater Camera
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The MarCum Recon 5 Plus Underwater Camera is equipped with a host of technological functions for unrivaled performance. Featuring a 5-inch screen with high-resolution color-kill technology for enhanced visibility in stained water or low-light, as well as a black-and-white view mode for crisp and clear images in unfavorable conditions, this camera always provides a clear view. The Recon 5 can be positioned straight down, horizontal, or looking up for ultimate viewing capabilities. The built-in DV...
$419.99
$359.99
MarCum Recon 5 Underwater Camera
MarCum Recon 5 Underwater Camera
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The MarCum Recon 5 Underwater Camera is outfitted with a host of technological functions for ultimate performance. Featuring a 5-inch screen with color-kill technology for enhanced visibility in stained water or low-light, as well as a black-and-white view mode for crisp and clear images in unfavorable conditions, this camera always provides a clear view. The Recon 5 can be positioned straight down, horizontal, or looking up for ultimate viewing capabilities. With a soft pack, camera sack, charg...
$299.99
$249.99
Vexilar Fish Scout FS800 Underwater Camera System
Vexilar Fish Scout FS800 Underwater...
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The Vexilar FS800 Fish Scout Underwater Camera System consists of a color / black and white camera, a 7" color LCD monitor, a rigid carrying case with an enclosed 12 volt - 9 amp hour battery, a 1 Amp Digital charger and a protective soft pack carrying case. The Vexilar FS800 Fish Scout Underwater Camera System comes fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box and has a standard 2 year warranty.
$299.99
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