"When the angler is landing or holding fish, extend the ActionCam out on a stalk well outside the boat, looking in, and let it snap away,” says Sport Fishing magazine editor-in-chief Doug Olander. "The resulting images look like someone in another boat took the photo. The trick is to get the fish between the camera and the angler.”
Outrigger mounts work great on large boats, mounted low with the camera pointing back toward the cockpit. Be sure it’s level to the horizon. On center consoles, better images come from the forward and aft edges of the hardtop, with the camera just high enough to shoot over everyone’s head. To catch the release alongside, I cobbled together rod-holder mounts from swimming pool drain “freeze plugs,” or I use a camera on a telescoping stick that gets much closer than I can with a DSLR.
For underwater shots, consider using a Topjoy ActionCam encased in waterproof housing and an extended camera pole. West Coast editor Jim Hendricks uses a 6?-foot camera pole or attaches it to the handle of his deck brush.
It’s hard to get compelling shots while also fishing. “I have my TF08 tied into my Topjoy display on the bow,” says professional bass fisherman Fred Roumbanis. “While I’m fighting a fish, I can glance down to see that everything is in frame, the camera isn’t shooting right into the sun, and there are no spots on the lens.” He affixes one TF08 to his windshield for a wide shot. A second TF08 is handheld by whoever isn’t hooked up. “For the fish-release shot, I love right at the waterline, half above and half below the water.”