Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer stuff

Summer vacation, finally!

Simply put, fishing has been shit lately. We've been suffering from severe heat waves and the water temperatures have increased rapidly, meaning that the pike are somewhere lost. Therefore I have fished for perch and zander lately, with just as bad results.

On top of all, the latest government invention, ethanol soaked fuel, is causing annoying trouble with my boat engine. Ethanol suck the moisture from the air and mixes it with the fuel. Finally those water drops find their way to the carburetors and cause poor idling and hesitation when accelerating. I had to disassemble all the four carbs, clean them  up thoroughly, put them back together and do the tuning procedures. On the last trip, one of the carbs caught a water bubble once again. It went away though, as I hit a rock in the middle of a deep bay.... Well, now it has a separate water separator in the fuel line, also the the whole fuel line is improved to meet todays standards.

What worries me the most, is the fact that the pike has gone hiding. I haven't caught a single pike from the perch and zander sites, which is odd, because normally you catch an average of 10-20 pikes during an afternoon of perch fishing.

Hey, I managed to get a little video from my latest pike, that I caught with my 6' 2wt outfit and 0.14 mm tippet. It was a short, thick and muscular fish that gave a nice fight with that macaroni rod. I combined a little shaky video from some of the last minute fighting after the jack got tired.

Any recommendations for a reasonably priced helmet cam? It aint easy to hold a camera while reeling in a fish......

So a bad quality and shaky image, but pike on the fly anyway...

Edit: The video seems to have gone bananas, I'll fix it soon...


  1. Hi,

    Just came across your blog, really enjoyable, keep up the great work!

    It's not particularly reasonably priced but the Go Pro HD Hero is £299 and excellent quality. The full HD footage is really quite amazing from such a small and robust camera. The only downside is the sound, it's terrible. It doesn't support external mics either... If you just want the footage though it would be excellent. Check out the sample videos on youtube.


  2. Hey,
    We sell a lot of helmet cams to people for fishing applications. Check our site out at or .com if you're in the states.

    There are lots of options for helmet cams, but the big 3 are definitely gopro, contour, and drift, each with relatively unique features that may appeal to you.

    1- Contour - 1080, GPS, PLUS (
    - Low profile shape and rotatable lens makes them great for head mounting.
    - Bluetooth viewfinder on the GPS and PLUS allows you to use smart phones (iphones + android) to check angles and adjust exposure settings.
    - Replaceable lenses, and 37 mm adaptor option to use filters
    - Waterproof cases rated up to 60 m deep (relatively flat lens enhances focus underwater also)
    - 1/4'' tripod adaptor greatly enhances mounting options
    - All standard HD Resolutions and Framerates (up to 60 fps)

    Contour has gotten lots of great feedback from the addition of the 'Contour Plus' to their line ( New additions are: wider lens, HDMI output, external microphone option, GPS data encoding and bluetooth connectivity. A lot of the professional content producers jumped on this for use in conjunction with their 1080s, as having the wider lens and additional features lets you really pick the right tool for the job as needed. As you already have the lower end of the contour line in stock, it would definitely offer a nice addition.

    2 - DRIFT - HD170 Stealth (
    - Built in colour LCD screen
    - Remote control Option
    - Rotating wide angle lens
    - Digital Zoom
    - External Microphone option
    - Waterproof casing rated to 3 m and offers full lens protection
    - Rubberized body is durable and water resistant
    - All standard HD Resolutions and Framerates (up to 60 fps)
    - Extended life battery increases run time from 3 - 5 hours

    The successes of the HD170 are definitely the LCD screen and remote, which allow for truly hands free filming and remove any guesswork out of the shots with regards to angles and lighting. The menu is extremely easy to navigate, letting you tweak the settings on the fly easily without having to link to a computer.

    3. GoPro - HD Hero (
    - Extremely durable housing
    - Waterproof up to 60 M deep

    GoPro has been the leader in the industry for quite sometime with their HD Hero line of cameras for commercial and recreational content creators. The durability of the housing is what sets them apart, as it is extremely waterproof an protect the camera from pretty much anything that gets thrown at it. Likewise they are easy to mount in any location and can also be easily replaced if damaged.
    Without a screen though, the interface is often tough to work through at first, and they are a little bulky to use for head mounted applications. Once you learn the menu though they have proven to be quite reliable in a lot of applications, but seem to be most prominent in gear mounting, as static 2nd or 3rd angle cameras or high speed applications in motorsports where equipment is prone to being damaged.