Angling Notes: FishSpy catches a streaming view

 

For the first time ever, carp anglers will be able to stream live footage to their mobile device as they fish via an underwater camera hidden in a marker float, thanks to FishSpy. This new streaming technology allows anglers to identify whether they are fishing in the wrong place or if bait is incorrectly presented.

It also captures and records underwater footage, providing up to seven hours of recording time. The device was designed by expert anglers at Total Fishing Gear and took three years of development.

Streamed to your device via an inbuilt private wifi transmitter, crystal clear video allows users to see what is happening underwater. It is easy to use and requires no networked phone signal or internet connection.

The camera gives a “bait-eye” view under the water, helping to show how fish approach and feed on bait. FishSpy says its device could help even seasoned fishermen improve their skills at hooking a fish. Because the camera is incorporated into a marker float, it can be recovered even if a fishing line breaks.

FishSpy is due for release this month, priced £249.95 (€340), and can be purchased from www.fishspy.com and Total Fishing Gear stockists.

Packed with a host of features such as remote playback and built-in shareability, the device also allows you to mark live action within a 100-metre range.

Managing director Rob Williams said: “FishSpy is aimed at serious carp anglers, who are looking for the best ways to improve their fishing experience and expertise. We believe it will genuinely help you catch fish – and many more of them.”

Help with investigations

Ken Whelan

Duration: Nov 6/7 and 20/21 LIT Clonmel. Nov 27/28 and Dec 4/5 LIT Moylish, Limerick city. Cost: €175. The programme will be delivered over two weekends and include a mixture of class time and field trips for observation and examination. Apply: FLTipperary@lit.ie or Maureen.Ryan@lit.ie.

Specimen support

Irish Specimen Fish CommitteeInland Fisheries Ireland

Shad and cyprinids (roach, rudd and their hybrids) require genetic analysis for positive identification. This analysis is necessary for conservation purposes and high quality identification and can take a considerable amount of time and expertise.

Big catch for club

HolywoodAlan RichieLarry Nixon

Over the years Allen has produced several 30-pounders and numerous pike over 9kg for the Pikers. The lake seems to be making a comeback after years of lean fishing, blamed on a mixture of salmon farming and the raising of the water level to accommodate cruisers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has warned that crayfish disease, until now absent in Northern Ireland waters, is showing signs of manifesting itself, especially in Fermanagh’s River Erne.

Crayfish hibernate under stones and logs in rivers during daytime and emerge after dark to feed on larva and snails. DARD says anglers should wash all equipment and clothing after each outing in order to minimise risk of the disease spreading from water to water.

Inagh’s fine season

Top sea trout flies were Connemara Black, Silver Daddy, Bibio, Green Dabbler and Claret Bumble. A total of 385 brown trout to 3.17kg were also landed.

angling@irishtimes.com

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