Hope you've all had a great start to your summer. It's that time of year when there are a lot more anglers on the river and almost all of them are trying to get a photo of that trophy trout. With water temps rising and more foot/boat traffic, it's important to keep the fish's health in mind and to keep 'em wet. Here's a simple idea and the basic recipe to minimize the time handling your catch while getting a creative photo that is sure to get 'ooooo's' and 'ahhhh's' from your friends and family.
There are three things you'll need to get started. The first item you'll need is a GoPro. I recently started experimenting with an older GoPro Hero 3 Plus which is a little prehistoric compared to what's new but will definitely do the job. The second piece to the puzzle is a dog or four-legged friend that you're comfortable fishing with and can mildly control with basic comands like 'stay' or 'lie down'. The last item you'll need is offered from GoPro. The GoPro Fetch Dog Harness ($40 - https://shop.gopro.com/mounts/fetch-dog-harness/ADOGM-001.html) is essential and will allow you to mount your camera on the dogs back or chest.
Now if you have all of these ingredients it's time to experiment and give it a try. Here are the GoPro settings I find work best for basic video and photos without using up all the space on your memory card. Using the 'Video + Photo' mode will allow you to get the video footage you need along with a decent photo every 5 seconds (or more/less depending on your preferences)
For basic Video + Photo Mode - Resolution: 720, Frames Per Sec: 60, Field of View: Narrow, Low Light: On, setting the photos to snap a photo every 5 seconds of video.
After a little experimentation I'm sure you'll be amazed at the cool perspective your furry four-legged friend can add to your fishing experience and you won't even need to waste the time pulling your cell phone out, over handling the fish and thus getting that trout back in the water quickly.
If you have any questions or need more detailed tips for incorporating your dog as a an amateur photographer/videographer, please don't hesitate to ask more about it next time you come in the shop. Just ask for Bucky.
Good luck and see you on the river!
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