Taking catfish pictures when your by yourself

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Johnny316, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Johnny316

    Johnny316 New Member

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    I fish alone most of the time and I'm wondering how to take pictures without having to carry a tripod with you?
     
  2. Cattoo

    Cattoo New Member

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    well there is only one other way and that is to lay the fish on the ground next to something like a cooler or dip net(so you can guage the size). i have had to resort to this several times and let me tell ya the pic is not near as memorable. also you'll have your smart alec friends saying" well whos cat was that you took a pic of?" i have a very small tripod that i bought at w.m. that works pretty well. its only around 6 or 7 inches long and can easily be stowed in your tackle bag. the thing is they dont extend so you will either have to set it on something or do what i do most of the time and just squat down on one knee and rest the fish on your knee and take the pic.
     

  3. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    IT IS TOUGH!!!

    I am a professional photographer by trade, and even I struggle to take a good pic of a catch when alone. You can not get a good shot that shows the size well when it is laying on the deck or ground.

    I have a bracket with a clamp that I can mount onto the boat, but I keep forgeting to bring it along. I can use that and the self timer on the camera to get an ok shot. I have tried holding the camera out in front of me, LOL, but when you are trying to wrangle a pissed off 8 pound channel with one hand and hold the camera with the other it gets difficult!!
     
  4. TNcat

    TNcat New Member

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    John welcome to the BOC!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Johnny316

    Johnny316 New Member

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    Im going to head to Walmart later today and pick one up.

    John
     
  6. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    I know a lot of camcorders have an infrared remote you can use to take pictures with. I don't know if any regular cameras have infrared. You have to use a tripod though.
     
  7. dex

    dex Member

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    The information was useful for me also for I to fish alone most of the time thanks for the info.
     
  8. ersel

    ersel New Member

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    Welcome aboard John
     
  9. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    John, welcome to the BOC. You can buy a RAM mount that you mount your camera on. They make many different types of RAM mounts. You can adjust it to any different angle. Sturdy too. Works great. Run about $30-$40. You can buy it at Rammounts.com.
     
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    krowbar New Member

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  11. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    thank you all for this info,
    I'm tired of being called a lier about releasing 20-30lb fish.a picture is worth a million words.LOL
     
  12. bumper

    bumper New Member

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    Well, having a digital camera with a timer makes it a lot easier. Find a spot in the boat to mount or set the camera during the picture. Take a few practice shots to see exactly where you need to be with the fish so you'll be prepared. When you do have the fish in the boat, lay it where you'll be for the pic the go set up the camera and timer and get back fast get the fish and smile:big_smile:. If you don't have a camera with a timer, then take a picture of the fish with something else in the picture for size comparison. Another thing I've did several times is get another boater or someone on the bank to take pictures for me. My second biggest fish ever (my profile pic) was caught while I was fishing alone. A gentleman who lives on the river was outside and I hollered and asked if he minded taking some pics for me. He took some great pics for me and most folks don't mind taking pics, in fact the love seeing a big ol' cat.
     
  13. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    tough job to get u & the fish too !!!
     
  14. Pacman

    Pacman New Member

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    I wish I had the problem more often! I think I'll mount a small plastic box cut out to fit my camera to the back of the front seat pointed toward the back of the boat. A tripod works well on land but leaving the camera in an unstable position while I clumsily stomp around the boat would make me right nervous. With a tripod you still have to get it aimed right. I probably have something around the house that would work. Free solution!!! Now if I can just catch something worth a picture.
    :smile2:
     
  15. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    John, welcome to te BOC/SOC :cool2:, best catfishing site on the web!
     
  16. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

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    Take a big mirror with you. Hold the fish up take the pic into the mirror and you got it. lol. Just kidding. Ram mounts is best, but, you can get a mount that hunters use for their video camera to take videos of their hunt and adapt it to your boat. The screw mounts on cameras and recorders are the same size. Just remember never shoot into the sun. Get the sun behind the camera, or off to one side.
     
  17. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    AwShucks, just add 20 pounds to the fish and put it back in the water. That way when people call you a liar, you won't get as offended, but they will still believe you caught a big fish. LOL
     
  18. turtle1173

    turtle1173 New Member

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    Let me mention first that this is a very high tech method, so it may not be for everyone...

    I put my bait cooler in the front of my boat, put my digital camera on timer mode (10 second delay), try to gauge the right angle, hit the button, run to the back, pick up the fish and pose. I usually take about 3 pics just to make sure.

    Usually I'm more worn out after I release a decent fish (40 lbs +), not from the fight but from the photo session. However, I've managed to take some pretty decent photos. I fish alone quite a bit and this has worked fairly well.
     
  19. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I use the cooler on the tailgate method my self...lol:smile2::smile2: Before I had digital I would just use a tape measure beside the fish. You can always find an empty pop or beer can, but don't throw it back on the ground put it in the trash or take it home.:cool2: Folding money works good too.:wink:
     
  20. FishOnChuck

    FishOnChuck New Member

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    On a pontoon (flat deck), I just set the camera on an ice chest and use the self-timer.