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Angler holding Carp

Nathan Cutler remembers the first big carp he ever hooked. Standing on shore that day in 1999, exhausted and beaten, Cutler lamented the battle, the lost fish and the damage it had inflicted upon his gear. Among the casualties: The carp had stripped 150-yards of line from his spool, straightened the hook, melted the gears in his reel, burned the eyelet inserts on his rod and stripped the reel right off its seat. That was the day the lifelong Canadian…

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High school bass anglers win big via on-the-water screen time Kids today have been brought up in the screen generation. It’s a big reason so many young anglers have such a natural affinity for an underwater camera. A depthfinder can only show you so much, but put an Aqua-Vu in front of a kid and watch them light up. It’s pure excitement, but it’s also a great way to help these future anglers learn fish behaviors and how they react…

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Aqua-Vu Bluegill

From an angler’s perspective, sight-fishing for bass or other fish in dingy-water seems like a waste of time. But drop the optics of a high-definition Aqua-Vu camera into the dark abyss and perceptions of water clarity take a surprisingly positive turn. It’s a tantalizing possibility offered by angling electronics guru Dr. Jason Halfen, who frequently fishes dark-water rivers and reservoirs. “Around the country, we have a lot of stained or dirty water and that’s particularly true of the flowages and…

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Aqua Vu Bass

Beneath the surface, things rarely match the imagination. Consider the aquatic blind-spot beneath a boat dock. What about that big sunken tree you’ve tried to fish? Who knows what might be living in that limb-infested snarl. Any bass below that patch of lily pads, or lingering around those bridge pilings? What sonar can’t show clearly, an Aqua-Vu can. By simply connecting your Aqua-Vu underwater camera to a telescopic pole, you can unlock a whole new world of underwater discovery. The…

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Goliath Grouper Boatside

A 29-hour drive to escape the Minneapolis riots had landed fishing guide Paul Hartman and his family in Marco Island, Florida. On May 31, Hartman, his wife Kimberly and stepchildren Reegan and Owen Werner would be 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, wrestling a record-class goliath grouper. Before the battle ensued, they’d watch the mammoth fish bite on the screen of their Aqua-Vu underwater camera. Early in the day, on the way to their offshore fishing spot, Hartman…

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