GoPro is an incredibly efficient action camera when it comes to shooting your hunting and fishing adventures! This is mainly due to its small size, ease of use and high image quality as well as for its accessories that will let you mount GoPros everywhere you can imagine!
So in this article you’ll learn how to use GoPro for fishing, best settings and accessories to help you shoot better videos while fishing.
Best GoPro for Fishing
Basically, any GoPro is suitable for filming simple fishing days. But of course, latest models deliver a better overall performance in terms of functionality (voice control, longer battery life, better control, etc) and a higher image quality (4k recording, better audio, stabilization, etc). And there’s even a wider choice of GoPro fishing mounts for newer models such as Hero 5/6/7/8.
- BUNDLE: GoPro HERO8 Black Camera + PNY Elite-X 64GB microSDHC Card with...
- STREAMLINED DESIGN - The re-imagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at...
- HERO8 BLACK MODS - Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than...
Check out this amazing video from a fisherman’s perspective where he tests and reviews the GoPro Hero 8, hitting the water by boat, kayak and land.
5 GoPro Fishing Mounts to Help You Film Your Fishing Moments
For making your fishing trip all the more memorable, here are some awesome clamps and mounts which you can tag along on your next expedition. They would not only help you capture your beautiful fishing stories, but also enhance your overall experience.
#1: Fishing Pole Clamp for GoPro Hero 8/7/6/5/4/3+
- Durable nylon material clamp instead of plastic,with strong stability and is not easy...
- Standard 1/4"-20 thread with tripod mount adapter for sport action cameras, light...
- Works for any pole up to 1.3 inch in diameter.
What we like: It is a strong mount made of durable nylon material and anti-slip rubber pads which makes it easy to clamp on the fishing rods. The mount is strong, stable and keeps the GoPro in place for capturing stunning footage. This mount works for any pole up to 1.3 inch in diameter. Multi-Angle and multi-joints design provides an additional benefit for filming from various angles.
What we don’t like: We didn’t find any major cons.
#2: Powered GoPro Mount for Boats
- Navigation light base powered & mounted action camera extension mounting stick
- Power stick provides power thru two (2) USB power ports and holds your phone securely
- Plugs into the navigation light port on the front or back of your boat. Made of...
What we like: This is an extremely useful power stick mount for your boat. It provides power through two USB power ports and can easily plug into the navigation light port on the front or back of your boat. The mount is made of strong, durable material and secures the gear very firmly. This power mount has a IPX6 waterproof USB: 2.1 on top and standard 1.0 on bottom and provides power to all electronic gear.
What we don’t like: Make sure to unplug it on windy, bumpy days. It might not stick or hold the gear that firmly.
#3: GoPro Suction Cup Mount
- Attach your GoPro to cars, boats, motorcycles and more
- Industrial strength suction cup proven at speeds of 150+ mph
- Engineered to provide a broad range of motion and stability
What we like: This amazing suction cup mount for holding your GoPro while fishing ensures a wonderful experience. It is engineered well to hold the gear firmly and provide stable footage. The suction cup mount is proven to function well even at speeds of 150+ mph. This mount is recommended for non-impact activities like fishing only and its quick release base makes it convenient to move between locations for varied angle shots.
What we don’t like: The cup works well, but it is a bit more expensive than other options available.
#4: Fishing Line Camera Mount for GoPro
- Descend camera above a burley cage to get amazing footage of different fish.
- Learn more about fish feeding behaviours and feed times.
- Are the fish there and not biting? Now you will know!
What we like: Ever wondered what it is like to capture the depths of water while enjoying fishing? Well! This fishing line camera mount is not just strong and durable but allows you to capture the beautiful underwater stories. You simply need to attach your GoPro over a burley cage to get amazing footage of varied fish activities. It helps you record and understand fish behaviour and variations in your area. Fishing was never so much fun before!
What we don’t like: We didn’t find any significant cons regarding this mount.
#5: Scotty #135 Portable Camera/Compass Mount for Kayaks & Boats
- Package length: 15.24 cm
- Package width: 10.921 cm
- Package height: 3.81 cm
What we like: It’s a complete delight for all fishing lovers to capture 360 degree variation in shots. This versatile mount can attach on any pole from 5/8” – 1 3/8” in diameter. It is easy to rotate, turn and twist in any direction you want to capture stunning footage. The mount is easily portable and securely holds the camera without any additional support. The compass mount is solid, flexible and pocket friendly as well.
What we don’t like: The mount works well with small cameras but can be a hassle with the bulky ones.
How to Use GoPro while Fishing
Filming your fish huntings can be really interesting, and at the same time it can get quite tricky without the right GoPro settings and GoPro fishing mounts. If you are out fishing, attaching a GoPro with different clamps and mounts to your boats/kayaks it’s almost essential if you want to enjoy this activity. The mounts mentioned in the above section can be placed in different positions to get the best possible shots!
Overall, I found the Suction Cup Mounts very useful because they can be clamped on any smooth surface on your kayaks or boats.
The picture above shows one setup with a Suction Cup Mount and GorillaPod Arm. The next image shows a suction cup mount attached directly on the front of the kayak. You can very quickly and super easily reposition the camera for different angles. If you are using it for the first time, make sure to tie it up well.
The Compass Mount for kayaks and boats is pretty awesome as well. You can rotate it in any possible direction and get the perfect shots. The image below shows a compass mount with GoPro attached.
Use GoPro Polarising Filters to Reduce Water Reflection
When shooting in spaces with a lot of glare like in water or snow, you can always opt for Polarising Filters. GoPro polarizing filters are used to filter out the sun reflecting into the water. They are of best use when you are filming in direct sunlight. We can call them some kind of lens filters which restrict the light entering your camera. They remove glare from non-metallic objects which in turn creates more naturally saturated colours. The pictures look less hazy and more vibrant with an increase in color saturation and contrast.
Also check out: Top 14 GoPro Filters (Neutral Density, Polarizing, & Underwater)
In the above image, the rocks at the bottom are so clear because the reflections off the lake surface have been greatly reduced (this picture was shot by Zaprin Geguskov).
Here are some great polarizing filters that we recommend:
CPL Camera Lens Polarizing Filter for GoPro Hero 5/6/7 & 2018
This Camera Lens Polarizing Filter for GoPro is made of environment friendly aluminium and matte black finish to absorb unwanted reflections and increases color saturation. It is a lightweight, weather resistant, durable thin glass made to protect the lens from sharp glares producing rich and vibrant shots.
- TELESIN CPL Filter is specially designed compatible for GoPro Hero 7 Black, Hero...
- High transmittance over 99.5% does not reduce image quality, ultra-thin glass design...
- Multi-layer coating optical glasses with aircraft aluminum frame,lightweight and...
Magnetic CPL Camera Lens Polarizing Filter for GoPro Hero 8
This multi-coated polarising filter for Hero 8 is designed to minimize reflection and produce well-balanced, vibrant images. It works exceptionally well for portraits, reducing the area of field by blurring the background with main focus on the object. The filter eliminates reflections from scattered light in air and allows the photographer to use wider apertures or slower shutter speeds in bright light conditions as well.
- Precisely engineered for GoPro Hero 8 Black camera lens
- This particular filter is multi-coated to minimize reflection on the filter surface,...
- Reduce an amount of visible light that enters the lens, allowing the user to utilize...
Best GoPro Settings for Fishing
The table below shows the best GoPro settings for fishing.
|Frame Rate (FPS)||30/60|
Also check out: GoPro Settings Explained: Best for Action, Travel and More
The video below gives useful information about the best GoPro settings for making fishing videos from a fisherman’s point of view:
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