What Is the Water Wolf Camera?
The Water Wolf Camera came to be by a group of fishermen as a hobby project to better understand the way fish react and behave to their baits and lures!
After trying existing cameras on the market for more than a year, they realized a better device was needed. As a result, the group built their own camera.
The camera engineered by the team featured:
- long battery life
- easy operation
- light sensitivity
- can be cast or trolled
Impressed with the Water Wolf Camera, the COAF Field Team purchased a camera and has joined in Water Wolf's "quest to explore and share the amazing stuff that goes on below the surface..."
Why Did We Get One?
We purchased a Water Wolf Camera to see what has been happening to our baits and lures as we fished them. Many times we have fished in an area where we knew fish lurked but we would come away without a bite.
With the Water Wolf Camera, we have observed turtles stealing our bait and small fish like bluegill and sunfish picking our baited hooks clean. Moreover, we have seen larger fish look and turn away from live bait when fishing in our local ponds.
We also have observed catfish and bass strike but soon after drop our bait. What is interesting to see is when a fish makes several attempts to take our bait before finally getting hooked.
So far, the Water Wolf Camera has done its job, providing us videos of what happened to our baits as they sat waiting for a fish to hopefully bite. Our next step is to try the camera while trolling lures for white bass and stripers in our local lakes. More to come in the near future!
Using the Camera
Below are two YouTube videos posted by the manufacturer that detail recording and editing video taken with the Water Wolf Camera.
If you need more information on the Water Wolf Camera, do check out the User Guide.
Recording Your First Video
This video provides information on recording with the camera.
The video shows a fisherman casting the camera, retrieving it, and then a fish striking the lure.
Note the rig used in the video is an unmodified line connector and a heavy lure is used.
The modified line connector described in this article reduces line fouling when using lighter lures. Do check it out in the Modified Line Connector section below.
How To Cut And Share Your First Video
This video above details how to transfer video to your computer, edit your video with VLC, and then share your video.
We especially like the step-by-step details for taking picture snapshots and recording video clips from your raw video.
We strongly recommend using VLC to edit your video, and then converting the video to a format that is compatible with your video editing software.
We convert our video clips from MOV to MP4 using VLC, and then we complete our final video edits using PowerDirector. When done, we post online to YouTube using the online producer function in PowerDirector.
Suggestions and Tips
The following sections are suggestions and tips for using the Water Wolf Camera. The emphasis is on bait fishing and casting; the trolling suggestions and tips are a work in progress.
We hope to provide more suggestions and tips for trolling once we have field tested the camera on at least two of our local lakes. Please check back for updates!
Field test of the Water Wolf Camera using a prototype modification described in the video. The modification is reduced line fouling with the line connector, but we have since adopted the Modified Line Connector described in this article. Note the large Bass captured in the video.
- When using light lures and fishing flies, the line tends to foul with the metal connector pin where you attach the line.
- We tried several modifications to reduce fouling before settling on the one listed below (see Modified Line Connector section).
- We liked this modification as it works well for casting as well as bait fishing, and we anticipate it will work well for trolling.
- When using heavier lures and the original metal connector pin, we applied dental floss to and coated the floss with Hard As Nails Polish to cover the pin and reduce fouling with our line.
Bait - Bread
Bait - Live Bluegill
- There is a bottom fishing rig sold by Water Wolf; however, we have not found any available in our area. The rig looks promising allowing for a breakaway weight and an upright camera position once on the bottom.
- Using material we had on hand for modifications made for casting, we noticed it worked well for bait fishing, too!
- When fishing on the bottom, we use the 6 gram brass weight as it slowly sinks to the bottom and remains level once on the bottom.
- When fishing with live bait, we use the 6 gram or the 9 gram weight, add the float that comes with the camera, and then use a bead and slip bobber knot to adjust the depth of the camera/live bait rig.
Stay tuned for more suggestions and tips for trolling. We hope to try the camera while trolling lures on our local lakes.
One lake has low visibility and another has clearer water. We intend to test the camera on both lakes and post results in the future.
See video for footage while trolling the low visibility lake.
Video by John Skinner - author and avid fisherman that shows outstanding underwater action video of fish reacting to his lures and baits! This clearly shows the capability of the Water Wolf Camera while trolling!
Check out his book Striper Pursuit: Surf Fishing Beyond the Basics.
- Before deploying the camera, make sure the camera cap is sealed. If you're able, use a steel pin to twist the cap closed.
- A steel pin and camera is offered by Water Wolf Camera.
- The steel pin we used is pictured in the sidebar. It is a bathroom key used to open a lock residential bathroom door.
- Be sure to check the red light periodically while fishing. A blinking red light should be seen through the camera cap.
- If you do not see the red light or you see a steady red light, remove the camera cap and turn the camera off. Wait several seconds, and then turn it on again.
- If a blinking red light does not show after 5 seconds, turn the camera off, remove and then reinsert the MicroSD Card.Try turning it on again.
- If the blinking red light does not show after 5 seconds, when you return home try recharging the camera. If the issue is not resolved, contact the manufacturer.
- Be careful not to cast the camera further than the manufacturer's recommendation as the camera could be damaged.
- Use strong braided fishing line to attach your camera to. Use a light pound test leader to run from your camera to the lure or bait. In case the line gets snagged, you will lose your leader and lure/bait instead of your camera!
- When water visibility is low, be sure to shorten your leader accordingly. The recommended leader is 40-60cm; however, in reduced visibility situations, less than 40cm has been the norm in the local ponds fished by the Team.
Modified Line Connector
The Modified Line Connector is used in lieu of the manufacturer's Line Connector. It reduces fouling of the fishing line with the connector. Moreover, you can quickly convert back to the original design in short order. Below are details on how to make the Modified Line Connector.
We recommend purchasing a second Line Connector before proceeding with this modification as one of the collars of the manufacturer's Line Connector will be used and will require cutting the steel pin.
The following is the material list for the Modified Line Connector:
- Collar from manufacturer's Line Connector - refer to parts 4a and 4b in the diagram which make up one part.
- 1 foot of 120 lbs test Nylon Coated Wire Leader and Crimp Sleeves
- 1 Plastic Bead
- Poly Tube used for making tube fishing flies (HMH Product #900100)
- 1 Barrel Swivel
- 1 Barrel Swivel with Snap
- Electrical Tape
Before starting on the modification, first remove the collar from the manufacturer's Line Connector as follows:
- Push the steel pin so the eye extends past the Collar
- Using wire cutters, cut the steel pin as indicated in the diagram in the sidebar
- Once cut, slide the Collar off the steel pin
Steps 1 - 8
After removing the Collar, proceed with the steps listed below:
- Step 1: Attach the Barrel Swivel to the Nylon Coated Wire Leader using two Crimp Sleeves.
- Step 2: Slide on a Plastic Bead.
- Step 3: Cut a 1-5/8" section of Poly Tube, and then slide on the Poly Tube.
- Step 4: Cut a 1-1/4" section of Poly Tube, and then insert the Poly Tube from the back of the camera into the Line Connector groove.
- Step 5: Next, insert the Collar from the front of the camera into the Line Connector groove. Then, slide the Leader through the Poly Tube and Collar.
- Step 6: Cut a 2-7/8" Poly Tube and slide it onto the Leader.
- Step 7: Attach the Barrel Swivel Snap to the Leader using one Crimp Sleeve. Note: Before crimping the sleeve, thread the excess Leader back into the Poly Tube.
- Step 8: Using two wraps of electrical tape at each point shown in the picture below, secure the Collar and Poly Tube that were inserted in the Line Connector Groove.
Note: Prior to using the camera, make sure the crimp sleeves have been crimped properly and does not slip under tension.
Water Wolf Camera videos that may be of interest!