Your aqua vue can be lowered into the water from any anchored boat or pontoon, as well as from docks, breakwaters, and fishing piers.
If you’re ready to take it a step further and want to rig your awesome underwater camera system to a boat for an immersive viewing of gripping underwater scenery like plants, rocks, and other bottom features (and fish! ), keep reading to learn how to tow aqua vue behind the boat.
How to pull aqua vue behind the boat
To rig your evolutionary aqua-vu camera device to your boat for an out-of-this-world underwater fishing cum viewing experience, follow the steps below:
How to pull aqua vue behind the boat – step by step
Remove the monitor’s power cable from the back.
Remove the display from the shuttle by unscrewing the two mountain nuts.
You can attach the aqua vue monitor to a variety of boat electronic mounts, including bluewater mounts, using the ports on the back of the monitor.
Connect your camera to the mount of your choice, and then secure it to the boat.
The aqua vue camera will be operated by your boat’s 12V power system via the accessory’s wiring harness.
To make wiring the aqua vue camera to the boat easier, you can need to add a 12v easy connect plug.
When it’s time to get back on the ice, the plug also makes it easy to remove the camera from the boat.
You are now able to attach the aqua vue camera device to the power source.
Simply attach the monitor and shuttle to the two labeled ports on the wiring harness.
And that’s it!
You’ve successfully rigged your camera to the boat, so go ahead and swim it over the bottom-most landscape of your favorite fishing grounds while observing “what’s really down there” for more fun!
If you missed it, watch this video, which takes you through the steps in a straightforward and concise manner.
Use of ballast weights and front viewing fin
The bulk of open-water viewing is achieved when “moving” – for example, while floating or slow-trolling.
When viewing from a moving boat, adding ballast weights and the front-viewing fin (included in most models) to the camera before rigging it is the safest way to monitor the camera (hold it down and keep images forward-looking).
The weights keep the camera weighted down, and the front-viewing fin helps maintain a forward-oriented viewing posture as the aqua vue travels through water.
What is the best way to attach ballast weights?
- Align the pre-drilled holes on the supplied ballast weights with the holes on the underside of your camera.
- Bolt the weights to the camera and mount them to the aqua vue.
What is the right way to attach the stabilizing fin?
- Look for pre-drilled holes near the aqua vue camera’s tail.
- Slide the stabilizing fin onto the tail, making sure the predrilled holes in the stabilizing fin fit the predrilled holes in your camera’s fin (the holes should match precisely).
- Mount the fin to the camera with a bolt (if your model uses locknuts, you may need to tighten them with a pair of pliers).
Note: When ice fishing, the weights and fins should be removed.
Tips for viewing from a moving boat
Lower the camera to the very bottom.
Simply lower the aqua vue to the bottom to begin your viewing expedition—in most water bodies, fish are drawn to the bottom structure.
Quick Tip: If you unexpectedly “hit bottom” or bump a rock, the camera will not be hurt, so lower it all the way!
Don’t forget to point the camera in the right direction.
When drifting/slow-trolling, you must obviously direct the aqua vue over the ups and downs of the bottom contours.
Most adventurers, fortunately, easily learn how to “swim” their aqua vue over bottom terrain.
You should get your head around it as well.
Here’s how to switch the camera around:
• Simply raise/lower the aqua vue camera with the cable in hand, paying out less or more cable depending on the depth and speed of the boat.
• As you go along, keep a constant picture of the passing-by bottom and the watery zone occupied by fish just above it on the camera screen.
Important: When viewing from above a soft bottom, make sure the camera is not plowing or “stirring up” the muck.
So, if you can’t see the bottom, simply lift or lower the aqua vue to “look” for it!
What if the camera gets tangled up?
Another option is that the camera gets tangled. If this occurs, reposition your boat so that the pull direction is the same as it was before the aqua vue got snagged.
Then wiggle the camera around a little (or tug it lightly). This normally aids in removing the camera from the snag.
Fast Tip: If possible, stop dragging the aqua vue through dense brush or weeds. You could end up hurting it.
How do I get the aqua vue to fly in the right direction?
Using the previously attached front-viewing fin to view the underwater scenery in the travel direction.
Simply troll (at a speed of no more than 2 mph) or float through whatever you want to see to accomplish this.
The aqua vue will face your boat’s current direction of travel thanks to the front-viewing fin.
Quick Tip: The camera is mounted to allow you to watch the scenic underwater in the opposite direction of the boat’s travel if you use the back-viewing fin (which can be bought online or from dealers).
Learning to pull aqua vue behind the boat is close to learning to ride a bike: it only gets easier after you’ve done it a few times.
To that end, don’t tear your hair out if it appears to be a difficult nut to crack at first; the more repetitions you try, the better.
Finally, the sheer pleasure of seeing real-time, real-life footage of fish (and their surroundings) makes it all worthwhile.