Published Apr 12. 2006

Bring it!

Have your camera on you an ready to shoot.

One of the most common reasons for not getting the really good fishing images is that people simply don't bring their camera. Either it's left at home - which is really stupid - or it's left on the bank or beach - which is just moderately stupid.

If you want to take pictures you need to have the camera with you and on you.

Let's assume that you at least have brought the camera on a fishing trip. That's a good start. The next natural step is to have it on you while fishing. Situations worth photographing appear and disappear within minutes if not seconds, and if you're not ready to shoot quickly, it's all gone.

Envision this: Your friend is fishing next to you. He or she hooks a fish.
"It's a nice one! Can you get a picture?"
Sure you can... you just need to reel in your line, wade in to the bank, drop your rod, unpack your camera and wade back. If your friend is a considerate angler that fish has been fought, landed and released a long time ago.
If you have your camera on you, you won't only get the picture of the fish, but also of the fight.

Another reason for not getting the pictures is that camera-owners are too careful with their cameras. No matter how good the weather is and how safe the wading is, they wrap it in three layers of zip-lock bags and put it in a camera bag. Some of these bags are even referred to as "everready" bags. If there's one thing they aren't, it's ever ready!

Other situations - Remember to grab other situations too. Don't pack away the camera just because you're on the bank or in the car. Situation occur and disappear within minutes - even seconds.
Everyday situation - It's not a trophy, it's not an uncommon situation, it's not dramatic. But it's an excellent image caught because fishing buddy Kasper had the camara ready.
Another solo picture - Again Kasper has taken a picture of a fish while fighting it himself.
Hurrying to the place - By having the camera on me in the water I was able to get many shots of buddy Henning landing this fish.
Being there

Put your camera inside your jacket or waders and don't wrap it in anything but put the strap around your neck or attach it to your waders. The risk of dropping the camera is far greater when unpacking it than when just pulling it out and using it. And the less handling, the safer it is and the quicker you get your pictures. I have bought a giant retractor meant for landing nets, which I use for my compact camera - which by the way has been in the water three times and still works fine.

Weather permitting - Rough weather will often produce some fantastic pictures. But most anglers leave their camera in bags and pockets when it rains or snows. Be quick about it and shelter the camera with your jacket hood, and images like this can be captured with no harm to the camera.
New perspective - A picture like this required me to bring my 2000 dollar camera into the water and holding it in a stretched-out hand above my head (no straps!) and pressing the shutter release. Risky? In a way... but the result was worth it, I think.
Perspective and weather

And do also take pictures in rain, sleet and snow! Images taken under these circumstances will usually come out excellent, and since such pictures are rarely seen, they often stir a lot of interest.
If your camera is an ordinary non-waterproof or non-splash-proof one, just haste with the job to avoid too many drops on (and above all in) the expensive equipment.

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I go along with all that Martin. My dunked camera is as good as ever. However I leave the camera strap through the corner of the ziplock and my vest pocket and can extract it very quickly.

Hi!, I am a Italian photographer, not professional, photographer of fishing. I work for to magazine of fishing "Le vie della pesca in mare" and I have found profits and amusing your suggestions! excuse, I don't speak well American.
hasta luego!

Excellent article, Martin. The Minolta G500 digicam I just treated myself to came with a neck strap, and I must say that is a godsend. I took pictures all day long when I was fishing, and it was simply a matter of grabbing the camera, turning it on, and clicking away. I was one of those guys who used to carry mine in double ziplocks. No more. One thing I would suggest is that the owner of the camera get a little clip to slide on their next strap to keep the camera from dangling when you lean over. I don't like to keep the camera in my wader tops (steamy in there), so leaving it out but clipping it to my shirt of vest keeps things in order.

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