The problem with filming and fishing is that filming usually takes hands and with both hands already on the rod the fisherman isn’t really left with enough units to operate a camera. Also, when you go fishing with friends no one really wants to spend their time filming when they can be fishing instead. So to solve this problem, about a year ago, I bought myself a GoPro camera to film my fishing trips. The GoPro came with a head strap allowing me to film with my head instead while having two free hands to fish. This seemed good in theory but I soon encountered a few problems:
- despite being a small camera it eventually put a strain on the neck,
- not being able to see the camera, it becomes difficult to aim or know if it is still recording,
- and being on the head of a fisherman constantly looking around for rising fish meant that stability was constantly compromised.
Then, a few weeks ago I got myself a new toy: the GoPro chest mount. At B1,750, I eliminated all the problems I had previously encountered. No more shakiness, no more neck strain and much easier to control camera aim.
Here is a video I made of my first test run of the camera on my morning cycle to my Bangkok office. I think I’ll go and explore some neighbourhoods like this in the future so if you have any ‘hoods in Bangkok that needs filming let me know. I look forward to unleashing this new toy on the snakeheads.