Filming you fishing trips has become very easy with the new generation of waterproof cameras on the market. But even with the newest equipment, some times things don’t go as planned. In the last few weeks, I’ve been plagued with a bad case of the drops.
It started out at Toledo Bend, when I took off the sweatshirt I was wearing, and tossed it back to the seats in the Phoenix. That’s when the guy with me said the 4 words I’ve never hoped to ever hear in the boat, “Was that your phone?” Somehow my Iphone had not only managed to get out of the pocket, but also missed the deck, side of the boat and floorboards and was headed to the bottom. Since I was in 35 feet of water at the time, the waterproof case wasn’t doing me a lot of good. The one bright spot was that the office didn’t call me for the next couple of days. Or maybe they did but some catfish answered for me.
That was bad enough but my troubles weren’t quite over yet. The very next week, I was out on the lake at the house filming some stuff for one of my video tips. Because of the sound quality, or lack thereof, on the GoPros that I film with, I use a wireless microphone system for recording. It’s a pretty simple system, a receiver plugs into the camera and a transmitter clips onto my belt or in this case, slips into my pocket. Well, slips might be the key word in this case, because as I leaned over to tie up the boat when I got back, that’s just what the transmitter did, slipped out of my pocket. I got lucky this time and it managed to hit the dock, but despite the desperate dive for it, it stilled managed to bounce into the lake. It’s a shame I’d already cut the camera off because I’m pretty sure my not so graceful grab for the transmitter would have gotten a few chuckles out of you guys. On second thought, the tirade after it hit the water was probably best left unshared.
Well, they say bad things come in threes, so I expect any time now, you’ll either see me dragging the bottom of some lake looking for a rod I’ve managed to throw overboard or possibly even see some footage of me exiting the boat without benefit of a dock or shore. In the time before that happens, I’ll just share this bit of video with you that’s more exciting, although probably not as amusing as me falling out of the boat will be. I’d normally use it for an upcoming video tip, but since the new wireless system hadn’t made it in yet, the sound isn’t up to my normal standards. It is a good preview of what to expect on next week’s video about a new frog I’ve been experimenting with, so stay tuned. Assuming I manage to keep everything in the boat, that video should be pretty good.