Aqua-Vu Credited for Big Bass Wins

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Anyone who’s fished North America’s big bass lakes in recent seasons has seen the signs: Clearing waters. Schools of trophy smallmouths shifting deeper and deeper. Tournament game plans evolving to spot-lock, sweet-spot fests—anglers mining small, specific sections of underwater real estate.

At the recent Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs, Minnesota—an increasingly clear mega smalljaw water—individual boulder piles in relatively deep water produced prodigious sacks of bronze bass.

Not two weeks later, at the Berkley B1 Canadian Bass Open— Canada’s premiere fishing event—Ryan Flaro and Scott Lefebvre walked away with a big victory, once again extracting big smallmouths from deep structure.

Flaro, a walleye guide by trade, has been on a roll this year, winning an FLW Pro Bass 150 event and several other tournaments around Lake St. Francis, Ontario, which forms a portion of the St. Lawrence River. Following his team’s win at the B1 Bass Open—and countless regional wins spanning several years— Flaro finally decided to divulge the secret to his fish-finding success.

“I don’t use sonar like most anglers,” Flaro admitted. “When I’m searching for fish, I use an Aqua-Vu underwater camera one-hundred percent of the time. The only thing I use my graph for is following depth contours and structure on the digital lake map. When I find an important school of fish with the camera, I drop a waypoint.

“It is absolutely the best way to locate and know you’re on tournament-winning schools of bass. A week before the Bass Open, I spent all my prefish time scouting with the Aqua-Vu. We never even fished before the tournament started. On the final prefish day, I checked on my fish with a quick drop of the camera and then headed right back to the ramp.”image1

Pre-tournament camera work helped Flaro and Lefebvre narrow down their strategy to five or six key spots—choice rock piles and current breaks in 20 to 40 feet of water.

“The camera gave us the confidence to park on our spots, knowing we had big bass below us. We’d spot-lock in place with the Minn Kota, and put green-goby pattern tubes and dropshot rigs in the strike zone. Every 30 to 40 minutes, we’d move on to the next school of bass and catch several more.”

As a refreshing departure from traditional pay-to-play sponsorships, Flaro and Lefebvre admitted they believe so strongly in the power of Aqua-Vu cameras, that they’ve displayed the logo on their tournament jerseys out of goodwill alone. “For the past eight years, I’ve paid for every one of the Aqua-Vu cameras I use for my guide service and tournament fishing. The customer service at this company has treated me so well. It’s the only camera brand that’s built by people who actually fish; the only one that tracks straight and stable underwater. It’s super durable, and has an intelligent sunshield that lets you see the screen in bright sun.

“People talk about trusting your electronics,” Flaro adds. “I trust my Aqua-Vu. Sonar can show fish. But the camera reveals the species and size of fish in the area. Gives me confidence and the patience to stay put. Eventually the fish always bite.”

Like other lakes throughout the U.S., Flaro says the St. Lawrence River system is clearing. “A lot of the bass in these lakes used to be on sand flats, but these shallow water fish get extraordinarily pressured. The clearer water has played a role in pushing them deeper, too.AV_XDCam1_lores

“At a lot of these bass tournaments now, most of my friends are using an Aqua-Vu to find their fish. Anglers are learning that a camera is the absolute secret to uncovering unknown schools of big fish. It’s an overlooked technology, but one that’s given me a ton of fun and fishing success.”


Aqua-Vu Unveils the Ultimate Underwater Camera

AV_HDD4 copyHigh Def HD700i delivers sets gold standard in screen clarity and low light functionality

Crosslake, Minn. – High definition has transformed TV watching from dry and lackluster to dynamic and utterly engrossing. The progressive video technology continues to blow people’s minds with its hyper-realistic digital picture and sound. HDTV is like “being there,” viewers say, right in the middle of the action. The dazzling color and clarity of the viewscreen virtually transport you to the scene, almost as if the video landscape beckons you to interact with it.

In the realm of underwater viewing, such spectacular screen detail has proved to be a massive advantage, as Aqua-Vu unleashes the amazing new HD700i. The steadfast leader in underwater video technology for two decades, Aqua-Vu released the industry’s first high definition underwater viewing system for fishing last winter—the ice fishing-centric Multi-VuÔ HD. Now, the company has taken the technology to dazzling heights with the HD700i, a complete HD underwater viewing system, including the first truly daylight viewable LCD and progressive XD Camera.

AV700i_webThe transformation from analog to digital underwater video has delivered dramatic rewards for anglers. Foremost among them is low light vision—the ability to display a colorful, crystal-clear screen image, even in dark water and well past sundown, when a lack of light has long rendered most underwater cameras ineffective.

Last winter, while testing the new XD Camera, Hall of Fame angler and world-renowned photographer Bill Lindner captured some staggering comparison footage, detailing the dramatic differences between existing underwater technologies. “The variation in screen quality blew us away,” said Lindner. “With the Aqua-Vu XD cam, we were seeing fish and vegetation in total color, even in 10- to 12-feet of water, an hour past sunset.

“Above the water and below, I have used probably every camera on the market,” Linder continued. “Honestly, this new XD Camera from Aqua-Vu yields the sharpest, brightest, cleanest underwater images I’ve ever seen, even exceeding the popular P.O.V. cams. The low light capabilities of the HD700i are incredible; unheard of.”

Headlining its epic spec list, the HD700i system includes a 7-inch daylight viewable LCD, which displays HD underwater video at an extra bright 1800 Nits—4 times the screen brightness of previous technology. The monitor boasts an impressive IP67 waterproof rating for total peace of mind. The LCD also includes an auto-heat function for seamless use in cold weather. An HDMI video-out port provides an interface for digital recording devices or auxiliary HD TV monitors, such as for large ice fishing houses. (The digital video signal allows for superior resolution on big screen LCD TVs.)

Re-engineered for versatility and user-friendliness, Aqua-Vu’s new XD Camera is sheathed in a tough zinc-alloy casing, muted in matte black for superior underwater stealth.

To keep the camera tracking straight forward and backward as well as multiple view angles, the HD700i features the Quick Attachment System™ for instantly changing trolling fins for forward and reverse viewing, as well as ice fishing position clips for up-, down- and side viewing. The HD Aqua-Vu also features an interactive Live Strike™ sight fishing system for viewing lures in real time. Connecting camera to LCD is 100 feet of 200-pound test optical cable.

AV_XDCam1_loresOperating at an industry-best 720p HD resolution, the XD Camera provides a crystalline, color underwater picture. Possibly even more impressive than the HD700i’s daylight viewability and vivid video, however, is its ability to project a clear image in dark water. Beyond the XD Camera’s built-in, anti-spook IR Lighting, the optics is also imbued with a low-light image sensor, yielding never-before-seen clarity in dark or dirty water.

“My passion is filming underwater footage of fish in their natural habitat,” Lindner said. “But as a fisherman, I also recognize the amazing applications of this new HD Aqua-Vu system. It’s going to show anglers the underwater world like they’ve never seen it before. And the camera’s low light abilities mean they’ll be able to observe night time feeding behaviors of walleyes, crappies and other fish, perhaps for the first time ever.”

Available at major outdoor retailers in late summer, the new Aqua-Vu HD700i Underwater Viewing System comes with everything you need to find and surveil the fish you seek—all in spectacular HD color and clarity. With a suggested retail price of $699.99, the HD700i includes LCD monitor, XD Camera, 12-volt battery and battery charger and a custom soft carrying bag. For more information, visit


The ‘Eyes Have It

High Definition Aqua-Vu underwater camera documents wild walleye run

Crosslake, MN (May 15, 2016) – It is happening. Across North America, waves of big beautiful walleyes are advancing on their spawning grounds. And for the shortest of nocturnal windows, these remarkable fish are putting on a spectacular show—presenting anglers with fleeting glances at a quarry that will soon live up to its reputation . . . mystifying and mysterious . . . as it disappears back into the depths.

But for now, this popular sportfish is providing an amazing underwater spectacle.


“From above, you see these ghostly glowing eyeballs moving like wraiths up the river,” says Bill Lindner, cackling like a mad scientist. The Hall of Fame angler and world-renowned fish photographer recently spent several nights pursuing the passion that’s made him famous: capturing the magical underwater behaviors of freshwater fish.

For the past several months, Lindner has stood in amazement behind the monitor of his Aqua-Vu HD cam, witnessing elusive aquatic exhibitions, such the under-ice behaviors of largemouth bass, twilight movements of big sunfish and crappies, and Great Lakes Kamloops rainbow trout. His next endeavor? “Eavesdropping on giant spawning muskies,” Lindner interjects with excitement evident in his demeanor.

In a nutshell, the legendary Lindner has seen and learned things by looking through a scuba mask and an Aqua-Vu camera that most anglers only dream about. “Last year we used the HD cam to capture footage of northern pike slashing and attacking schools of shiner minnows—never-before-seen stuff.” (The footage will be released later this spring.)

“I’ve spent a lot of years working with just about every conceivable camera on the market—above the water and below. This new high def camera from Aqua-Vu yields the sharpest, brightest, cleanest underwater images I’ve ever seen. Its low light capabilities are incredible, unheard of.

Back at the walleye run, fish continue congregating in the river by the dozen—fecund female walleyes easily topping 10 pounds and males that sometimes exceed 30 years of age. “Biologists who work spawning runs for egg-gathering operations have told me these same fish return year after year. They used to talk about a single giant female that had revisited the spawning site for over a dozen springs. The last year they saw her, she weighed just over twenty pounds.”

With anticipation evident in his eyes, Lindner beams. “Can’t imagine better motivation for getting out on the water come Opening Day.”

Aqua-Vu Aligns with ‘Electronics Doc’

Underwater camera leader taps pro Bruce Samson, expands educational outreach of angling electronics

Crosslake, MN. (January 12, 2016) – Apart from most angling electronics today, learning to use an Aqua-Vu underwater camera is simple. Deploy the optics and watch the screen. The fish you see through the lens are the same fish you strive to catch—no guesswork necessary. That said, the best anglers have learned to employ a full armada of electronics—sonar, GPS and underwater viewing—to gain the most complete aquatic perspective.
DocS_AquaVu2Among a growing delegation of angling tech-heads, Dr. Bruce Samson likely leads the modern electronics charge. A longtime user of Aqua-Vu underwater viewing systems, Samson recently reconnected with the Minnesota based angling optics company, adding a critical component to his popular educational programs.

Doc Samson— a legendary tournament angler who conducts a series of comprehensive electronics seminars at retail locations as well as special on-the-water events—says an Aqua-Vu underwater camera is an indispensable element in his fish finding arsenal.

“Even with the amazing images displayed by modern sonar, every angler needs an Aqua-Vu to see what’s really down there; to confirm or refute what you think you’re seeing on sonar,” says Samson. “For species identification alone, an Aqua-Vu is a must-have tool.

“Most folks think cameras only work in clear water,” he adds. “But the truth is, even in heavily stained water in summer, an Aqua-Vu still clearly shows me the fish species I’m seeing on sonar. And when fish are buried in vegetation or wood, it’s the only tool that clearly reveals what’s living there.”

Adding even more convenience, says Samson, is the modern ability to connect an Aqua-Vu camera directly to a video-enabled sonar unit. “Both the Aqua-Vu Micro and the Multi-Vu Camera System attach directly to my boat’s main sonar, so I can view underwater video and sonar images side-by-side on the same bright, colorful LCD. It’s an awesome one-two fish-finding punch.”

Aqua-Vu president Ben Gibbs extols Samson’s strong presence in social and other media and notes a new cooperative concept called What Is It? “Doc has been a longtime supporter of Aqua-Vu, and we’re excited to partner with him on an official basis. His ‘What is it’ concept presents powerful, visual underwater images that help folks recognize why an Aqua-Vu is such an important fishing tool.”

Via Facebook, consumers are presented with a sonar image and asked to identify what’s on the screen (What Is It?). A week later, an Aqua-Vu video clip reveals the answer. The first to correctly identify the species or scenario wins a new Aqua-Vu underwater viewing system. To date, the contest has garnered thousands of entries from curious consumers, with plans to continue well into 2016.

DocS_AquaVu1“We recognize the growing demand for fishing electronics,” says Gibbs. “And the need to continually teach folks simple ways to use our underwater viewing technology to put more fish in their boats.

“Data from has revealed huge growth in sales of underwater cameras during the past two years,” adds Gibbs. “As Doc says, anyone who fishes needs an Aqua-Vu to discover what’s really below the surface. Through great online, on-water and retail learning, anglers can get the most from our underwater camera technology.”

Aqua-Vu goes underwater High-Def

AV_HDD4 copyFishing optics company engineers first consumer-friendly HD digital fishing camera  

Crosslake, Minn. – Visualize grand and vibrant underwater vistas: the Great Barrier Reef in all its aquamarine glory; the awesome power of Victoria Falls and Niagara; the haunting depths of Blue Hole, Bahamas. Closer to your home waters, imagine viewing legions of largemouth bass, clouds of crappies, mighty pike on patrol—all in the stunning color and clarity of a big-screen theater experience.

Given our lack gills and built-in scuba goggles, Aqua-Vu has been happy these past two decades to oblige anglers with exciting glimpses into the world beneath the surface. So it was that the leading edge optics company made waves this week, releasing news of Multi-Vu HD, an advanced underwater viewing system equipped with high definition color optics, wide-field viewing and superior low-light performance.

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Two years ago, in response to swift growth in sales of underwater cameras, Aqua-Vu began engineering an affordable HD viewing system expressly for anglers. Equipped with SONY® digital HD optics and a professional grade image sensor, the Multi-Vu HD Underwater Viewing System yields the clearest, most dynamic underwater video available. An ultra-wide field of view also assures anglers will see every underwater detail—from shiners and zooplankton to that big bass hiding in a brushpile.

“This truly is an HD viewing system designed for anglers,” says Thomas Maschhoff, Vice President of Aqua-Vu. “What separates Multi-Vu HD from all other HD cameras is its ease of use on the water. The size, weight, and hydrodynamics of the Aqua-Vu Fish Cam™ are elaborately engineered to provide stable viewing at any depth or current condition. There’s no need for extra hardware or accessories to get the clearest, best view of what’s happening below at all times.”

In addition to exceptional daytime visibility, Aqua-Vu’s HD system is also specially equipped for enhanced night fishing or low light / low-clarity situations. An advanced image sensor provides a major boost in performance over existing cameras. In underwater tests, the new HD light sensor displayed dynamic color and clarity even in dark conditions, as well as excellent visibility for up to an extra half hour past twilight.

“This technology gives anglers fishing a night bite a clear picture of the action, even after other cameras lose their color and their picture,” says Maschhoff. “It’s a pretty dramatic difference, and one anglers will appreciate right away.”

Multi-VuHD_01A true high definition underwater viewing system, Multi-Vu HD includes an HD Fish Cam plus ballast weights and viewing fin, 100-feet of 200-pound test digital cable, and an Aqua-Vu Control Box with power connections and HDMI video-out terminal. A powerful, adjustable LED light system further illuminates dark or deep waters. Compatible with any TV, computer, sonar or other LCD display equipped with an HDMI input, Multi-Vu HD offers tremendous value for both ice and openwater anglers.

“Anglers are going to be blown away by the clarity and color of this digital HD camera,” adds Maschhoff. “Should make for an entertaining winter of fishing.”

Timed in concert with the upcoming ice fishing season, Multi-Vu HD (MSRP $399.99) is now available at retail— especially welcome news for fishers outfitting their wheeled ice shelters. For more information, visit, or stop by the Aqua-Vu booth or participating ice fishing house manufacturers during winter sport shows—the Hardwater Ice Fishing Expo, St. Paul Ice Fishing Show, and Milwaukee Ice Fishing Show.

Aqua-Vu® Unveils Bonus Technology in Temperature and Depth Seeking Camera

Next-level Micro DT Underwater Viewing System rapidly reveals productive fishing patterns

Crosslake, Minn. (September xx, 2015) – Anglers call it pattern fishing; a set of variables that come together to form consistently successful fishing. In terms of fish location—that most important of all fishing factors— no dynamic is more important than depth. Less investigated, yet almost equally influential on fish position, is water temperature.

AV_DT_LeftFaceBass_web1Providing solutions to several layers of the pattern fishing mystery, Aqua-Vu recently unveiled bonus technology for its popular Micro camera series. The new Aqua-Vu Micro® DT features advanced color optics as well as digital readouts of water depth and water temperature, from one to 100 feet.

“For quickly determining a productive pattern, the Micro DT might be the most powerful fishing tool I’ve used,” says professional guide and tournament angler, Brian Brosdahl. “The ability to deploy the Aqua-Vu optics and instantly receive an accurate profile of temperature throughout the water column is invaluable. Not only can I quickly determine water temperature at any depth, I also have the added bonus of seeing fish there, as well as what the bottom looks like at any precise depth.”

Bro notes that each species maintains a different “optimum temperature range” in which they’re most comfortable, and where they’re most likely to feed actively. “Walleyes really thrive at about 67 degrees. Largemouths flourish in the low 70s. Yet while the surface temperature gauge on your sonar gives a superficial glimpse of temperature, the Micro DT determines water temperature at various depths where fish live, which can vary by a dozen degrees or more from the surface.”

Also noteworthy, says Bro, is the camera’s ability to quickly determine the depth of the thermocline. “Whether or not anglers realize it, the thermocline has a dramatic bearing on their fishing success. The Micro DT provides the fastest, easiest means of discovering the depth range of this valuable underwater zone.

“For example, I just fished a good bass lake where the water temperature was in the mid 70s from the surface all the way to 24 feet. But between 25 and 27, water temperature dipped from 72 to 65 degrees. Smallmouths love 65-degree water. We went to two totally separate spots on this lake, and found a mega school of smallmouths holding at 25 feet in both locations. Without first discovering the depth of the thermocline, locating these bass might have taken hours, days or longer.”IMG_3276

Initially sold as an add-on camera module for Aqua-Vu Micro 5 and Micro 5 PLUS Underwater Viewing Systems, interchanging the Micro DT is as simple as plugging the new camera into the back of the Aqua-Vu LCD. Complete with 100 feet of high strength camera cable and stealthy, thumb-sized optics, the Micro DT module also includes a compact cable wrap system. High-resolution color optics also provide constant displays of water temperature (Celsius and Fahrenheit) and depth (feet and meters).

Fresh- and saltwater ready, the Aqua-Vu Micro DT underwater camera module retails for $219.99 and is designed for use in any fishing or underwater inspection application. For more information on the full line of Aqua-Vu fishing technology, visit

The Sonar – Underwater Camera Connection

Aqua-Vu’s amazing Multi-Vu System instantly adds underwater video to your sonar unit or LCD 

Crosslake, Minn. – High-tech fish finders show us relatively realistic underwater images. And yet, anglers still often find themselves questioning what they’re seeing on screen. Is that a fish or a school of bait? Is it a bass or a bullhead? Any crappies hiding in that brushpile? Bass buried in the grass? Why won’t those walleyes bite?
Where sonar provides clues, an underwater camera reveals real-life answers. Both tools belong in the boat and in your ice fishing shelter. And now, thanks to a new device from Aqua-Vu, anglers can see all perspectives of the underwater world on a single screen. The Multi-Vu Underwater Camera Adaptor System instantly adds underwater video functionality to your boat’s sonar, or a TV inside your large ice fishing shelter.

Coupled with the Multi-Vu System, any sonar or TV equipped with a video input can be immediately transformed into a clear, colorful underwater viewer. Compatible sonar systems include products from Lowrance, Garmin and Raymarine.

“The Multi-Vu system provides an awesome interface between my Aqua-Vu and my big screen sonar,” says professional angler Bruce “Doc” Samson. “Real-time underwater video gives me a superior view of my fishing area, in the sharpest, brightest, and most amazing sunlight viewable picture available. The ability to view sonar sigAV_MV02_vidcap1nals side-by-side with real-time underwater video is a remarkable advantage that also gives me a big boost in fishing confidence.”

Available in two versions, Multi-Vu can be purchased as a complete camera system or camera adaptor only. The complete Multi-Vu Underwater Viewing Adaptor System (MSRP $299.99) features a high-res (600 lines of resolution) Aqua-Vu Color Underwater Video Camera with adjustable LED lighting, 100 feet of 200-pound-test cable with Cable Wrap and waterproof Multi-Vu Control Box. The Multi-Vu Adaptor only (MSRP $99.99) includes a 12-volt power supply cable, video-out, on/off switch and camera light dimmer; it is compatible with Aqua-Vu, Marcum and Vexilar underwater cameras (camera not included).

Installation is a straight-forward process that simply requires a compatible video-in enabled sonar unit, an RCA-to-BNC Video Adaptor (for Garmin & Raymarine units) or AquaVu_05an HDS Video Adaptor Cable (for Lowrance HDS). For a helpful walk-through on installation, follow the link HERE.

“Just because you mark arches on sonar, doesn’t always mean they’ll bite,” Samson adds. “There’s always a reason, but it’s not always because the bass or walleyes just ‘aren’t biting.’ Sometimes, it’s because, they’re not bass or walleyes at all, but some other species. Or, they’re doing something that can’t be understood without an Aqua-Vu.”

Economical Micro 5 PLUS Underwater Viewing System positively IDs your target species

Crosslake, Minn. (June 24, 2015) – While searching for fish with sonar, an unspoken uncertainty permeates the thought processes of anglers everywhere: The marks on my viewscreen look like fish, but how do I know they’re the right size… or even the right species?

AVMICRO5_PLUS Aqua-Vu® has been solving underwater mysteries and guiding anglers to livewells full of those “right fish” for two decades. The trend continues in 2015, as the leader in underwater viewing releases the Micro 5 PLUS, a powerful, portable and affordable viewing system that does one thing to perfection: Find the fish you want to catch.

Complete with a vibrant 5-inch color LCD and a patented high-resolution Micro camera, the Micro 5 PLUS delivers a crystal clear 1 million pixels of underwater real estate—live and in rich, realistic color.

The new tablet-sized viewing system also sports 100 feet of high-strength optical cable and both a viewing fin for slow trolling or drifting and a separate camera clip for use while ice fishing. Activating the new Micro 5 PLUS is as simple as flipping open the LCD cover/sunshield, which auto powers the unit both on and off. Touch-key operation and intuitive on-screen menus guide the user through screen adjustments and basic functions such as 3X Zoom, sleep mode and infrared lighting.

Built for use in a wide range of conditions and air temperatures down to at least -20oF, the Aqua-Vu Micro 5 PLUS also features an IP67-rated waterproof LCD case. Fitted with a petite yet powerful internal lithium-ion battery, the unit runs up to 7 continuous hours on a single charge. Battery charger is also included, as is an RCA video-out cable for displaying underwater video on larger TVs and video-in equipped sonar units.

While prefishing a recent National Walleye Tour event, pro angler Tommy Skarlis utilized an Aqua-Vu Micro camera toIMG_4162 positively identify walleyes on a spot that ultimately yielded 2nd place fish. “The Micro is an awesome tool for verifying or disproving what I’m seeing on sonar,” said Skarlis. “During practice, I could drop the camera and determine the species, size and position of the fish—and see the exact habitat or forage that was attracting them. The Micro gave me needed confidence to stay on a spot and work it, so I could extract precious bites and earn a nice big check.”

Skarlis vocalized another advantage of the camera-sonar connection: “By using the RCA video cable included with the Micro, and a little two-dollar BNC video adaptor, I can display a live video feed right on my big screen sonar unit. The color, resolution and daylight viewability are incredible. It’s also huge for instantly comparing sonar signals with Aqua-Vu video, and dropping GPS digits on the sweet spots.”

Beyond enjoyment, education and ease-of-use, the new Micro 5 PLUS offers extras such as a USB port for connecting to computers, tablets and other devices. Another Aqua-Vu exclusive, a 3X Digital Zoom feature, allows for examining fish and cover up close. Further, integrated adjustable IR lighting illuminates deep and dark water.

As a bonus, purchase of a Micro 5 PLUS or any Micro Series Underwater Viewing System qualifies buyers—October 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016—to receive a FREE Pro-Vu Custom Softcase and a 12v Auxiliary Battery Charger/Car Adaptor ($60 value). For more information, or to request a catalog, please visit

From Squid Surveillance to the ‘Search for Sasquatch’

Aqua-Vu Micro cameras playing key role on TV’s Survivorman: Bigfoot

Crosslake, MN (May 8, 2015) – Evidence. Existence. Our need to know the truth. The human desire to document the unknown has never wavered, and lately, has manifested itself in the form of very real video verification, thanks to specialized “trail cameras.”

Count the Discovery’s channel’s Les Stroud among the inquisitive. Through vast time and travel in the bush, Stroud has experienced unexplained phenomena convincing him not only of the possible existence of Bigfoot, but of the creature’s intelligence. So when Stroud set out to capture footage for his new TV series, Survivorman: Bigfoot, he knew he’d need the stealthiest surveillance cameras available.

SvrmanBigfoot-AV_05Having worked with Aqua-Vu Underwater Viewing Systems on numerous past projects, Doug Hajicek, wildlife researcher, television producer and Tech Director for Survivorman: Bigfoot, immediately consulted with the popular marine optics company. Ultimately, Hajicek secured and equipped eight Micro 5 underwater camera systems for filming of the new hit Discovery Channel series.

“All previous trials with traditional trail cameras have failed,” noted Hajicek, President of Whitewolf Entertainment, who has produced over 200 TV features since 1987.

“It’s known that many animals in the wild possess acute hearing and vision capable of detecting or sensing light in the UV and even infrared spectrum. The Aqua-Vu Micro cam has proven ideal for capturing potential Bigfoot footage because it is so stealthy, totally silent and compact enough to allow us to conceal the acorn-sized optics within natural objects.”

SvrmanBigfoot-AV_01Stroud, who has filmed wildlife and challenging outdoor environments with numerous camera brands, has been impressed by the Micro systems. “The Aqua-Vus performed incredibly well under tough weather conditions,” Stroud said. “They were the perfect cameras for the task at hand, and have greatly enhanced my ability to incorporate unique and stealthy camera angles during the making of Survivorman: Bigfoot. The ability to quietly record outside, well away from a tent, and then to watch live from the inside gave me story content I couldn’t have captured any other way.”

While traditional trail cameras consist of larger boxlike units that often give off audible noises and flash with small lights, the Aqua-Vu features a tiny camera connected to a handheld monitor via 100 feet of ultrathin cable. During show filming, this configuration allowed Hajicek and Stroud to hide multiple cameras in benign objects such as stuffed grouse mounts, tiny tree knots, duck decoys and even inside artificial water lilies. In each case, the camera cable was buried while the LCD/recording unit was concealed 100 feet away, keeping any potential light or sound well away from the vicinity.

“It’s pretty interesting that the best stealth trail camera design on the market is actually one designed for aquatic applications,” says Hajicek. “Even though it’s used mostly for fishing and underwater observation, the Aqua-Vu Micro gives us the best possible chance to record footage of a live Bigfoot.”

Utilizing the Aqua-Vu’s motion-sensing function and built-in DVR, any movement or heat signature passing in front of the optics triggers the unit to record, automatically employing invisible IR lighting, as necessary. Hajicek also said that during TV filming, each Aqua-Vu was connected to an auxiliary 12-volt battery—in addition to the unit’s built-in Lithium-ion battery—for almost unlimited runtime beyond its internal 8-hour cycle. For maximum resolution and viewability, Hajicek also extolled the Micro cameras’ auto Color/B&W function for capturing clear footage in low-light conditions.

SvrmanBigfoot-AV_02In addition to six new episodes of Survivorman: Bigfoot, Hajicek has employed Aqua-Vu cameras for numerous other TV shows and scientific studies. “Right now, we’re planning to use Aqua-Vu Micros in another Bigfoot show pilot. But we’ve also used Aqua-Vu cams to record and document never-before-seen beaver and bear behavior in their dens, as well as eagle nests and other fascinating applications.”

Perhaps most remarkable was a project in which an Aqua-Vu cam was actually “worn” by a Humboldt squid, used to attract giant squid, which often prey upon the smaller species. Hajicek captured footage of the largest live, free-swimming squid ever recorded, at over 54 feet in length. The resulting video has aired on the History Channel, providing numerous breakthroughs in squid research, as well as some of the most compelling underwater video ever seen.

“Aqua-Vu’s aren’t just for fishermen,” says Hajicek. “Even with hundreds of trail cameras on the market, the Aqua-Vu Micro gives us the best chance to capture video of a live bigfoot.

“If he’s out there, it could be just a matter of time.”

New Aqua-Vu underwater camera pairs performance with value

Crystal clear 715c Underwater Viewing System features colorful video at all-time low price

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Crosslake, Minn. (January 3, 2015) – Not many years ago, owning a high definition LCD TV nearly required a second mortgage—or a winning Lotto number. But even though they came with astronomical price tags, the colorful images displayed on these dazzling widescreens carried an undeniable “wow” factor.

Fast forward to the here and now, and find the homes of most folks furnished with at least one, if not two or more of these vivid viewscreens. Thank rapidly advancing technology for plummeting prices, which now make HD within reach for everyone.

Traversing a parallel, albeit aquatic path, Aqua-Vu® recently engineered the on-the-water equivalent of modern-day LCD TV. The new 715c Underwater Camera gives anglers and boaters all the color and flat-screen performance they demand, and at the lowest retail price . . . ever.

Manufacturer of the world’s first and finest underwater cameras, Aqua-Vu recently re-energized the category it created in 1997, offering enhancements such as IP67-rated waterproof monitors and color CMOS camera optics. “IP67” isn’t just another techno-term, but rather a military standard that measures relative protection against dirt, dust and water. IP67 indicates the maximum levels of protection in all categories (go ahead and Google it.) Accordingly, these new underwater viewscreens even operate, well, underwater—although we don’t recommend it.

“I’ve been a major fan of Aqua-Vu underwater cameras since their original systems, which were both expensive and bulky,” says Michigan bass pro Joe Balog. “Their newest technology, though, is simply amazing. The 715c is a super well-designed camera that’s compact, easy to use and it’s really affordable.”


More proof of performance at a petite price: The 715c features adjustable underwater LED lighting, Smart PowerTM Management System for maximum battery life, and an anti-spooking stealth fish camera endowed with micro CMOS optics. Built around a 7-inch color LCD, this economical Aqua-Vu incorporates a smartly designed adjustable screen protector that doubles as a sunshield. Fifty feet of rugged camera cable wraps neatly around an integrated housing. Packed up, the entire system slips into its Custom Storage Bag, which fits smartly into boat storage, or a 5-gallon bucket.

Additional benefits include an intuitive menu-driven operating system, plus an RCA video-out for recording or playing video on an auxiliary TV. Powered by a rechargeable 12-volt battery and battery charger, the Aqua-Vu 715c is performance packed and priced for easy purchase (MSRP $299.99).

“A lot of folks in my boat who haven’t operated a camera in a few years are pleasantly surprised by how much easier they are to use than previous models,” reports Balog. “That’s what technology is all about, whether it’s HDTVs or underwater cameras. Things just get better—more user-friendly and affordable—all the time. And that’s also what you’d expect from a category leader, whether it’s or Samsung®, Sony® or Aqua-Vu.”