This instructable shows how to adapt the GoPro Hero2 camera to fit on a large fishing lure (or jigger) so that you can observe the fish that are within range and also see the action during the catch. There is a limited time opportunity to fish for cod in my area so I wanted to take advantage of the schedule to get all the information that I could. I decided to try the "flat adhesive mount" that was supplied with the camera. The "curved adhesive mount" would probably work as well but which to select depends on the shape of the lure used. The Hero2 is rated down to 197 feet (60 meters) but I didn't want to push it for this try so I rigged my reel with about 130 feet of line. Fortunately the line was long enough for the area we fished in (see the video below). My only previous experience with the Hero2 camera was to mount it on a wooded stick to observe trout in my small backyard pond. I did a video of that and posted it on youtube at this url: http://youtu.be/PkegTS7decE
The procedure to adapt the mount to the lure has been recreated in the following steps. I used my drill press to make the holes and to countersink but a hand drill would work just as well. Keep in mind that there is a fair risk that the camera and lure could be lost if you run into a big fish or if you get a serious snag.
The video below shows my experience with the camera on the lure (aka Cod Cam
). Not shown is when the hook was torn free of the lure when the split ring (connects the hook to the lure body) allowed the fish to twist the hook free. (I might get to make a separate video later showing that action.)