Perfecting solo fishing videos takes a lot of practice.
In these days of social media, high quality fishing pictures are the name of the game. However a new trend has been emerging. It's one thing to take a picture of a fish, but it's an entirely different thing to get a video. If you are solo fishing though, how can you video yourself? Well, there are options. It's not really easy either, but with a little practice, it can be done.
To start things off, check out this piece on taking solo fishing pictures. This is exactly what I do when I hook into a fish big enough that I think I'm going to want my picture with it. The only thing is, when it's time for fishing videos, the challenge level goes to 10.
I approach this technique with the same level of detail for fish safety as I do with pictures. If the fish is going to be compromised because of things not being set up properly, I error on the side of the fish and let it go. There's always more fish to catch. If things work out though, then it's light, camera, action time.
Just like with taking solo pictures, use a tripod. With this though, you can upgrade to an actual video camera or DLSR unlike the cell phone technique I use for still shots. Set up your camera focusing on a fixed point out in the water or on the shore line. As you fish, keep moving the tripod down the river or lake with you. When the moment comes that you hook up, walk over to the camera with your fish on the line and turn the camera on. Finally, go stand out in the general area of that fixed point and you should be good to go.
You can always edit other shots into the clip, but getting the fish in the net is something I always look for. This technique is also good for release shots like you just saw above. Release shots are quick, simple, and best of all, good for the fish.
Remember, always error on the side of the fish. If things don't work out the first time putting together a few solo fishing videos, just keep trying. There's plenty of fish in the lake.