iCAST Review: Lure With a Live Video Camera to Show Fish Striking
Bob McNally 07.14.16
Humorist Dave Barry would likely write, “You can’t make this up.”
Introduced to the fishing tackle world at the 2016 iCAST tackle show in Orlando there’s the new digital “Eco-Popper” that comes equipped with an on-board digital underwater camera that starts transmitting a live video stream the moment it touches water.
Manufactured by Eco-net (which swears it’s helping the planet), it touts that anglers will be able to detect and display the video feed from an “Eco-Popper” to a video screen on a cell phone. This so an angler can “ready himself to reel in a fish as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Fishing with smart dynamic lures can give a heads up real-time alert for a potential fish strike.”
The company offers an example of a largemouth bass approaching its lure with the camera showing the fish as it nears and a fisherman poised to strike as the bass does.
One can only imagine what would happen to the lure and camera should a 10-pound redfish, 15-pound snook, or 50-pound tarpon collide with an “Eco-Popper.”