I love my little GoPro video camera. It's tough and so versatile. The underwater video on this post was shot with the GoPro and the surface video of the pufferfish was shot with my 6 year old Sony Cybershot point and shoot.
The GoPro shoots HD video. The Sony, being older, does not.
One issue with the GoPro is a slightly soft focus underwater. It's a problem with the waterproof housing's domed lens cover rather than the camera itself. A flat lens on the housing solves the soft focus problem, but GoPro has not come out with one yet. There are some folks out there making flat lens housings, but I don't have one , so I am apologizing in advance for the slight soft focus on the submarine video.
When a fish was coming up, I would park my rod and hang over the side, dangling the GoPro in my hand ... mostly beneath the surface. The seas were calm, but that far out, there is a constant set of gentle swells. Occasionally, they lifted my hand clear of the surface.
The top video is a blend of about 4 or 5 short clips that day. At the very beginning, you hear Denny and I chortling unsympathetically over a boater out on the horizon who has run aground on the shallow flats. You can't really tell from the grey morning video scenes, but the tide was incredibly low Saturday.
This puffer was an accidental catch. He was picking at Denny's bait down below and the hook snagged his very tough side skin. He puffed up full of water, not air, and held it in the entire time he was posing for the pictures and the dehooking process.
I kept expecting to be sprayed with a stream of Gulf water while I was holding him for this head on photo, but this fish had great manners.
It's a Southern Puffer.Nuff said.
It was Denny's catch, so after I held the puffer close for photos, I passed him back to Denny for release into the blue waters of the Gulf.
He didn't hang around long!