Last year i made an extendable camera/go pro pole which fits within a flush mount rod holder but this limits the scope for filming angles. I occasionally like to grab the pole and jump in the water to get up close and personal with the local wildlife so require the camera pole to be removable. At the same time i want to be able to put the camera pole in lots of different angles for filming and photography.
I decided to mount a Scotty Rodmaster 2 onto a mounting plate which is then attached to the slide tracks on the Abaco. This allows 360° horizontal rotation and 180° vertical rotation - additional fine tuning to the angle of the camera or go pro can be made using the flexible camera arm on the pole.
Whilst the pole fits nicely within the rod holder there is nothing preventing the pole from spinning. To overcome this i made a small gimbal out of aluminium and bolted this to the exposed screw at the base of the camera pole. The gimbal pin located at the base of the rod holder then sits in the gimbal at the base of the pole preventing the pole from spinning.
The camera holder can be slid along the slide tracks so that it doesn't obstruct my paddling arc and put in whatever angle i desire whilst being quickly removable should a sunfish or basking shark show up for photo. Here are a few photos of the angles that are possible - they should make for a few interesting shots on the water:
Here's some shots on the water:
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