The Fishspy marker float is now a major part of my fishing tackle, if you want a huge confidence boost and an increased chance of catching more while learning about the lake you are fishing, you need to invest in a Fishspy.

What is a Fishspy?

Before you start, you can see clearly that it is some sort of a float, but it’s a lot more clever than that, it’s actually a marker float and this is where the fun begins.

In the bottom of the float is a camera, why on earth do need a marker float with a camera? Well firstly without a shadow of a doubt, it’s going to help you catch more fish because it’s going to tell you what is on the bottom of the lake. Also, if the water is clear, it will reveal what is swimming around your bait.

It can also show you if your bait has been eaten during your session, if someone has been fishing your spot before you and even if your rig is presented properly after being cast out.

It can show you what’s in the water in between the top of the bottom as well – if you’re lucky enough to see them, but the key with this is it tells you what’s on the bottom and whether the area you are fishing is clear enough to enable you to present a rig properly.

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Fishspy Underwater Camera

Fishspy Underwater Camera and Case

How To Use The Fishspy

You can use it in exactly the same way that you would normally use a standard marker float, cast it out, feel along the lake bed as you are reeling in, let the line out to let float up to figure out the depth of water, but this is where the clever stuff begins. You can link the Fishspy to your smartphone, which will send a signal back to your phone allowing you to actually see, real-time, what’s out there in the lake.

When the Fishspy is underwater, the Wi-Fi doesn’t work, so you won’t get a live view all of the time, but the problem is solved again because you can use your phone to record what you’re seeing through the camera. Press record on the phone, cast it out into the lake, do the normal procedure like you would with a normal marker float whilst clipped up, then when you reel the Fishspy back in again, play the recording back on your phone to see what’s on the bottom.

A lot of you guys that know me will know that I spend an awful lot of time under the water diving, so there is no question, whatsoever, that the Fishspy helps me with my fishing by having that knowledge of what is on the bottom of the lake.

How on earth can you know what rig to use, what bait to use and how to present your rig if you don’t know what’s on the bottom, or what you are fishing on top of? It’s just beyond belief to me, that people cast their rods out and sit on their rods waiting for a bite, without knowing what’s down there on the lake bed.

Fishspy vs an ordinary marker float

A marker float is a great tool to have with you when you are fishing, because it will tell you the depth and that will give you an idea as to what is out there by feeling the lead around and pulling the lead back across the lake bed, but it’s a picture in your mind’s eye and probably not a true reflection as to what you are fishing on, whereas, the Fishspy goes one step further and it not only gives you the depth, but it actually gives you a real picture of what you are fishing on, you can see it clearly, there’s no need for guesswork, you can actually see what’s out there.

So how does the Fishspy work?

A simplified explanation is, it works in exactly the same way that a normal marker float works except the addition of a camera. You set up your Fishspy on your marker float rod, clip the line up to the line clip, cast it out with a good sized lead and let the line out, it will float up to the surface, bring it back down again and it it will show you what is on the bottom.

Does The Fishspy Work In Murky Water?

I had a number of questions when I first got the Fishspy, mainly, how good is the Fishspy camera in low light, most of the waters I fish are very murky waters, so wanted to know if the Fishspy works in murky water, I soon found out that it worked great in the recording mode, although I did have to let the float up slowly when paying out the fishing line to ensure I could get a clear image of the lake bed via my phone. The downside is that because the lakes I fish are murky, I couldn’t use it to watch the fish swimming over the bait, like you could in clear waters, because of this, I much prefer the Fishspy over the WaterWolf underwater camera, which is mainly for watching what happens with your rig.

The Fishspy Is Really Easy To Use

The most important thing for me is that it is pretty easy to use, a simple twist of the locking ring on the top turns the unit on and off and when it is switched on, you’ll see a red flashing light on the unit. When you let out the line and it is floating on the surface, it sends the Wi-Fi signal back to your phone so you can watch the video back. When it’s underwater you need to use the record feature because the Wi-Fi signal doesn’t work in the water, so remember to press record on your phone before you cast it out.

Fishspy fishing underwater camera

Fishing at Linear Complex finding clear spots with the FISHSPY

What are the advantages of the Fishspy?

  • Simply replace your ordinary marker float with the Fishspy to see beneath the lake surface.
  • Use the Fishspy to see what you are fishing on top of.
  • The Fishspy allows you to find clear spots on the bottom of the lake bed.
  • Use the Fishspy like a normal marker float to find out the depth of the lake.
  • Record the Fishspy video to find clear spots in the lake and note them down in your fishing diary for later use or download the Fox Swim Mapper and store it on there.
  • The Fishspy can be used through the day to see if your bait has been eaten, but also throughout the year to monitor weed growth.
  • If you are fishing clear waters, you can leave the Fishspy out to watch if fish swim over your baited spot.

Must-Have Fishspy Accessories

  1. FishSpy Protection Carry Case
  2. FishSpy Boom – Pack of 3
  3. FishSpy Fin
  4. FishSpy Device Stick – Tablet And Phone Holder Designed For Fishing
  5. FishSpy Range Extender
  6. FishSpy Foamy
  7. Spod & Marker Banana Fishing Braid
  8. Fishing Log Book, Fishing Diary / Journal
  9. Power Pack RAVPower 26800mAh Power Bank

Fishspy Alternatives

  1. Water Wolf UW 1.1 HD Underwater Fishing Camera, Black
  2. Olymbros Underwater Fishing Camera

How Do You Download the Fishspy App?

Fishspy App Instructions for Android

There isn’t an app for Andriod. Instead, you connect to the Fishspy using Wi-Fi on your phone first, then use an internet browser such as Google Chrome to view the videos.

If you have an Android phone, you need to pair your phone with the Fishspy first.

  • Ensure Wi-Fi is turned ‘ON’ on your mobile device.
  • Go to Wi-Fi options and type Fishspy – then the model number of your specific FishSpy * (the unique Fishspy model number is case sensitive) – and select JOIN.
  • Load browser. We recommend Google Chrome.
  • Type in in the address bar – you will now be connected.

You should now see the video streaming on your phone.

Be sure to hit record before you cast it out!

Very Important Note: When first buy the Fishspy and you get the Fishspy out of the box, there is a Fishspy model number, make sure you note this down, either take a photo of it on your phone so you can find it at the lake or write it on the Fishspy itself, you will need this number to pair your phone with the device.

Fishspy App Instructions for Apple

  • Ensure Wi-Fi is turned ‘ON’ on your mobile device.
  • Go to Wi-Fi options and type Fishspy – then the model number of your specific FishSpy * (the unique Fishspy model number is case sensitive) – and select JOIN.
  • Download the FishSpy App from the App store to your mobile device. We recommend you have the latest version of iOS installed.
  • Open your FishSpy App – you will be connected automatically.

Fishspy Manual



I have made a lot of mistakes during my fishing sessions and don’t want you to make the same mistakes. I’ve learned the hard way over 20 years of fishing most weekends, testing, tweaking, and testing again and now want to help you excel with your carp fishing.

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Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Shane