We get hands on with new angling technology in this review of the new FishSpy Echo Pro
FishSpy Echo Pro | www.fishspy.com/echo
In an industry first, FishSpy has combined a castable sonar device with a camera that can beam back live footage to your phone.
The Echo Pro is the culmination of years of development (including some punishing testing on windswept Brecon reservoirs near to the team’s Mid-Wales HQ) and the finished product is a genuine technological marvel.
A common complaint levelled at angling-related gizmos is that the technology doesn’t quite match the vision – WiFi signals are patchy, apps are laggy and unreliable – but the Echo Pro delivers exactly what it promises.
We witnessed the floating orb cast to 25 wraps (exactly 100yds) and just about instantly connect to the app on the bank via the Echo Pro’s in-built WiFi chip. Connectivity at 110yds has been seen in testing.
That connection delivered uninterrupted, accurate sonar imagery, showing up weed growth and fish sightings.
Sensitivity can be tweaked in real-time via the app, allowing you to home in on fresh weed growth in spring, for example.
The Echo Pro’s party trick, however, is the ability to see something interesting on the sonar then tap a button and get live video footage from above the spot. In clear water, image clarity is very good and you can see to the bottom in depths of over 10ft.
Choppy water will naturally make the camera sway, but the 620p resolution (not HD, but optimised for WiFi transmission) will still give you a unique view of your swim.
Video connectivity range is shorter than the sonar signal, but there is an option to press record on the app before you go for a really big cast and review the footage later.
The device has a three-hour-plus continuous battery life and the app is simple to use and responds very quickly to user commands.
Switching from sonar to video takes a couple of seconds at most, so you can react speedily to anything you’ve noticed on the fishfinder.
There are two eyelets on the Echo Pro, enabling it to be anchored from the bottom on a fixed line if you want to stake out a particular spot, or even use it as a ‘video float’ for predator or sea fishing.
A floating camera and echo sounder that costs £229.99 will always pose questions about value and ethics, but answers to both are completely personal. If you decide to make a purchase, the Echo Pro is a well-built slick operator that does exactly what it sets out to do.