Fisherman's selfie stick aims to hook anglers, hunters
Fishing guides solve problem for solo anglers, hunters wanting photos and video
Call it a selfie stick for fisherman — the EZ CAM post is the invention of two fishing guides who work in northwestern Ontario.
The device allows users to attach a GoPro camera or smartphone solidly to the post of a boat seat for a third-person style shot.
Heinrich Bier, one of the inventors, said several fishing shows have already picked up the EZ CAM post for use this season.
"We are actually working with quite a few TV show guys," he said. "So hopefully they are going to get out and get filming shortly here and we are going to get some feedback from them."
Initial feedback is positive and people are "really excited about the concept, he said.
The main market for product is anglers who fish alone or want to get group action shots or video without the need for a camera man, Bier said.
He hopes some of the American bass tournaments will also use the invention, as they're encouraging their pros to do selfie pictures and videos and post them on Facebook.
The EZ CAM post is built to be used in rough conditions, Bier said and is made of tough stuff like extruded aluminum, injected molded polycarbonate plastic and stainless steel.
"This thing is built to go out and deal with Canadian weather," he said. "We are Canadian guys and we fish all year round. So it can take it."
Bier said he and his business partner, Mike Grant, have also been getting attention from the business community.
"The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and RBC sponsored some small business and innovation awards," he said. "We got nominated for a couple which is nice. We've had some really positive response from the local communities."
The Kenora District Chamber of Commerce also nominated the pair for awards.