What techniques can I use to get close to the fish in the creek behind my home (for the purpose of getting underwater photographs)?
There is a little river ('creek' to Americans I guess ...) running directly behind my home. This year, due to some particular combination of circumstances (weather, rainfall levels, etc.) it is full
of fish, far more than I have ever seen here before. I have been trying to use my little (underwater model) digital camera to take pictures of them, but - as you would guess - none of the larger fish will let me get anywhere near them.
Looking down from my balcony into the water I can see plenty of fish around 20~25cm in length, so I know they are in there, but when I sit in the shallows (with some 'bait' placed on the gravel about a meter or so in front of me), although I am soon surrounded by hundreds of small fingerlings [sample pic
], nothing of a 'substantial' size will come close. Is this simply because I haven't sat long enough (or quietly enough), or is it just 'not gonna happen'?
I was thinking perhaps of getting a sheet of plywood with a couple of holes in it, propping it up in a suitable area, putting a bit of bait in front, then sitting behind it peeking through the holes. Would they be 'fooled' by this, or would I just be wasting my time?