So, you’ve invested in a GoPro camera to capture all of your favorite outdoors activities! Congratulations, they truly are a nice piece of technology and the new HERO3+ is even greater than it’s predecessor. These cameras are lightweight, compact, and have great quality resolution for both still photography and motion pictures. They are rugged, waterproof and have as many differing mounts for as many differing applications that you can think of!
If any of you are like me, we like our toys, but we can be frugal at times. Every penny saved is a new box of ammo or a new fishing lure. To boot, there is some primal satisfaction when you can do something yourself, rather than dig into your wallet and pay for a solution that seems easy enough to solve. This is exactly what I did when it came to figuring out a head mount for my camera. Sure, GoPro makes a head strap that can be procured for $20.00 or less, but again, it’s a fun problem to solve and I worry about a strap sliding off of my favorite fishing hat and I often wear my lucky hat when trouncing around in the outdoors. In the next few minutes, I’m going to show you how I mounted my new GoPro to one of my favorite fishing hats for just pennies!
All you need for this project is a drill with a quarter inch bit, a GoPro tripod mount, a 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch machine bolt, a quarter inch washer and a properly sized baseball cap. It’s best if they hat is of decent quality and is constructed with a sturdy, plastic bill. For my purposes, I chose one of my favorite RedHead Brand camo caps . Most GoPro bundles include the tripod mount. If you’ve used yours, or didn’t get one, go invest in one of the GoPro “Grab Bag” of mounts. You will find additional uses for the many mounts provided.
First, you need to mark a ‘center point’ on the bill of the cap. You can eyeball this if you are a real pro, but I measured for center and marked it with a black sharpie marker. You then drill the bill on the mark and it is best to do so from the underside to the top. If you have a plastic bill under your cloth, it will leave a dimple of sorts that is easily covered with the mount on top, but makes it hard to assemble from the bottom. Thereafter, it’s as simple as it can be. Merely insert the 1/4″ X 1/2″ bolt through a 1/4″ flat washer and up through the bottom of the bill so the thread of the bolt is exposed on top of the cap. You can then thread that directly to the tripod mount and you are done!
Hands free photography is wonderful when you are catching that fish of a lifetime or bringing down that buck you saw on the trail cam, again and again, for two years! It also comes in handy if you want to record a hike, snowshoeing, or anything else that your heart desires. This DIY project can help you get on your way and in just minutes. I hope you enjoyed! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Tight Lines & Tread Lightly! I invite you all to visit us at Facebook to discuss this and all other things fishy! ~ David Perry