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How to Become an Instant Trailering Hero

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Crosslake, Minn. – You know what they say about the early bird? Turns out, the old ditty applies equally to bass anglers.

So when the big bass start biting, Joe Balog turns to a sweet little trick that gets him on the water just a bit earlier than every one else.

“Been using this cool new hitch camera,” says the veteran angler. “Thing connects to any metal surface, including my tail gate or my rear bumper. Every morning when it’s time to hook the boat, I get ‘er done in record time. Means I reach to the boat ramp sooner. Which also puts me on the best bass spots before the crowds arrive. Every minute matters.”

At the end of the day, Balog uses the same wireless iBall Hitch Camera to back his bass boat into the tight confines of a gear-stuffed garage. The small LCD monitor stays put, plugged securely into his truck’s 12-volt auxiliary plug. “Just pull the magnetic iBall camera off the bumper and reconnect it to any metal surface in the garage—or even the boat trailer itself. Guides my boat into the tightest spaces, where every inch counts.”

The iBall camera’s magnet is so powerful, says Balog, that even if he forgets to remove it, the device still holds tight across miles of gnarly roads. It’s submersible, too, should he back a little too far down the ramp. Rechargeable and wireless to 100 feet, the iBall camera is an undeniable timesaver—including a 3.5-inch color LCD with adjustable gooseneck plug and rugged 5.8-GHz wireless camera.

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