Fishing and drones are two things you wouldn’t think go very well together. Sure, they’re both great ways to pass the time, but generally mixing drones and water is an accident waiting to happen. Having said that, we have seen drones used for fishing before. Just not like this.
A clever fisherman in Australia has developed a game-changing new technique, using his Phantom to land bigger fish. And it’s not what you think. In the past plenty of guys have attached bait to their drone and attempted to fish – with some funny/amazing results…
But Jaiden Maclean, from Dunsborough in Western Australia, has taken things one step further, adapting a technique known as Kite Fishing to fit his drone.
First of all, the pilot flies out to sea to scope out shoals of longtail tuna from above. The drone is attached both to the live bait and to the rod, and so is able to guide to bait to exactly where it needs to go.
Along with helping to catch a huge tuna, the drone the moment the fish takes the bait is captured on camera, along with sweeping shots of the breaking waves and a stunning coastline.
Kite fishing generally allows people to cast cast greater distances and fish far out to sea from the coastline. By using a drone instead, this fisherman not only has an eye in the sky, but is also able to carry the bait out further and place it right in the middle of a shoal. In case you get sweaty palms at the thought of your drone being attached to a massive fish, the bait line immediately snaps when the bait is taken. This allows the drone to fly safely back to the beach, job done.
We would say don’t try this at home, but you are obviously going to. Good luck!