Drones, with many uses, have developed at a fast pace since their invention.
Enthusiasts expect them to revolutionize fishing. Outdoor adventurers enjoy both toying with fishing rods and flying drones.
To engage with both passions, many of them use their drones as fishing tools. Doing so involves some controversy.
With drone flying, there is always the possibility of breaking laws without intent. The possibility increases if you use your drone to fish.
How drones will revolutionize fishing
Drones will change the way anglers enjoy their sport. They will take it to new levels.
One obvious reason for this is convenience. A drone increases your casting distance and allows you to fish farther out in lakes.
Drone fishing saves you the effort of having to paddle a boat out into the middle of a lake. It flies to an intended fishing spot and does the hard work.
A drone has better eyes than you have. It can detect shoals of fish at once. First Person View allows you to see what it sees. It helps you to determine the best spot to reel in a catch.
In time, manufacturers will produce devices with anglers in mind.
What you need to know before you fly your drone near a lake
Drone fishing involves more than taking your device to the nearest lake. Take a few precautions lest you end up in legal tussles instead of enjoying the sport.
1. Make sure that you are not flying on private property
Always ensure that you only fish where the authorities in your country allow you to. Know where you are fishing, and avoid wandering into private property by mistake.
In the United States, it is not legal to fly drones in national parks. You may risk incurring fines and felony charges.
Water treatment facilities and detention centers use electrical equipment. The electricity may interfere with your drone’s communication functions. Fish from a lake that is far off from such areas.
3. Do not fly over people
Do not fly your drone in residential areas or places where people abound. You risk crashing into them and causing severe injuries.
4. Observe the weather
Of course, the weather makes a big difference to your fishing experience. Massive winds may carry your drone off. You may waste time searching for it instead of enjoying yourself.
5. Go through a preflight checklist
Flying a drone comes with risks. Go through a pre-flight checklist before taking your drone out to a lake.
Make sure that nothing is loose on your drone. Ensure that your device’s batteries have finished charging. Make sure that transmitter batteries have a full charge as well. Use your computer to fine-tune your drone’s settings.
Make sure that there is enough room to launch your drone. Power your transmitter, and push the left stick, or throttle, down. Your device will not take off at random.
How to fish with a drone
After taking precautions, you can begin to enjoy drone fishing. Experienced anglers have a few suggestions to offer.
1. Use a larger drone
The first is to use a larger drone. A mini-quadcopter may not have the strength to carry a fishing line.
2. Choose a drone with reliable GPS functions
Your drone’s communication signals will weaken when it is far away. Use a drone with dynamic GPS and return-to-home functions. It should always return to its take-off location.
3. The breeze may make your drone hard to pull in
Note that a breeze may push on the fishing line and make it difficult to reel your fish in. Ensure that your drone is dynamic.
4. Choose a line with a spindle that turns by itself
To reduce effort, fish with a line that has a spindle that turns on its own. You need not position your drone to reel your catch in.
5. Attach the line as far below the rotors as possible
Connect your line as far below your rotors as you can. Your catch will not get caught up in them if you do.
6. Use a servo to drop the line
To reduce effort and promote safety, use a servo to drop the line. A servo is a small motor with an output shaft that you can position at different angles.
This little device releases the line when activated. You will not need to fly your drone with the line dangling.
Drones have many functions, one of which is to fish. With pointers David Darg of RYOT News, you can have an enjoyable drone fishing experience.