Saturday 1 October 2016

When you think we've reached peak drone... Drone fishing for tuna

Published 29/04/2016 | 08:12

An Australian fisherman has pioneered a game-changing new technique using drone technology to land bigger fish.

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Jaiden Maclean, from Dunsborough in Western Australia, adapted the drone by adding a fishing line to hold the bait.

The line is also attached to a rod back on the beach, which Jaiden’s friend Byron Leal helps to keep secure.

The video shows the drone soaring over the sea to spot the fish, carrying the bait out much further than someone could cast with a rod.

As well as taking sweeping shots of the breaking waves, the camera allows the angler to explore the murky deep-water depths for large fish on a display back on the beach.

When Jaiden finds a shoal of tuna, he lowers the bait, and the video captures the exact moment when the fish takes the bait.

To prevent the drone being pulled down into the water, the bait line immediately snaps when he catches the fish, allowing the drone to fly safely back to the beach.

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