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Old 12-20-2017, 10:20 AM
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Thought about buying a drone for fun and also to look for tripletail. Figured I could cover hundreds of bouys in a short time. Anyone tried this?
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My brother sent me a few pictures of a new 70+ sportfish that was being finished up in FTL last year for a very avid fisherman. There was no tower and no plans to add one. In the bow section there was a remotely operated hatch that was a hanger for a drone that a crew member would operate to spot fish!
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Originally Posted by mahi231 View Post
My brother sent me a few pictures of a new 70+ sportfish that was being finished up in FTL last year for a very avid fisherman. There was no tower and no plans to add one. In the bow section there was a remotely operated hatch that was a hanger for a drone that a crew member would operate to spot fish!
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What kind of weather can drones fly in? I would think you would still want a tower for when the drone is having issues etc right?
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Yes...they're called birds.
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No. But I wonder if it would be an effective way to locate deer.Perhaps I can use one to push deer out of the fields. Not legal, I'm sure.
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Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
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Yes, but your fishing on a 1980 Duranautic with 8 hp and he's on a new 70' Sport Fisherman with drone hangar.
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Originally Posted by somethingfishy View Post
Yes, but your fishing on a 1980 Duranautic with 8 hp and he's on a new 70' Sport Fisherman with drone hangar.
not quite...
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
No. But I wonder if it would be an effective way to locate deer.Perhaps I can use one to push deer out of the fields. Not legal, I'm sure.
Yes, very illegal.


edit: I guess you can locate them all you want. You just can't then go shoot one.
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Careful though....
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I use a bottom machine to look for fish. Interesting proposition though.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Yes...they're called birds.
This belongs in the "old school thread"
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I have a waterproof drone that is used for fishing.....but I haven't got that far with it yet .it Flys in 15 to 20 mph winds and takes off from the water and you can see underwater with the camera . I am kind of old school ,even though I can fly it I still haven't figured out how to get the video to record . ... it's pretty fun .
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Originally Posted by Kirby349 View Post
I have a waterproof drone that is used for fishing.....but I haven't got that far with it yet .it Flys in 15 to 20 mph winds and takes off from the water and you can see underwater with the camera . I am kind of old school ,even though I can fly it I still haven't figured out how to get the video to record . ... it's pretty fun .
What kind of drone is that?
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My Inspire1 is huge and a pain in the ass on the boat. I’d think the DJI “Mavic” would make an awesome fish spotter......
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I just got a mavic.

Deer can hear it coming and run from it, camera doesn't zoom so you can see deer, but not how big, and unless you are at a higher elevation flying down than there will be signal interference. I saw more deer once I uploaded than while flying. An iPad could help that.

As for fish, might work on a weedline or something, but time better spent dragging baits honestly.
Could use it for beach fishing though and it could be a good tool on the flats.

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