Meet AguaDrone, the drone for fishermen!
The AguaDrone, is a contraption that can spot fish lurking in the depths of the water and even fly your hook out to a specific point. It comes in two parts: the actual drone itself, and replaceable pods that you can swap out as required. You can choose from the AguaDrone Pod (a waterproof camera for spotting fish below the surface), the Fish Scout Pod (which finds fish via sonar pulses rather than a camera) and the Line Flyer Pod (for flying your line out to wherever the fish happen to be).
Everything is controlled via a smartphone app, and the makers of the AguaDrone say you can bring your unmanned aerial vehicle back to base with a tap on the screen – you might have to do this on a fairly regular basis considering the battery life is quoted at 14 to 18 minutes. Still, that should be enough time for you to scout out the water or cast your line, giving you another advantage over the fish swimming below the surface.
As the official website explains, AguaDrone was born from a passion for both remote-controlled aeroplanes and fishing, and the small team of three are taking pre-orders now for delivery in November. The drone itself costs US$699 and you can then pick up the pods for $89 (the line flyer), $179 (the sonar) or $418 (the camera). If you want everything together, the cost is $1,099.
The drone itself is built from a blend of polycarbonate and ABS composite plastic, and it’s designed to withstand most conditions the great outdoors can throw at it. The controller and the GPS unit are mounted on top of the quadcopter, leaving the underside of the drone free for whatever pod you wish to attach.
However, not all are in favour of the use of modern technology in fishing, however.
Martin Salter, national campaigns manager at the Angling Trust, said the innovation goes against the ideal of fishing set out in Izaak Walton’s 1653 book The Compleat Angler, the sport’s bible.
Obviously people are free to fish how the like within the rules. But some of these high tech gizmos have now taken the “contemplative man’s pursuit” to almost absurd levels. Personally I think fishing should be about the skill of presenting a bait or lure to the fish by your own endeavor rather than by some sort of radio-controlled monstrosity,” said Izaak Walton, the patron saint of angling.