How to find a kelp paddy with a drone?

jughead

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just wondering if anybody has done this. You could stop your boat and fly your drone 40 or 50 ft above the boat and do a 360 degree scan.
 

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Sounds like it would work..heck give it a try and lets us know how it worked out.
 

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My son has a nice drone, that thing flies higher than I thought and farther. I don’t know much about it but it might be able to track along with the boat while underway. When it’s way up there the view is astonishing.
 
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just wondering if anybody has done this. You could stop your boat and fly your drone 40 or 50 ft above the boat and do a 360 degree scan.

I have always thought this was a good idea. I think it would be an excellent advantage to saving fuel. Fly that sucker as high as you can. Mini Spotter plane.

Can't some drones fly a mile or more away from their controller? Stop and send that thing out on a scouting mission.
 

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Some now days track with you, they follow a wristband. If set at say 200 ft above the boat moving in direction your headed you could see for miles I'd imagine.
 

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Bring lots of batteries.
 
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Problems with this:
1) as mentioned, battery life
2) optical range of the camera on the drone

Probably not going to be any better than a pair of gyros, but if you already have one, go for it.
 

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Geeez we are becoming a lazy self entitled society! I swear man, technology is a great and cool thing, but boy is it really messing us up as well!!

Totally LAME idea, and nothing but a step towards degrading our cool sport and hobby even more.

Put a little skin in the game, do your homework and search.

How bout we try to keep, teach, preserve and promote some things as they were, and keep a little pureness in the "sport"?

Technology to a certain degree is ok, but there comes a point when it begins to tip the scale at being a bit much and bogus, and for me drones are definitely not what I want to see a bunch of guys flying around while offshore.

Pretty much ruins the whole stoke and vibe of what going out fishing and escaping the rigors of city life used to be and is all about for most.

Bail on the electronic bird and pay attention to the real birds, the currents, the temps, the weedlines (current breaks), and all of the other cool stuff the ocean throws at us each trip, and keep eyes from being fixed on the phone, or some drone screen all day.....enjoy the ride, and learn to read the signs, because the catch is always just a bonus! be a real hunter of the sea!!

The unknown fisherman:p:
 
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Geeez we are becoming a lazy self entitled society! I swear man, technology is a great and cool thing, but boy is it really messing us up as well!!

Totally LAME idea, and nothing but a step towards degrading our cool sport and hobby even more.

Put a little skin in the game, do your homework and search. How bout we try to keep, teach, preserve and promote some things as they were? Technology to a certain degree is ok, but there comes a point when it begins to tip the scale at being a bit much and bogus, and for me drones are definitely not what I want to see a bunch of guys flying around while offshore. Pretty much ruins the whole stoke and vibe of what going out fishing and escaping the rigors of city life used to be about for most.

Bail on the electronic bird and pay attention to the real birds, the currents, the temp, the weedlines (current breaks), and all of the other cool stuff the ocean throws at us each trip, and keep off the phone, or some drone screen.....enjoy the ride, and read the signs, because the catch is always just a bonus! be a real hunter!!

The unknown fisherman:p:

jeeeeeez grampa..........have you taken your midday meds ;-0
 

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Problems with this:
1) as mentioned, battery life
2) optical range of the camera on the drone

Probably not going to be any better than a pair of gyros, but if you already have one, go for it.
Excellent points. I have a drone and have thought about this application' I can fly it 7 KM away from the controller for 20 to 25 minutes on one battery but unless you can project the camera view onto a 65 inch flat screen, you will miss a lot looking at your cel phone screen or tablet. I live in an area where there are a lot of whales close in this time of year and have tried to get some over water shots of them and I can tell you it is very difficult to track them down with the drone even when I know where they are. And landing the drone on a bobbing boat is a whole different challenge. Gotta have one person to handle the controller and another to snatch it out of the air. I agree with Unknown, If you are paying attention, there are much better signs that will point you to your honey hole.
 
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jeeeeeez grampa..........have you taken your midday meds ;-0
Haha....I'm no grampa yet, and no meds taken or needed, but I guess it did sound like it. lol.

Just blows my mind how many of us (myself often included) have our heads burried in our phones and computers these days.

I took my kids on a cool beach road trip the other day (which they both begged me to do), and as we are cruising through some really cool and scenic areas, I realize both of them had their heads down (looking at their phones) nearly the whole time! Right then I lost it and grabbed both phones and stuck them under my seat!

Guess what happened next.....they both told me they saw cool things that they had never noticed before! I just smiled and nodded and told them...geee I wonder why lolol ;)

The unknown fisherman:p:
 
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I mean you’re either kind of flying a drone or driving a boat. Can’t do both at the same time. When do you stop to fly the drone? What signs are you looking for? Any random spot in the ocean? Doesn’t make much sense to me. I think it would be better to do your research: where the temp breaks, clean water, and recent fish reports. Then once on the water looking for little strands of kelp, temp changes, blue water and currents. We have found the brown mile often just using these techniques. But let us know if it works for you.

If you see signs good enough to launch your drone, you should already be within close proximity to kelp, dolphin, bait, breaking fish etc. just doesn’t make sense to me. You could be watching your drone and missing tuna swimming under the boat...
 
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I mean you’re either kind of flying a drone or driving a boat. Can’t do both at the same time. When do you stop to fly the drone? What signs are you looking for? Any random spot in the ocean? Doesn’t make much sense to me. I think it would be better to do your research: where the temp breaks, clean water, and recent fish reports. Then once on the water looking for little strands of kelp, temp changes, blue water and currents. We have found the brown mile often just using these techniques. But let us know if it works for you.
My thought would be get to that general area from doing your homework. Once there make a stop, fly drone up a few hundred feet and see if you locate anything. Would only take but a few minutes and could potentially save you a lot of time and frustration. Doesnt hurt to take advantage of the tools at hand, that is, if you have a drone already.
 
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Excellent points. I have a drone and have thought about this application' I can fly it 7 KM away from the controller for 20 to 25 minutes on one battery but unless you can project the camera view onto a 65 inch flat screen, you will miss a lot looking at your cel phone screen or tablet. I live in an area where there are a lot of whales close in this time of year and have tried to get some over water shots of them and I can tell you it is very difficult to track them down with the drone even when I know where they are. And landing the drone on a bobbing boat is a whole different challenge. Gotta have one person to handle the controller and another to snatch it out of the air. I agree with Unknown, If you are paying attention, there are much better signs that will point you to your honey hole.
Not to mention glare, bobbing screen, and downtime launching/docking/stowing/etc. the whole thing is just really impractical over glassing it with your own eyes. It's a decent question posed by the OP, but it dies in thought experiment pretty fast.
 
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