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Drone Fishing Big Snapper Catch AEE Condor Drone

Drone Fishing Big Snapper Catch AEE Condor Drone – Hi, it’s Paul, from
Paul’s Fishing Systems here. Recently Ian James and
I went up to Uretiti, to see if the big snapper
had arrived in yet. We unpacked the drone and the remote, switched them on, and they
take about 20 seconds to a minute for the two to connect, depending on where the satellites are. Once the drone is connected
to the satellites, you then calibrate it,
pull the lever down, 10 or 12 pushes on the
auto return home button. That will put the drone
into the calibration mode, the green lights to your
chest, one loop horizontal, green lights pointing down, one horizontal, and that’s it. Once the lights go green,
you’re ready to fly and you’ve set the home position. So then we do a quick test fly, and that’s just fly up, 10, 20 metres, go left, go right, press auto return home, and just check that it
actually comes back to the spot that you’ve just launched from. (motor bike engine revving) (wind blowing) (drone engine running) Everything seems to be
working perfectly well. Once we get to the end of this
we’ll press the home button, it takes a second or two,
you’ll see the drone will maybe rise to 20 metres, cause
if it’s under 20 metres, it always fly’s up to 20
metres before it returns home. Then does a rotation, as it’s
aiming back towards home. (motorbike revving) And then it’s on it’s way back. (motorbike engine running) Now I find that when I’m
on the, over the high tide, there’s a lot of soft loose
sand and I prefer to hand catch. So I just press the
auto return home button, until it goes beep-beep, that takes it out of auto return home. Slowly bring the drone down,
stop it, get hold of it, and then just hold the down lever until the drone switches off. (waves crashing) So now we’re ready to cut the
bait up, lay the line out, put the baited tracers on, connect all the weights and everything. This takes about three to four minutes, depending how efficient you are. And we know that the
drone’s ready to take off, so we’ve done it the correct way round. (wind howling) And we’ve done it this way
so that we don’t have bait sitting on the beach for too
long attracting seagulls. (drone motors running) If I’ve got big baits, or a
lot of weight on the line, I always take care to do a soft take off, so that I don’t trip the
inertia release, on take off. And then once you’re up and
you’ve got a bit of line sag, the constant load, just allows
the clip to remain attached. (wind rustling) 350, (motorbike engine roaring) 400 (motorbike engine revving) I keep looking at the remote feed out, it tells me how fast the drone
going, how far away it is. And once it’s at the desired
distance, I just jam my head, my hand over the top of the reel. And that shock just allows
the clip to release, and it drops, if the drone
carries on beyond 500 metres, of auto return home, if I stop the drone short of 500 metres, I then press return
home, auto return home, and the drone will start heading back. After a couple of seconds I
just have a look at the remote, and make sure that the drone
distance is getting less. So that I know that the
auto, return is working. (motorbike engine revving) When the drone comes back,
I have the option of either letting it auto land by itself, or I can press the auto return button until it goes beep-beep and that will put out of auto return home
if I want to do a hand catch. (motorbike engine revving) (drone motors running) Hand catching stops sand getting
blown through the motors, it’s not so important on
wet sand like that sand, but when you’ve got the
dry sand above high water, a little bit of sand can get blown up and you really don’t want
that going through the motors. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Oh look at that (laughing), (waves drowns out Paul and Ian) We have another big night here. It’s important to, keep a
bit of tension on the line, after the lines released,
I’m straight onto it, taking the bow out of the line. Sometimes it’ll take
you two or three minutes to actually come up
tight against the sinker. At tight line is the key to catching fish and seeing the bites. If you’ve got a big belly in the line, you won’t see the bites and the fish don’t really have any resistance
to hook themselves against. So tight line equals more fish. (waves crashing) You can wind it in faster
you’re nearly in now now. (waves crashing) (wind rustling) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) The brown-stuff around the line there is, a bit of drifting seaweed. One of the really good
things about drone fishing, a little bit of that drifting
weed doesn’t really matter. Because you cast straight
over the top of it, and normally you’re well out past it. That looks like a keeper doesn’t it. – Yeah–
(waves drowns out Ian’s reply) (waves crashing) – [Paul] Yeah just, measure
it on the board there – Yep (wind rustling) (waves crashing) – Yeah, it’s well over (waves crashing) Wow, first time drone fishing,
first cast, first fish. (drone motors running) – So I’ve cast the rod that we
caught the fish on out again and I’ve got the drone just
coming back, the second time. So, (drone motors running) things are starting to warmup. We’re getting bites on both
rods at this point so who knows. We’ve got so much going on actually, we’ve decided just to
let this drone auto land. So it took off from the wet patch of sand, so it’s a good place for it to land. You can see that auto
landing is a bit slower than, manual landing but it’s very safe. (drone motor shutting down) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Do you wanna wind yours in ? (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – Not really (chuckles) – [Paul] You don’t, not
while they’re biting. – No (waves crashing) – [Paul] Well you had bites
not that long ago didn’t ya. – There hasn’t been enough
for the baits to be stripped. So I can put two large hooks
and the rest were all small. – [Paul] Yeah, and big baits hey. – [Ian] Big baits on the two big ones. – [Paul] Yeah.
– [Ian] But – nothing bigger than my
numb on the other one. – [Paul] Yeah. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) This could get exciting later on hey. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – Second cast of the day,
had a few bites let it sit, there was no hurry, no
hurry to bring it in. Certainly feels like there’s
something there though. Very excited, can’t wait. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Yeah there’s a bit of weight there. (waves crashing) Yeah. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) It’s another little one. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – [Paul] Might be undersized hey, – [Ian] Yeah – [Paul] Oh that might be legal, (waves crashing) we’ll give it a measure anyway hey. – [Ian] Yep (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – [Paul] Oh two. – Two–
(waves drowns out Ian’s reply) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) How about that, second cast, (waves crashing) very productive, can’t wait for the next one. (waves crashing) Ah yeah, fits, somewhat
did the last one hey, to me the other one to (mumbles) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (wind rustling) – [Paul] So worth remembering,
over the top of the tide. – Yeah (waves crashing) (waves crashing) A perfect day, – Overcast but,
– [Paul] Yeah – Still quite warm, the
wind’s dropped right off. – [Paul] Two hours before dusk. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Yeah that wind wouldn’t
even be five knots now. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Just a little bit better hey,
– [Ian] Yeah (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) How about that third cast, four fish, (waves crashing) (waves crashing) this is my first time
out, this is incredible. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) And we got another rod nodding away can’t wait to see what that one yields. – [Paul] So I quickly re-baited the gear and got the gear heading out again. And, as that rod was being cast we started getting some interesting bites on the next rod down. Now this is a very stiff rod, it’s actually had about
300mm broken off the top it and we just put another eye on it. – [Ian] First thing to pull line today. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – Check this swimming in, (waves crashing) it’s a good fish. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (drone motors running) (drone motors running) (drone motors running) (drone motors running) (drone motors running) (drone motors running) (drone motors shutting down) (waves crashing) – There we go, (Paul giggles) it’s starting to pull now. What an introduction to drone fishing. Four casts, fish on very cast, (waves crashing) this is exciting stuff. (waves crashing) We’re using fresh mullet as bait, but on this set we’ve
got half a mullet head, and a good chunk of the
mullet gut on there too. So it will be interesting to
see, what this fish has taken. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) First time today you’re
getting tight in the drag. (Paul giggles) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) This is so exciting it’s the sort of thing that turns non-fisherman
into mad keen fisherman. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) I’d heard how exciting,
how fast and easy this was, but I didn’t believe
it until I’ve seen it. I see what all the fuss is about now. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) For this style of fishing
we always recommend going hardy baits, fresh
mullet is our go-to. If you gotta go frozen,
go squid or octopus, (waves crashing) we avoid soft baits like pilchards, bonitos things like that, they’ll just come straight off the hook. (Waves crashing) Won’t be a shark to fly and flat – [Paul] Oh wow, that’s a good fish (waves crashing) It looks like it could be more than one. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Oh it was it’s tail,
yeah it’s a good fish. – [Ian] Good Fish. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) Way more than one. – [Paul] Yeah, I can see three. (waves crashing) – [Ian] Plain perfect, – [Paul] Four
– [Ian] Four (waves crashing) (seagulls chirping) (waves crashing) – [Paul] Yeah, that’s a nice fish. (waves crashing) (waves crashing) – [Ian] How about that? (waves crashing) My first time drone fishing, (waves crashing) I’ve just caught my personal best. What an amazing day, four sets, seven fish, (motor bike revving) I’m pretty certain
that’s my personal best. And we’ve still got the dusk set to do. AEE drone, 500 metre sets, six hooks a set, two minutes a set. – [Paul] Anyone can come to
our free beach demonstrations, and this time of year you’ll
be seeing fish like this. This is the early October run of snapper, moving down towards the Hauraki Gulf. If you go to our website, subscribe at the top right
hand corner of any page, we’ll notify you where and when the next demo will take place. Hope to see you there, and you never know you might
even wind up with a fish.

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