A Kiwi invention that uses a drone to take much of the hassle out of fishing is gaining global attention.
From his garage in Auckland, electrical engineer and project manager Kyle Parshotam has been designing and building high-tech “fishing drones” that can haul line hundreds of metres out to sea and drop the bait right in front of fish – upping the odds of landing a big one.
The carbon-fibre aircraft – dubbed the AeroKontiki – can hover for up to 12 minutes and has been built to fly up to 500m with the maximum height locked at 60m.
It also has two GPS systems that allow it to return to shore on autopilot.
“It’s fast – you can deploy the line very quickly with the whole mission just taking a few minutes,” Parshotam said.
“And you can also use it in some pretty harsh environments where you’ve got rocks and big surf which traditional kontikis can’t go through. You can be quite precise with where you drop your bait.”
I guess it’s the next step in the progression using tech, but I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy the idea of a bunch of those buzzing away in popular fishing spots. ¬†¬† Read more »