There are 2 types of drone casting which require different elements of the drone to be used for the drone fishing. These are;
1. ‘Fly and Cast’. Which means, flying the long line (potentially with up to 10 hooks attached) out to a distance beyond the breakers and releasing the long line into the ocean and waiting for the fish to bite. The Newton-3 release system fitted to the Condor enables a fail safe release meaning any snags prior to the desired release point will cause the line to separate from the drone, saving the drone from being pulled into the water. The advantages of the ‘Fly and Cast’ are: more hooks available for a successful cast, no camera involved so can carry more on the drone (more payload available), more casting time available and therefore more casts. Fly and Cast is simple operation. No requirement for smart phone attached to the controller and you can fish by yourself. Once the drone has set the line, one single press of the home button and you can put the controller down whilst you attend to the fishing rod to take up the line slack (and the reel in the fish). The Condor drone will land itself at the home calibrated position.
2. ‘Spot and Drop’. Refers to a specific type of fish which is generally targeted such as Tuna or Shark. The drone camera (if fitted) is used to spot the target fish, then drop a line next to the targeted fish; or use the drone to dangle a lure in the vicinity of the specific targeted fish. The release system is critical here. This is precision fishing. It is more difficult for the less seasoned angler and drone fishing operator. This type of drone fishing requires less hooks and less available weight for bait on the drone, however the weight of the camera usually causes less casting time of the drone among other complexities. The big advantage is a more specific fish can be targeted such as a Tuna. Some disadvantages is it is a more complex operation and generally you will need at least 2 people. You will also need a smart phone attached to the controller so as to view to camera live footage. Also, most ‘Spot and Drop’ drones incorporate an electrical release system which introduce problems of their own – many causing drones to be lost in the water. Overall a more complex operation than the ‘Fly and Cast’. The next version(s) of the AEE Condor fishing drone will be able to ‘Spot and Drop’ whilst maintaining its already awesome lift capacity – it will enable the angler to choose between ‘Fly and Cast’ or the ‘Spot and Drop’ whilst maintaining the overall level of safety the original AEE Condor Newton-3 has been renowned for.