HONED DRONE TAC­TICS

Saltwater Sportsman - - Tod / Casts + Blasts -

I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on drones in the Oc­to­ber 2018 is­sue. I fly a Splash Drone 3, and oth­ers.

The Splash Drone 3 is big, and the throb of its 12-inch props gives away its pres­ence. I’ve had tur­tles dive and dol­phins take off for new ter­ri­tory when it gets close to them. They ap­par­ently can feel the pulse of the props and don’t stick around.

I’ve found it is best to keep some dis­tance away, prefer­ably on the far side of the tar­get fish, and be mind­ful of the shadow of the drone as well. Stay­ing on the far side of the tar­get will drive it to­ward you and make for a bet­ter photo with your boat in the pic­ture. Also try and have the sun off the quar­ter so you don’t get glare and the shadow of the drone is out of the way.

Some birds, like osprey, will at­tack a drone, so be mind­ful of them.

With the Splash drone, I can land on the wa­ter, so it’s no big deal [if I see one], but if your drone can’t, like the Mavic, then you have to out-fly them or lose your drone. Chuck Mor­ton Weeki Wachee, Florida

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