HONED DRONE TACTICS
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