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Three Australian legends just changed the whole damn game with ‘Drone Fishing’

Our species has been fishing for 42,000 years, and in all that time the technology has more or less stayed the same. Until now.

Sure the material’s different and the reel’s are a bit fancier, but it’s essentially still just a line on a stick.

But after all this time, a pair of humble Aussie blokes from Western Australia have now completely changed the game:

Drone fishing.

Drone Fishing

Welcome to the future. (Image: Jaiden Maclean)

The concept, surprisingly, is remarkably simple.

Step 1: Attach a hook baited with octopus, to a drone.

Step 2: Rig the other end of the very, very long line up to a big-game fishing rod.

Step 3: Fly the drone out over the ocean and using a GoPro and iPad search for schools of tuna.

Step 4: Drop the line into the middle of the fish and wait for them to latch on.

Step 5:The force of the fish snaps a rubber band that’s connected to the drone – reel in your dinner as normal!

Jaiden MacClean and Byron Leal made a video of their exploits – hauling in a 20kg tuna, and it is, without doubt, the most incredible thing you will see all week.

Get allllllll of this into ya:

The lightbulb moment for this ingenious idea came from Jaiden, who runs a drone business called Sea Ulcer Aerial Media.

“My mate Jaiden Maclean has a drone business, Sea Ulcer Aerial Media, and he was flying it around just out the back of our joint trying to film turtles and manta rays and things like that,” Byron told The Gold Coast Bulletin.

“We just stumbled across a large school of tuna and we were thinking ‘how can we get our bait out to the tuna and catch them from the beach’.

“We were having a few beers and having a think about it, and we sort of made up this break-away rig on the drone and just flew the bait out.

I haven’t got the statistics in front of me, but I’m fairly certain 95% of Australian inventions started with ‘having a few beers’.

A 20kg pelagic tuna

A 20kg pelagic tuna for dinner. (Image: Jaiden Maclean)

The first time they gave it a whirl, the tuna jumped straight on the hook and they were having sashimi for days.

But when they tried to film the video at Tweed Heads in late April, it took them five days before they were successful.

They’ve copped some flak from some online commentators for ‘cheating’, but as Jaiden explains, it’s been anything but easy:

“It took us about five days to catch one,” he said.

“Every time we saw a school of fish come past we had to run and carry all the gear around.”

The pair are now pretty keen to get this off the ground as a business idea.

“I want to take people game fishing for mackerel, cobia and even marlin without having to step on to a boat,” Jaiden said.

Recreational fishing is heavily regulated in NSW (you need a license just to use a hand line), so the legality of the contraption was in question.

Thankfully though a spokesman for the NSW Department of Primary Industries said it was all sweet because the line is still a handheld line – albeit attached to a drone soaring through the air.

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    Saturday 7 May 2016