A man has found an innovative new way to catch fish without using a rod – and believes it’s a sport that could catch on.
Instead of traditional fishing equipment, Paul Sirimarco was challenged by his fisherman friend Brian Maguire to pick up a large mouth bass with a drone.
After testing its lifting power with two coke bottles, the pair went ahead and managed to score a catch at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, California.
The man uses his drone instead of a fishing rod
He manages to catch the fish on the end of the line
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Paul’s wife Tina, who captured the action on camera, said: "Brian fishes out of the lake and Paul likes flying the drone around to get various aerial shots of the people golfing.
"Back in November Brian asked Paul if he thought the drone could pick up a fish, and the idea bloomed from there.
"They tied a 16oz coke bottle to the end of a fishing line to see how much weight the drone could pick up. It did it with ease, so then they tied two 16oz coke bottles to the fishing line and it was also able to pick up both bottles.
Paul was set the challenge by his pal, Brian
Paul now believes drone fishing could take off as a proper sport
Paul with his catch
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"The guys thought the weight of a fish would be less than the two coke bottles and they were right! Paul said the drone easily picked up a large mouth bass. In fact, the coke bottles actually drained more battery than the fish did.
"People are pretty shocked when they see the video. It’s the first time we tried it and we haven’t seen anyone else do anything similar, but we have a list of friends who want to try it when they visit us.
"Who knows, maybe we’ll watch drone fishing one day on TV. Anything is possible."
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