Nothing Was Biting: Fisherman Casts And Hooks A Drone

August 15, 2015


This is a video of a disgruntled fisherman casting at and successfully hooking Youtuber Tice Ledbetter's drone on a San Diego pier. Admittedly, that cast was pretty amazing. Maybe if he could cast like that all the time he'd have more fish in his bucket. I remember one time when I was fishing as a kid I got my hook stuck in my older cousin's ear. She was not happy about that at all and still won't talk to me at family reunions. Plus, okay, one time I did accidentally crush her hand in a sliding minivan door too.

Keep going for the video, as well as the video of what Tice Ledbetter was trying to capture in the first place. Then argue in the comments about what's considered appropriate drone use while I sit back and have no part of it.

Thanks to bark, which I can't because I'm a cat. Knead your belly instead?

  • The_Wretched

    Drones are just asking to be taken down. Run your robot invaders near me at your peril.

  • Tyguy

    I really thought he would start reeling the drone in. Did the line break or something?

  • Tara Wuennenberg

    Regardless of the public/private debate, it's actually illegal to be flying a drone with a camera so close to a populated area.

    There are specific rules and regulations in place that outline when and where you are allowed to fly.

    Drones that are flown for recreational purposes (aka flying it for the sake of flying it) can be done with very little restrictions. But as soon as you add a camera to it, you are no longer flying it recreationally and are subject to the rules and regulations set out by the FAA (in the US - ) and Transport Canada (in Canda -

    It's amazing how many people don't know this!

  • Brandon Turner

    I don't see that in the link provided.

    Pertaining to taking pictures/video all i found was this:

    For example, using a UAS to take photos for your personal use is recreational; using the same device to take photographs or videos for compensation or sale to another individual would be considered a non-recreational operation.

    So shooting video and uploading it to youtube or other sites is still recreational and not for profit.

    Other guidelines it states:

    Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles

    Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times

    Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations

    Don't fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying

    Don't fly near people or stadiums

    Don't fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs

    Don't be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

    from the website:

    it states:

    Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).

    Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.

    Keep your sUAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.

    Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.

    Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.

    Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport.

    Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.

    Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.

    Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.

    Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.

    Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission (see AMA’s privacy policy).

  • Tara Wuennenberg

    I'm sorry, it's possible the recreational aspect is not clearly laid out in the links I provided.

    That information came from my dad, who is a civil aviation inspector for Transport Canada. He is responsible for General Flight Standards and specifically the regulation of civil UAS and the standardization of UAS access into Canadian Domestic Airspace.

    I had a discussion with him about this exact aspect not too long ago, as I am a photographer and though it would be neat to use a UAS to get pictures.

    The way it was explained to me, and the way I understand it, is that as soon as you attach a camera to the unmanned aircraft you are no longer using the UAS recreationally. You might be using the UAS to take photos/videos recreationally. But you are no longer using the aircraft for the recreational purpose of just flying it, it's being used for additional purposes.

    But I'll double check with him to make sure that I am understanding that right. It's possible that the regulations regarding the interpretation of "recreational" could be different in the US as well.

  • Leland_Gaunt

    I love how the asshole operating it, after clearly seeing it was being damaged, then proceeds to fly it right over a crowd of people. Nice regard for the safety of others...

  • don satow

    If the camera was operated by a human being and they were taking a video of the surrounding surf, would it be ok for the fisherman to try and yank the camera into the ocean? Of course not. Everyone has the right to film off the public pier.

  • The_Wretched

    I could ask the guy on the pier to leave me out of the shot, ask for relevant licenses and have the responsible party on hand if a problem happens. I could also quiz them on their understanding of relevant law. Put the operator somewhere else and it's a different game.

  • don satow

    You would stop a family of vacationers on that pier, taking family photos, to ask them if they have permits, do they have licenses, do they know the law? What if they said no? Would you go over and break their camera?

  • river jester

    "Maybe if he could cast like that all the time he'd have more fish in his bucket" Ummm... thats not how fishing works. The cast doesnt affect your chances of catching nearly as much as the luer or bait you use for example.

  • TheQiwiMan

    All these people arguing about what constitutes the legal definition of "expectation of privacy" in a public place, and the ongoing ramifications of unregulated commercial drones on our society.... and here I am just fappin to a Teletubby performing 'I Fink U Freeky' video.

    Truly we are all intellectual giants in our own ways.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Yeah, it's a public place, so you can film there. It's also a place where people are fishing, so don't be a crybaby if your little toy gets damaged by a fishing line.

  • Brandon Turner

    But someone didn't accidentally snag their line on this "little toy" someone purposefully and maliciously took their pole and caste it to the drone. The same way someone might take their car key and drag it across someone else's car or causing some other kind of damage on purpose.

    If someone had just been fishing and the drone was low enough to get hit, that's operator error. He was up high enough to avoid the fisherman's lines going into the sea.

  • Kaizer Chief

    You and I both know he did it on purpose, but good luck proving it.

  • Neros_downfall

    Fly fishing

  • MrJamsterJ

    How can "privacy" exist in a public place? You want privacy, stay cooped up in your fucking little room and don't leave. \

  • G-man

    PRivacy nah it is public.
    But you go fishing to relaxe you don't want some humming drone flying around.

  • The Fisher was angry cause the Drone was upsetting the Fishes

  • Will

    Too bad no video of hooking your cousin's ear.

  • Wayne

    Taking pictures in public is fine with camera phones. But with drones? That's an invasion of privacy!

  • Brandon Turner

    Can you explain that? How is it different? A person is operating a camera phone. A person is operating a drone taking the same picture. What's different?

    I understand if someone is flying a drone and took a picture through your window, but in this example standing, you are on a dock, in a public place, how is that an invasion of your privacy? you are not in a private place and shouldn't expect privacy.

  • river jester

    I think it was sarcasm.

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