Fishing by drone in the Huron River

I’m tempted to write about Trump’s big white power friendly rally of insanity in Florida tonight, but, instead, I think I’ll just share this footage I shot yesterday evening of someone fishing by drone in the Huron River. Watch, and be amazed.

According to my friend Jason, who I was at the park with yesterday, the fish that was pulled out of the water by the drone was a 12″ bass. [Jason, by the way, was also intimately involved in the twenty pound carp controversy of 2012, but we’ll save that story for another day. He’s apparently a magnet for fish drama, though.] And, no, the guy with the gun didn’t proceed to then shoot at the fish as it dangled several feet above the water, twitching around, suspended by the drone, wondering what in the fuck was going on. [How would that be for an extreme sport, though? Kind of like a modern reimagining of the biathlon.]

For what it’s worth, I now know that this activity that I witnessed is illegal, and I suspect there’s a good reason for that… and I’m not suggesting that others try it… but, with that said, it really was impressive to see this guy maneuver his drone, deftly dropping his line in different places, and just slowly pulling the lure along the surface of the water, and I can’t imagine a better test of skill. And, no, I’m not looking to take on another project, but I do think it might be cool to have a drone fishing season, just like we have a bow hunting season. And, yes, I know it’s a slippery slope. I know, as soon as we allow drones for fishing, even if it’s just for a few days a year, someone would then start hunting by drone. And, before we knew it, people would want a season where they could send bipedal, Terminator-like robots into the woods a few days each year to to pull the heads off of deer. I get that, but I still think it would be cool to have one day a year when people could compete in drone fishing competitions and the like.

Oh, and if you’re coming to Riverside Park to fish, you probably don’t need a gun… I get that there’s a lot more activity at the park since the opening of the playground, but, for the most part, our local toddlers are pretty harmless. And, in all my years of hanging out at Riverside Park, I’ve never seen anyone accosted while fishing, beaten up for their lures, etc. I get that Ypsi has a reputation, but, really, if you’re at the park on summer evening, I don’t think you need to be worried about having to go to war with either the kids on the monkey bars or the older women doing yoga… In all seriousness, I get that open carry is the law here in Michigan. And I understand why someone might feel as though they need protection. All I ask is that maybe, before you decide to arm yourself, you just give some thought to the space you’re in, and to the fact that others around you might also feel unsafe on occasion… like when they see an armed man walking toward the neighborhood playground where their children are playing.

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  1. John Galt
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    There’s nothing in the constitution that says I can’t kill pigeons with a flamethrower in my local schoolyard. God bless America.

  2. Dogmatic Dolt
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Aloha JG, Just for you.

  3. John Brown
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    That was not John Browns drone operator. Our main drone is quite a bit bigger. But small ones like this are incredibly capable and could be powerful tools of asymmetrical warfare.

    And open carry, as Mark’s reaction shows, is a horribly antisocial behavior. You won’t see JBs crew open carrying until well into a potential violent resolution of our Constitutional crisis. And by then hopefully Mark will be in our ranks.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Just wait for those 812,322 sealed indictments to appear. Q says they are coming any day now. Just wait.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    You’ve mentioned bow hunting and drone fishing. There is such a thing as bow fishing. The logical next step is drone hunting. And by that I don’t mean using a drone to hunt. We could hunt drones with open carry. Pull!

  6. Jean Henry
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    My dad is teaching my son to fish today because I somehow never learned. Yet another remaindered life skill he can tell his kids about when fishing of any kind becomes illegal in 20-30 years.

  7. Jean Henry
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:43 am | Permalink

  8. anonymous
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to the time when 3/4 of the earth’s surface is “dead”. #MAGA

  9. Lynne
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I never much liked fishing but maybe I would like it more if I had a drone.

  10. Sad
    Posted June 20, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he had a gun in case Iran tried to shot his drone?

    What is more intolerable than someone shooting your drone?

    I know HW and FF are engorged, er, enraged!

  11. John Brown
    Posted June 20, 2019 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Agent Orange saying Iran “must have made a mistake” regarding drone downing, thereby backpedaling on his normal ape-ish chest thumping. Maybe the Dolt can give us some insight into how this fits pootins interests?

  12. James Engman
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Drones are actually banned from flying over state and federal land during hunting seasons – out west where spot-and-stalk hunting is more prevalent at least. It’s interesting that we allow certain technologies that increase efficacy (trail cams, rifle scopes, range finders) but not others. I for one, along with probably most other hunters and anglers, don’t want drones in the woods and over water. Neither does the wildlife I suppose.

  13. iRobert
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I’ve been wanting to develop a drone-capturing drone. I want to steal people’s drones right out of the air and then sell the drones on the black market. If there are any tech-savvy folks out there interesting in helping me achieve this dream, you can contact me here on Mark’s blog.

  14. John Brown
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    They already sell shotgun shells that hit small drones with a net. Haven’t tried them personally.–3-Pack-35975

  15. iRobert
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:13 pm | Permalink


    I like it, and certainly would enjoy using the shotgun deployed net on drones I didn’t want to resell on the black market. But I’ll still need a drone-capturing drone for those nice ones I don’t want to risk damaging.

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