Fisherman’s Epic Cast Nabs an Annoying Drone – Is He Right or Wrong?

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from Tice Ledbetter’s YouTube video.

Either this fellow has it in for drones, or he didn’t want his mug on camera because he’s evading arrest for some egregiously incriminating act. Either way, you’ve got to commend his casting precision.

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I’m not sure how much that drone costs, but it’s a safe bet that it’s exponentially more expensive than the few yards of line and attached tackle the fisherman gave up for his kicks. He didn’t cause any damage beyond a tangled propeller which looks as though it took about a minute to correct. Had a 5-ounce pyramid sinker blown through the rig, damage would have been more tolling. It also could have come crashing down onto an unwitting pier-goer.

Legally, it’s possible that both parties are at fault. An unmanned “glider”, San Diego City ordinances state, is not permitted to fly over city property without previous authorization–it’s unclear whether drones fall under the category of “gliders”, but they’re certainly unmanned. The city’s municipal code also states that anglers may not “Cast any fishing line or pole overhead or allow any lure or hook to pass inboard of the pier railing while casting.”

What do you think? –OJB

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