I’ve had drones fly by me several times while I’ve been out fishing. These are usually just local residents getting their gearhead fix on a Sunday afternoon and they haven’t been intrusive. They generally whizz around, hover, whizz around a bit more, and leave. For me at least, not much to take offense to. Could a drone operator do something that’s annoying or I take offense to? Sure, but it hasn’t happened yet. In fact, if a drone just happened to catch some cool aerial footage of me fighting a fish I might even approach the operator for a file.
The question at hand is whether I’d get my undies in a bunch if a fisherman uses a drone from a parking lot to check out the action on the beach rather than walking out and looking? Do I have this right? Haven’t folks been using binoculars to do this very same thing since the things were invented?
I think there will always be the guys with binoculars watching for the bite from their cars. I don’t think doing this by drone will change the dynamic very much.
On the other hand, I’m on beaches where people don’t fish a lot, and I’m not dealing with knuckleheads too often. My attitude might be different if other guys were mugging my spot all the time and I had to constantly deal with idiots.
Would I use a drone to help locate fish? First of all, I don’t think a drone is going to find fish in the water for me, The water I fish isn’t that clear. Second, I can stand on a bluff and ( or even a low dune) and see the structure I need to see. I think a drone would be a waste of time.
Drones are a thing, but like hula hoops, bongo boards, and fidget spinners sooner or later they won’t.