Have you ever played with a remote-controlled boat? How about one equipped with a pole and reel that could actually catch fish? This certainly isn’t the kind of thing you can just go to the local store and buy. (Although as you’ll see later, you can actually buy something similar online.) This tech-savvy fisherman made a custom RC boat capable of snagging a big fish. Operating the boat from his boat a few feet away, he has a long battle with the large fish, and luckily for us it was all recording for our viewing pleasure.
His Remote Controlled Fishing Setup
The creator of this RC fishing boat made it completely from scratch. And as he says in the comments, it wasn’t exactly cheap; the parts were about $800, and putting it together cost another $80 to $100. He calls his RC boat the Interceptor Gen 2. It has a flat, sturdy base with a fishing rod attached to a solid metal frame, and there’s a remote-controlled reel behind that. I guess you could say it’s kind of like playing a video game to catch a fish, but the results are as real as it gets.
How to Build Your Own RC Fishing Boat
So if you are looking to build your own RC fishing boat from scratch, you are looking at a similar time and money investment to what this guy put in. However, there’s a much easier shortcut if you want to get one of your own. This involves taking your existing RC boat, or buying one, and then converting it into a boat that can catch fish.
A company called Fish Fun Co. actually sells RC fishing poles that can be installed on your boat in less than 5 minutes. They are inexpensive as well, costing roughly $20. You can also buy an RC fishing boat with everything already attached so it’s ready to go out on the water and catch fish. Aside from that, if you’re good with electronics, you can buy an RC boat and fit it with a pole and RC reel of your own creation. Going this route might be better because you can customize the fishing equipment to your needs.
What Did the Boat Catch?
When you think of fish, you probably think of a bass, or trout, or maybe a salmon. The fish the guy reels in with his contraption here though is an eagle ray. This cartilaginous fish has these characteristics:
- Rhomboidal body and long tail
- Different types include spotted, long-headed, bat, and common eagle ray
- Range in length from 1 and a half to nearly 30 feet
- Manta and bull rays are also part of this family
- Can weight upwards of 500 pounds
- Are found in various oceans including the Pacific
- Feeds on crustaceans and mollusks
I would say that since this fisherman has an Australian accent, the ray was likely caught off the Pacific Coast.
Can You Eat Wild Caught Eagle Ray?
We don’t know whether this crafty angler caught and released or kept his catch, but we do know that there are a lot of people out there that like the taste of rays. Since they have cartilage instead of bone, you would need to separate the meat from the cartilage. One way people often prepare rays is by boiling them and adding salt, pepper, lemon, white wine, vinegar, and water. So if you ever catch one, you may want to think about making a delicious meal out of it.
The Future of Remote Controlled Fishing
This RC fishing boat is a case where combining two things, fishing and remote controls, leads to a fun form of entertainment. These boats might just get bigger and more advanced, able to catch bigger fish as time goes on. RC fishing seems to be catching on already and will likely get more and more popular.
Time tends to go by fast as you watch the whole interesting process unfold. Whether you skip ahead or watch it all the way through to appreciate it, you’ll see how big the eagle ray actually is and will probably be surprised that it was caught from a little RC fishing boat. I think this fisherman definitely earned his record!