AEE Condor A22 Mechanical Release Fishing Drone
. What Im going to just show you today is the mechanical release that this one has so Ill. Show you that on the drone now. Its still a Newton Release system used before where you can actually do a manual release by thumbing the reel, but as well as that by pushing a button on the remote thatll release the wire from the ball bearings and cast Your bait., As you can see, the release, is slightly different from the original.. Its a little bit more pronounced, certainly a little bit more heavier in the drone, and the remote is a little bit heavier as well, obviously a little more technical stuff inside to make that one work.. The release is quite simple., Its a matter of going on the remote and pushing this button to the left here with the two arrows on it. That opens those ball bearings up and well drop the wire from that and cast your bait. After that. One still returns home with this button here, so just the extra button to push if youre, using the mechanical release, otherwise just thumb the reel and push return to home.. So what Im going to show you now is just the release working on the drone itself. Just to give you an idea, so thats it there and what were going to do is were just going to push the release button and youll see that that wire will drop there. It goes there push the return to home button and the drone will return to home.
Okay. So here we go for another flight. Weve turned the control on and the battery on, baits are all set. The reel is in free spool, send it out push the dropper, so here we go the toggles just for the tips of your thumb, rather than the top of your thumb just gives you gentle motion and gentle is really the key doesnt have to work too hard In case the braid hits the water and drags through this mechanical release. Theres not too much of an issue with that and then well just walk over to the reel. Now, as it goes forward, keeping an eye on the drone all the time as we do and what iI normally do is just thumb over the reel gently, just in case theres, some sort of free spool override you can see its going out at about 13 meters. A second, at the moment, 11 minutes still on the clock were going to go out to about 550m for the set so just bring it over and when we reach 550 Im just going to push this button here to release the bait now and there it goes. You can actually feel it through the rod. Push return to home and youll see that returns coming up already, just keep an eye on the numbers just to doubly sure, while youre doing that you can wind your reel up just to regain tension on that line. So the recurve hook set – and you can see there – that the numbers are coming home and its returning to home.
Okay, okay and heres. The drone returning to home turned around facing back the way it came now. This will land on its own and cut the engine, but Im going to catch it this time, thats. What I normally do keep the drone up and away from you in case it decides to kick in the wind turn it off off at the remote and there we are set. The good thing about this as well, is, if theres a safety function, that, if its low battery when the drones out it will return to home, but it will also drop the mechanical release and drop your cast and bait into the sea before it comes back. That way, it just sort of saves a little bit more battery time, so yeah thats another great safety picture. What im going to show you now is the turning on and the calibration of the new AEE A22 model, pretty straightforward, just the same as the old style. Condor very simple Ill show you that now on the remote, we just turn that on first of all, youll see it come up and youll see it goes connecting we come down to the drone itself and we do a short push. Long push hold and youll see its starting up, the chevrons are moving and the sounds start coming on back to the remote youll, see its connecting weve, got it in GPS mode and in sports mode for speed make sure those toggles are in.
You see a system start up and what its doing now is its just connecting to the satellites making sure everythings, okay and then well be ready to calibrate it, and here we are were ready to go. We can calibrate now its got 17 minutes on the clock. Its zero meters out its in GPS mode at the moment, theres nine satellites so lets calibrate it. So all we have to do is we push the left lever down and hold it and push the return to home button nine or ten times itll come up compass calibrate and put that down now go to the ground. Youll see its flashing green hold it out. One turn horizontal goes to solid green slightly side face up another horizontal turn, solid, green light calibrated and its as simple as that. Now, as Im going to take Wackas line out, hes got a a manual Penn reel and hes using 130 pound braid, so theres a fair weight on the line. But this has been quite good for us, because weve been up the test, dragging the line through the water without it releasing like the old tension release used to do because weve wound the tension up and using the mechanical release and even with the headwind. We get a great drop out of it, so the same again with hooking it up. We just take the wire pop it into the new newton release clip just like that see its held there.
I put the sinkers out in front. Everyone has their own style. This ones going out to the left were going to take the drone up and send it out so again when we start nice and easy toggles down and out get the motors on the drone start up and then just gentle movements with our thumbs thats. The key nice and easy and out youll, go once again were going to take it up to about 35 40 meters. We might even take this to 45 think its a heavier line. We dont have to drag it through the water that makes it all better its away from us. So if a sink is fall or it happens to release it, no ones going to get hurt were up about 44 45 meters now and out. We go Lets come and have a look at the reel, so this is Petes Penn reel its got 130 pound braid on there, nice and thick. You see that the lines peeling out its going at about 11 meters a second at the moment. The drones 300 meters out its hit the water, and you can see its actually still pulling the line out. Hes had a a bit of a run over with the reel there, the drones down to one or two meters, a second now its pulling it again and its rising up to four meters a second. So you can see the pull on this thing and that mechanical release is really working well on this particular cast Im quite pleased thats happened because it gets a good chance to show you whats happening still pulling out its down to three meters.
A second now, normally, with the tension release chances, are you wouldnt, be able to thumb the reel and get a release on this, but thats? The joy of the of the mechanical release is that we can push that button, even when its going down two or one meter a second, even zero, as it is now well push it its released it and its a great cast push the button to return to Home you can see that its returning numbers are starting to come back here. They go now. We cast at 560 odd meters great cast okay, so the drones returned from 560 odd meters. You can see its coming home now. What itll do is itll turn around to face the front again with that Newton release facing forward and down it comes this time. Instead of catching it Im going to let it land on the ground, and you can see what happens nice and smooth still plenty of battery time left. We were there and back in two and a half to three minutes which is fabulous. I think the power in this particular model is better than the original and there it is landed on the ground. The motors will shut down and now we go and turn it off simply buy the opposite to how we started the drone short push. Long push hold chevrons going through lights, will turn out now and off at the remote safely home fabulous Hi its Pete here Im, a user of the AEE Condor, have been doing that for oh probably two years now had some great results, and i just thought Id Do a quick video for you of the new model, what what thats involved with and just show you a little bit about flying the drone in general a little bit about the tackle that I use troubleshooting.
If you have it and then were gon na get on and show you a few flights and see what sort of fish we catch today were up here at the far north and level two, but still getting some great fish at the moment. So lets have a look: Ive got both the drones here. This is the original. My original Condor. You can see the newton release, which is the old tension, release which works very, very well, a good safeguard. If anything goes wrong, that line will just pull out, and you know your drone is not going to go down in the water and heres the new A22 model, and it is the difference. Thats. The new newton release, so thats got the benefit of the tension, release thumbing the reel, but also pushing a button on the remote to release the bait and cast the line theres a comparison of the two for you. You can see that the new release this one here a little bit more, pronounced theres, definitely more weight in the drones and also that the remote control is a little bit different. But what I have found is this has more pulling power, seems to be stronger. Enginescompared to the original 500m model, takes the line out very quickly, very smooth and Im wrapped with it. Its great remotes. Just the same things to watch is just that these two toggles are facing in this is your speed control. This is your GPS antenna straight out in front on this particular model.
Youve got the same toggles. This is your bait release. It opens that mechanical release up this is your return to home button things to remember when flying the drone plenty of battery time in the in the drone itself for the battery, I tend not to fly anything out thats under 10 minutes. The batterys got 20 minutes run time going out there. You never know whats going to happen, headwinds sidewinds anything. So if youve got plenty of battery time less chance of something going wrong and more chance of getting your drone back home safely, troubleshooting the things that seem to come up most of all is that the drone may have lost connection or it may come up. Some sort of error like a field compass error, if you find that you cant return to home its, not returning once youre pushing the button putting the drone into manual just by flicking this over try and bring the drone home back that way, if youre still having No luck I found the best way is: send the drone further out to a kilometer, its got a its got, an end field there, and then that automatically comes into return to homemade mode and will sort of override anything. Thats happened in the past. That seems to work best. The other problem that you may get from time to time is the abnormal battery symbol coming up on here it comes up abnormal battery with an exclamation mark.
If that happens, bring the drone back home land. It have a look inside the battery, often thats, due to a little bit of grit or dirt or moisture in the in the drone terminals, its not getting a good connection. The drone realizes that shows that particular era need to come home land it and perhaps change the battery dry. It out use a brush to brush the terminals, paint brush or whatever and see how that goes now when flying the drone out, the key for a lot of people is jerky motion, which often sometimes gets an early release of the bait. Key thing is gentle gentle gentle, and i find i cant reiterate this enough using the tips of your thumbs to move the toggles up and down and left and right, rather than on top of the toggles, makes everything a lot smoother practice over a field. First of all get that motion proper. I say its getting my mojo on, so what youll find is youll go through a set routine, each time setting up the drone, sending it out calibrating it. The whole works same with how you use the remote control and practice makes perfect, but thirteen hundred dollars for this drone, two years old, occasional maintenance just sending it back, making sure that the terminals are clean, that the batteries are okay and the money Ive had back From this, drone is astronomical. The A22 model Im sold on that the use of the mechanical release at times is just an absolute godsend, so worth the extra couple of hundred a couple of hundred dollars uh.
I would probably tend to use this on windier days just to be able to put the extra tension on the line to stop bowing and also in case hes, a headwind to get that mechanical release rather than the tension release sells it for me. So thats, probably enough of that lets, go fishing talk about the tackle I use for the backbone and the traces I make up my own um, but i do buy the the actual traces and hooks and the swivel clips from Pauls Fishing Systems heres an example theres. The Target release snapper hook – I use – tend to use fours or fives the beauty of these hooks is it has this wire at the back of the shaft and when the fish bite it, especially if theyre small they dont get gut hooked. Now Paul Barnes went to a lot of research to have a look at this, and these hooks are excellent for saving those small fish and being able to put them back in the ocean for another day.. I use a lumo bead at the bottom, just as theres. No nothing rough on the hook, shafts itself and I also use lumo or clear tubing over the trace itself. I just find these easier and just sort of help stop tangles. These swivel clips from Pauls Fishing Systems are great easy to use, help stop tangles fabulous backbone. I use 200 pound backbone trace and coastal clips attach your sinkers at one end.
This attaches to another coastal clip to your braid, on your line on the end. Thimble Ill have a smaller snap swivel with two four ounce sinkers off that and also the release wire coming off it and thats for the situation where you may get a snag out. There, instead of you, know your braid or anything breaking the snap swivel will release those sinkers if need be, or your traces will break a fear hooked up on a rock, and so most of your gear is saved so thats. What i tend to use this is about 15 meters, long 500 width gaps for the swivel clips to run through, and i use six hooks youre allowed seven other than that. You need a float on top of that. But you know six hooks is plenty. You get! Six fish on great stuff, so this is the first fish of the day. Weve been out there about six odd minutes using mackerel and squid. Today, Shimano Forcemaster working reasonably hard winding in at about 22mmin theres. The lithium battery from Pauls Fishing Systems makes it nice and easy simple see the rods working pretty hard. A little bit of sign in the water now lets go down and see what weve got on this first set, always a good sign when you dont see anything floating on the top of the water other than a bit of weed should be a good sized snapper. I think and theres our first one.
First, one of the day as you can see, thats a good size. Fish lets have a look. What weve got today: mines still out there, but weve caught some good fish ive already given a couple away. These are the three best ones weve got for today. Its been a great days. Fishing lets take a look at these beasts. These are beautiful fat, healthy, looking fish cant do much better than that. Its been a great days, fishing hope youve enjoyed the video and well give you an update next time and see how we go tight lines. Everybody okay, so here on our fourth set, it looks like it could be a monster, certainly a pretty big snapper coming in. Oh yeah, this is a good sized one thats a great size. Snapper foot comparison, big fish, good, healthy, looking fish, so this is the third set of the day. On the second one, we got a huge bite which busted the uh, the hook off, which was probably one of the biggest bites. I think ive ever had here um this ones working pretty hard. We had it uh out for about six minutes. Big bite lets see what weve got another big snapper, its a beard, another beautiful, looking fish, theyre, big and fat at the moment, as you can see, put my foot next to it: thats another beautiful fish, so heres. Our fourth cast about 10 minutes in big bite. Tomatoes working hard on this one well wait for another pool, just to sort of show you the fish, isnt happy yeah, shes, not happy that screaming on rakurako mode ill.
Show you the end of the cast when its coming in and lets have a look and see what weve got The A22 Condor A22 is dropping it nicely out there and were getting a great return. So here we are on our oh gosh. Is this the fifth cast im not sure a few good bites and this one wont be as big but still a nice snapper. I think nice penny yeah had a had a bigger bite on there, but didnt hook up so yeah, so thats five sets and four really nice fish, pretty good size. Happy with that. Keep the campers and neighbors and what have you fed its? What its all about, giving it away, keeping some for yourself and just when you think its over, I told you there was that last set out these two on the end of it. Shimano Forcemaster went into circuit breaker mode at about 130 meters, so it was a manual wind in so thats five big ones. For the day.