Chinese drone manufacturer PowerVision has developed an underwater drone that can help hobbyist fishermen

PowerRay can be used in freshwater, saltwater or ice fishing environments, operating at a vast array of different demanding environments with its tough outer shell.

An added extra – the Fishfinder – uses sonar to find fish ready to be caught. It sends back images of the fish and the underwater landscape to fishing enthusiasts and will alert them when the prime casting spot is detected using Wi-Fi embedded into the drone.

PowerRay can dive up to 30 metres (98 feet) underwater, while fish can be detected up to 40 metres  below the drone, ensuring its can operate at a full range of 70 metres.

“Recreational fishing is one of the lifestyle areas that has not seen major technology breakthroughs,” Wally Zheng, PowerVision CEO said.  “By introducing PowerRay, PowerVision is completely changing the way we have been fishing in the past 7,000 years. ”

The PowerRay drone hooks up to a smartphone via a companion app on iOs and Android. Functionality includes the ability to identify species of fish, discover where the drone is at any moment and set up ravel mode, speed, and light setting. It’s also the way of controlling the drone’s 4K UHD camera too.

To add more automation into the mix, the bait drop component can also be tagged on, negating the need to even cast the bait. it can be moved into a precise position (thanks to the data relayed by the sonar), dropped and then monitored.

For those who want to make their fishing experience even more immersive, users can also hook up a Google VR to the PowerRay to ride through the waters with the drone.

“Through innovating the fish finding technology and features, providing the thrill of finding the catch and an immersive underwater experience through virtual reality, PowerRay is going to provide more efficiency, thrill, and fun to fishermen around the world. Recreational fishing will never be the same again.”