1. The fish finder I’m interested in is the Humminbird RF15. It basically is a bobber that doubles as a sonar and transmits wirelessly back to your receiver. It has two holes – one for the line leading to your rod, and another for your hook. Is this legal in California?
2. Can I attach this sonar to an electric remote-controlled boat and use the RC boat for positioning the sonar? In this configuration, no hook/rod/reel would be used – it would strictly be used as a fish finder.
3. Can I use an RC boat to carry my lure to deeper water (about 300 feet from shore), then once in position, drop the lure and reel it in as normal with a rod/reel? The only thing the boat is doing in this scenario is taking the lure out, then dropping it. In this configuration the lure would be out of the water until it’s dropped. I would then bring the boat in and repeat the process.
4. With the exact setup as described in No. 3 above, can I have the sonar attached to the RC boat?
In all the questions above, the RC boat will never troll – once the hook/bait/lure is released, the RC boat would no longer have any control of the fishing line/hook/bait. – Chris H.
While this product violates the letter of the law today, this language was put into place originally for another specific purpose. It was to address a problem in the days of lead shot where buck shot would be wired together with piano wire and to prevent people from coming up with a way to turn shot into a slug (e.g. melted lead, rusted steel, etc.). In the future, these regulations may be rewritten to allow this type of ammunition, but as of now it is still a violation of the law and so you could be cited for using it.