These guys are catching some nice fish with a remote drone:
Amazing video proving that it can be done.
Girl on the beach with rod and reel trying to catch a shark.
Do you want to catch the “big fish” in less time?
Do you want to leave all those small fish and go for something special? Or, are you a beginner who doesn’t like dealing with all that tackle? Do you like flying drones? What if we combine both your fishing and drone avidness?
Well, if you enjoy flying drones and you are an angler, then this post is for you!
No, we won’t promise that you would become a drone fishing pro by the end of this post as drone fishing requires a lot of experience. However, you will surely understand everything necessary to get started with your drone fishing and buying your first drone.
This post is especially for all the drone fishing beginners who are in a struggle of learning about this fishing technique and aren’t sure about the equipment and the steps to start their drone fishing journey.
So, let’s begin!
The concept of drones isn’t new anymore. While drones gained reputation from the military applications, they are used extensively for many other tasks such as agricultural, recreational, scientific as well as commercial applications. From aerial photography to surveillance, drones are everywhere. However, there is still a field where drones are still pretty new, and that is the field of “Drone Fishing.” The senior or the “old school” anglers might not be comfortable with this new technique of fishing, but the new anglers are loving it! It is hard to tell whether it is an appropriate technique for the senior anglers, but we can hope that they would reach their level of expertise with some little practice as drone fishing is perhaps the easiest and the most productive method of fishing so far.
What is drone fishing?
Drone fishing is an advanced, thrilling, and productive fishing technique that is an excellent option for fishing expeditions. It can take your fishing experience to a whole new level.
Drone fishing consists of a real-time camera that comes with a remote controller. You get all the display right on your device, and you can easily find the fish using this setup. Your drone is more like an in-water fish finder that does all the work for you while you can see it catching the fish. Here is a guide.
Drone fishing is perhaps the best angling method so far due to its ease of use, effectiveness, and productivity. It is also an excellent angling method for the disabled who are not capable of going the extra mile to catch the fish.
How does it work?
Drones come with the ability to cover vast areas. They come with an integrated camera system and can transmit live information during fishing directly to the controller. The controller (or the fisherman) can visualize the live screen on any device like a smartphone or a tablet.
When it comes to fishing, you require long hours to explore the waters to find the right location to fish. Fishing is all about searching for the best spot! Using a drone, it becomes easier to drop the bait using the bait release mechanism. A drone works through a downrigger clip. This mechanism works by holding the line and lures. Once you find the right spot, all you need to do is to lock the reel and drop the bait into the water. As soon as your catch is hooked, you need to stop the spindle by pressing a button on your remote controller. That’s how easy drone fishing is!
How to become a good drone angler?
Becoming a good drone angler requires practice! Remember that you don’t want to be a pilot; you want to be a good angler. You will quickly learn how to fish using your drone by a little practice.
Becoming a good drone angler also requires a good investment. You can not become a good fisherman with a bad or cheap drone.
Is it easy to fish with drones?
There isn’t anything more comfortable than sitting on the beach and watching your drone pulling the big fish from the lake and ocean. You don’t even need to guess the location of your fish as your drone sends the real-time video to your remote controller display. To do this, you either push the button on your remote controller or rotate your drone, release it, and drop the fishing line right at the point where you see the fish. That’s how easy drone fishing is! Remember, you have got complete control!
One of the fantastic benefits of using drones for fishing is that you can always use them for other activities such as aerial photography, search and rescue, and many other tasks. Thus, they are a cost-effective purchase that is suitable for multitasking as well.
How to release the line.
How to choose the best drone for drone fishing?
When it comes to choosing the best drone for your drone fishing, two things matter a lot. The first one is “date,” and the second is “specifications.” Both of these factors profoundly affect your drone experience. As each drone pilot and angler is different; therefore, we can provide you with a list of questions you can ask yourself before buying your drone:
- Where do you live? What is the location where you are planning to go fishing? What are the environmental conditions that you will face during your drone fishing?
- Do you want to catch the big fish? What are your fishing priorities? What kinds of species are available in your region?
- Are you a professional angler? Do you go fishing often?
- How much time and money can you spend on this activity?
It is important to note here that you can use any drone for holding and dropping your fishing line as long as your drone is accessorized correctly. We are also providing you with a list of factors you need to keep in mind when you are comparing different fishing drones:
It is highly essential to consider the maximum altitude, speed as well as flight time of your drone
The payload limit is the second most crucial factor you need to consider before buying your drone. The payload of your drone means the total load that it can withstand to fly reliably and safely.
A drone with an inadequate payload limit is not suitable for the big catch. So, practically, there isn’t any advantage of using such a drone.
Here, also keep in mind that using too much payload on your drone can even drain the battery that can subsequently affect the flying time of your drone. Therefore, beware of attaching what is required!
The third factor is the ease of customization. You should always compare the usability features of fishing drones. You don’t want a highly complex and complicated piece of the device, especially when you are going to use it in the air. Therefore, look for a drone that is easy to use and easy to customize.
The GPS capability of fishing drones also plays a crucial role. Many drones come with auto home return feature as well. If you want that extra luxury, then you can get such a drone. GPS capability is also considered as a safety feature of the drones. However, if you don’t have a budget, then you may skip this feature as it won’t create any hindrance in your fishing experience.
The next and most critical factor is the “water resistance” feature of your drone. Since the main play area of your fishing drone is above the water where you will also experience tons of humidity and moisture. That is why it is crucial only to use such drones that are resistant to water damage. For this purpose, look for specialized fishing drones.
Then comes the battery life of your drone. Using a limited battery life drone can be the worst decision you can ever take. It is one of the most challenging problems that have no solution other than replacing your drone. That can be a massive loss of time and money for you, so choose your drone wisely. We know that fishing requires plenty of patience. It is known as the game of tolerance and patience, where you even need to spend dozens of hours sitting and waiting for your catch. Under such circumstances, a drone with a little battery lie can become havoc for you. A drone with a long battery life will allow you to spend as much time as you want.
The last and yet another highly important factor is the self-stabilization of your fishing drone. There are many drone brands out there that are providing low-end and cheap drones that can not withstand the wind, fish bites as well as choppy waters. Our advice is to never settle for such drones even they are highly affordable. During your fishing experience, you will most likely experience windy conditions and choppy waters. Your drone must be sturdy enough to withstand such conditions, or you won’t get the desired results.
The easy way to cast long distance in the ocean.
Step by step guide to drone fishing
Before jumping into the guide, let us tell you the best part about drone fishing.
“It is effortless to drop a line.”
Yes! That’s true. While many people assume that drone fishing is a complicated fishing technique, in reality, it isn’t. It can be the most effective as well as inexpensive method once you master it.
Following is the step to step guide to drone fishing:
Step#1 – How to pick a drone
The first step towards drone fishing to get a “good quality” drone. Getting the right drone is essential if you want to enjoy your fishing experience. Firstly, you need to get a drone that has extraordinary battery life. Secondly, it should have a decent flying speed. Thirdly, your drone should be strong enough to move against the winds and should be robust enough to withstand the wind pressure. Moreover, it should be easy to control and shouldn’t be complicated to handle, like many military drones. Remember, having the right drone can save you from having a bad fishing experience.
Some of the best drones for drone fishing are Mavic Pro Platinum, DJI drones, Phantom 3 drones, and Mavic Air drones. All of these drones are the most suitable if you are an angler. These models are highly sophisticated, durable, robust, and reliable. They also come with plenty of safety features such as Auto Return Home. Among all of these models, DJI is the leader and enjoys a market share of more than 65%.
Step#2 – How to cast your line and rig your drone
The next step is to rig your drone. It is also known as bait release, bait dropping, and bait casting. The device that is used for the “release and drop” action is not included in your drone. You need to buy it separately. This device is usually mounted on your drone. The fishing line (along with the bait or lure) hangs down from this device and goes into the water whenever you command it using the button on your remote controller.
At this point, you need to make an attachment point at a specific spot on your drone. The best point is usually the middle one on your drone to avoid misbalancing and uneven loading of your drone.
Here it is strongly advised to avoid making this attachment to the camera, and the payload can damage your camera.
Step#3 – How to use a release mechanism
The next step is to use the release mechanism. In this step, you need to attach a downrigger release clip on the attachment point that we discussed in step 2. Make sure that it is safe and secure. This release clip is beneficial in holding your fishing line.
Step#4 – How to attach your fishing line and release the clip
In this step, you need to connect your fishing line with the release clip. For this purpose, you can unlock the reel to extend the line freely.
Step#5 – Fly your drone back
The last and most straightforward step is to fly your fishing drone back to you. You need to be careful during this process so that the drone doesn’t fall in the water.
That’s all! Happy fishing with your drone.
Flighttest.com makes a water proof model.
The “Before and After” of Drone Fishing
It is essential to inform you here that drone fishing is way different than that of conventional methods of fishing where all you need is a rod and a reel. There are few things that you need to keep in your mind before drone fishing while drone fishing and even after drone fishing. However, all the problems that came with conventional methods of fishing are not there anymore with drone fishing.
For instance, when it comes to drone fishing, you don’t need to worry about all the hooking. You are at an increased risk of injury from the propellers that can be potentially dangerous.
Since this new fishing technique, so it is very sure that you are comfortable flying it under any circumstances. This step needs to be done before you go fishing, as the practice is the essence of drone fishing. After all, you don’t want your drone to fall in the middle of the water, especially when you have spent so much of your money on your drone. Thus, the first tip to follow before going drone fishing is to learn how to operate it and use it.
A very useful tip that you need to follow before using your fishing drone is to figure out your distance from your drone. You need to maintain such a distance where you feel comfortable controlling your drone. For this purpose, you should carry out test flights before actually going for drone fishing. Also, remember that you must have all the fishing accessories already attached to your drone before your test flight. Why it is so essential is because fishing accessories can decrease the altitude of your drone.
It is also highly essential for you to make sure that drone fishing is legal in your area. You also need to check out the rules and regulations of drone fishing in your area.
Another thing you need to consider is to check if your drone is charged before you head out to fishing or not. Having a fully-charged drone is essential to avoid any complications during fishing. Furthermore, all parts of your drone must be in excellent condition. You don’t want it to stop functioning in the middle of the fishing and fall in the water or to the ground. Remember that the repairing fee of drones is pretty high, and they aren’t even repairable at times.
Before drone fishing, you also need to be very cautious about all other fishermen in your area. Not all the anglers in your area might be using drones, so you need to give them their space and show respect to your fellow anglers at all times.
The third piece of advice for you is to pick a drone that can pick massive payloads. Your drone is the one that is going to lift your catch from the water. So, it is essential that your practice this part of fishing in advance to save yourself from trouble later on.
Lastly, you consider seeking advice from an experienced angler. So, find a one in your area and learn all the fundamentals of drone fishing. That will increase your chances of success.
By following these tips, you can become a pro at drone fishing in no time. You even end up teaching others about it as well.
It is essential to install your latest firmware and software on your drone. You don’t want your drone to stop working in the middle of the ocean. Your battery should also be charged, and your remote controller should be in good shape as well. Beware that anything can happen in the air and on the water, so you need to have all the necessary precautions. Moreover, every drone model comes with its app that must always be updated.
Here, it is imperative to note that your drone’s battery might get drained off if you are using a heavy payload. Therefore, it is highly essential to reduce payload during harsh and windy conditions. For the safety of the people around you as well as your safety, it is necessary to stay away from the people, objects, and always fly safely. Also, make yourself aware of the drone usage law in your country and follow the rules and regulations at all times to avoid any trouble.
Once again, be very cautious about the maximum payload capacity. That is different for each drone; you should read the instructions manual properly before operating your drone. There are also many drones out there in the market, such as DJI Spark, that can not handle hefty payloads, and that is why they are not advisable for drone fishing.
Many anglers make mistakes of flying their drones in adverse weather conditions. That is risky! Keep in mind that windy conditions are not only dangerous for your drones as they can fall, but they can also drain the battery life of your drone at a faster pace. Moreover, windy conditions also harm the hovering function of your drone that can become a hurdle in your fishing experience. Furthermore, such weather conditions can also affect the controlling capacity of your drone. Even a small gust of wind could put your investment into danger.
Birds are not fond of drones, and they might be offended as well if your drone crosses their way. Some bigger birds like eagles can even attack your drone that can, in turn, have a disastrous effect not only on your drone but also on the bird. That is why you need to stay very respectful towards wildlife and take care of them. So, keep your drones away from local forests or from any place where you expect wildlife. When it comes to showing respect, it also applies to other anglers. Don’t forget that water belongs to all the anglers. Therefore, don’t draw your drone closer to other fishermen. No one likes a buzzing object revolving around them and their catch.
Another precaution that you need to follow is to keep your drone at the height of no less than 10 meters. The drone vibrations can spook your catch.
We will also highly recommend you to avoid wasting your hard-earned money and your time on all those retarded and unsophisticated drones and devices that are available in the market. Once you survey the market, you will find many cheap and low-end drones as well as drop and release devices. You should be very cautious not to become a trap for such brands and models. That is why do extensive research before buying your drone. After all, you don’t want to see your money crashing into the water at the end of the day and become a total loss. Remember! It’s your fishing drone we are talking about and not your fishing kite.
Another crucial precaution you need to follow is to avoid attaching your fishing line, lure, or even the hooks directly to your device or drone. The proper way of connecting these devices is with the drop wheel of your device with the help of a specialized cord known as “Fail-Safe Drop cord.”
Poseidon 480 has a waterproof housing, real-time camera view, DJI flight controller with GPS, and a quick release bait caster. Everything you need.
DJI Phantom for drone fishing at a beach in Jacksonville. Good tutorial.
Pond sun fish.
The Pros and Cons of Drone Fishing
One of the best benefits of using a drone for fishing is that you can save your time, put less effort, and become a better fisherman at the same time. You can also catch more fish, and on top of all, you can enjoy a fun fishing time with drone fishing.
Drone fishing also allows you to see the live footage of where your bait is and also will enable you to drop it precisely. Thus, it will enable you to catch more fish.
Another benefit of using the fishing drone is that it is sometimes not possible for you to reach certain areas without a boat or a kayak. However, with the help of a drone, you can cast where ever you want and enter the places that are farther.
Drone fishing also allows the anglers to have more fun. Lastly, drones enable you to target those desired species. Moreover, you get a chance to learn new techniques and become a pro at fishing.
The only downside of drone fishing is that it requires you to have enough practice and experience. Moreover, you also need to invest in buying your drone that is not affordable for everyone.
What about the cost?
Speaking of cost, you can even get a drone at a price as low as $300. However, such drones are not reliable. On average, a good drone ranges anywhere between $400 to $1600 depending upon the model of drone. That is the price of the drone alone.
You also need the release and drop device that will cost you around $200. If you are planning to drone fish at night, then you also need a flashlight. Therefore, on average, you can get a suitable drone fishing mechanism from $700 to $900.
Drone fishing isn’t an accessible business. As an angler, you need to pass yourself from tough times learning and mastering the technique. It is not unless you become a pro that you can start using your drone in open waters. Thus, becoming a drone angler is quite challenging at first.
While drone fishing is becoming increasingly popular with each passing day, it still isn’t much common among many anglers. It seems that our drone community requires plenty of time to grow and make a place in the fishing community. Since the old anglers aren’t much comfortable and familiar with drone fishing, we need to protect and build our reputation so that this incredible sport keeps on sprouting in the future as well.
So, there you have it with tons of valuable insight about drone fishing and how can you become a pro at it. Here, we would highly suggest you consider your safety first and make it your priority. Also, remember that it is better to do everything correctly rather than doing it quickly!
So, right now, go get yourself a fishing drone that can handle your fishing tasks just like the way we have mentioned in this post.
Drone night fishing
Many anglers prefer fishing at night due to many reasons. Firstly, there are many varieties of fish that usually hit the surface during the night time as there is less disturbance. Secondly, night fishing can be peaceful as it is less crowded and you can choose any of your favorite spots. Thirdly, night fishing is the best when it comes to beating the heat in summers as nights are much cooler, and thus, they are suitable for fishing. Moreover, there aren’t any boats, and jet ski’s during the night time as well.
So, when it comes to drone fishing at night, you need to have an extra piece of a device with you in the form of “searchlight.” This searchlight is mandatory by law in many countries during low visibility and low light conditions. The right way of using this searchlight is to mount it on your drone. You can also turn it on or off with the help of your remote controller. Here, keep in mind that to operate the searchlight, you need to use the “release and drop” device without which the flashlight won’t work.
Thus, if you are night angler, then you must use a searchlight to get a better position, orientation as well as direction.