Best Drones for Fishing August 2018 – 10 Best Fishing Drones

best drones for fishing - comparing the most popular drones

Best Drones for Fishing: a Full in-depth review – August 2018

If you are familiar with our blogs, you probably have heard about drones which are being used for fishing.

However, if you don’t know how drones can be of a help for fishing watch this video which went viral. This is about two Australians which used a Phantom drone and caught a long tail tuna with it.

If you are a fishing enthusiast, and you want to improve your catch, then you should consider using a drone, or a fishing drone, which is safer. This, for sure, can be a great improvement for you, and will defiantly increase your catch.
The assistance of drones to fishing is not something new at all, and today you can see even commercial fisherman use fishing drones when they go out to work.

The advantages of drones in fishing are very clear, you can scout for places where fish schools. You can also use a payload release device to drop baits or lures at your desired location. It can hold a line for you. Or like some people that even used the drone as a rod to take the fish out of the water.  The possibilities are endless for you.

Since drones became so popular in fishing, I decided to review the most popular drones today and check if they are suitable for fishing or not. Which one will be the best drone for fishing? Keep reading to find out. 

So this is my full list of the best drones for fishing. Hey, and don’t worry, we won’t just say which drone is the best fishing drone. In the conclusion, we will tell, who are the 3 best fishing drones in our opinion, so if you prefer something else, at least you will know if its good or not.

We will keep this article up-to-date so whenever there will be a new drone or a new release, we will update this post.

Before you decide to use your drone for fishing, we want you to consider this…

It is very important to say that when using a drone for fishing since many drones out there are not waterproof, you need to be very careful when flying a drone above the water, or near it.

Before we dive into this list of drones for fishing, here are 2 videos that will show you how you can use a drone incorrectly for fishing, the first video goes okay, and you can even see there a good catch of a bass.

However, the second video, on the contrary, ends up with a crashed drone into the water. Luckily, the guy succeeds to repair it.

So, we don’t want you to think that using drones for fishing is something easy and not risky. So make sure to read our article about drone fishing risks, which will help you a lot.

Back to fishing drones

Here are the drones which we are about to review:

  • SwellPro Splash Drone 3
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro
  • Yuneec Typhoon H
  • DJI Inspire 2
  • 3DR Solo
  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
  • DJI Phantom 3
  • IDEAFLY Poseidon 480
  • UpAir One

There is also the AguaDrone, which is about to be released to the market soon. We don’t know when it will be released, however this drone, like the SwellPro Splash Drone 3, it was designed specifically for fishing. We will keep an eye on the AguaDrone and will update here accordingly.

Another company that makes fishing drones are AeroKontiki, this company designed their AeroKontiki EVOLUTION II UAV drone which was built with a combination of carbon fiber and fiberglass which protects it from the damage that can be caused by the salt water. The material is extremely durable and lightweight and also has a special pigment which prevents it from peeling away after it touches salt water. The reason this drone is in this list is since it was specially designed for fishing. But, this drone is being sold only in Australia. So we don’t want to disappoint anyone that wants to have it. So, for now, we kept this drone away from our list until we will have more detailed information about it.

Flying a drone for filming is not the same when you fly it out for fishing. This is due to extra accessories that you need to use, like a payload release, an extra weight that the drone carries and also the winds are stronger. So in addition to know the risks in drone fishing, it is important to know how to use the drone in fishing. Make sure you read our complete guide for drone fishing

So according to this list of drones, we will decide who is the best drone for fishing.

What we are going to review

In order to decide who is the best drone for fishing, on each drone, we will review the following key points:

What is the battery life, is the drone Waterproof, is it floats, fly range, camera quality, is the drone designed for fishing, does the drone come with a payload Release, maximum carry weight, its’ speed, wind resistance, and, of course, the drones’ price. Moreover, we will inform you about the cost of extra accessories which are needed for the drone. Accessories like battery, propellers, payload release device, carry case and some pros and cons for each one.

We recommend not to fly the drone in strong winds. This can be a bit dangerous to you and to your surroundings. Safety should always be on top of all your priorities.

In addition, it is important for you to know that you should not buy a drone alone according to your final budget. Why? Because a drone alone is never enough. It is highly important to know how much the accessories cost. The battery that comes with the drone is not enough. When you go outside and films your adventure, the battery will not last for long, and you want to have a few extra batteries with you. Also, when landing the drone, many times the propellers break, so having extra propellers is highly important. So when you consider buying the drone, you MUST have a budget for these important accessories. Here, I will let you know how much these accessories cost.

From our experience, to be set for a normal adventure with a drone, it is good to have with you 2 extra batteries and a full set of 4 propellers with you.

Let’s start

SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition

SwellPro Splash Drone 3 - Fishing Drone
SwellPro Splash Drone 3 – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t start this post about the best drones for fishing without beginning with the Splash Drone 3. Why? Well, because the Splash Drone 3 was built and designed specifically for fishing, while most of the drones within this list aren’t. No doubt , this is a serious competitor in our list to be the best fishing drone.

In the early days of SwellPro, it was known that SwellPro drones are waterproof. However, as times goes by, SwhellPro upgraded their drones dramatically and made their drones as good as other popular drones today. Having the main features like Return To Home, or Follow Me which are very important for drones, that placed SwellPro as a serious player in the drones industry. While 3 years ago, many drone reviewers avoided SwellPro, today, you no longer can ignore it – you also shouldn’t. You can read more about the SwellPro Splash Drone 3 here.

SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Important features

SwellPro Splash Drone 3, as said, was designed for fishing, that means, it is completely waterproof, equipped with a payload release device which allows it to carry an impressive load of 1km, it can land and take off from the water. And the drone also floats on water. So if you lose connection with the drone and it crashes into water, you can easily find it like this guy in this video.

The drone’ speed is not as fast as most of the other drones on this list, its’ flight speed is 58KM/H, but this is still good enough to do several casts on the shore.

Another great advantage of the SwellPro Splash Drone 3 is the carry bag that comes with it. Most of the drones in this list does not come with a dedicated bag, and you will need to buy one.

Another great feature of the Splash Drone 3 is its remote control. It’s a solid and wide remote control, which has its own display. That means that you don’t need to fly this drone using your cell phone.

What about Fish Finder

SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition - Fish Finder Underwater
SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition – Fish Finder Underwater

Another great feature of this drone is thanks to the combination of 2 features of this drone.

Since the drone floats on water, and the camera with its payload release device is waterproof, that gives you the ability to land the drone on the water and watch live what is going on underwater. So, in other words, you have a live fish finder at your remote control. Moreover, if you see a nice fish underwater, you can release the bait and take off… Leaving you to deal with the fish without any disturbance.

This is for sure an advantage none of the drones here don’t have.

 

 

SwellPro Splash Drone 3 – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
16-18 minutesYes (winner)Yes (winner)1.4Km4KYes (winner)Native (winner)1Kg58 km/h29 km/h1399$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
100$70$Free – included (winner)Free – included (winner)

All the specifications of the SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing can be found here.

Buy now SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing

Full set price of the SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing edition is 1669$

Pros

  • Was designed specifically for fishing
  • Has a native payload release device.
  • It is easy to fly.
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  • Can carry 1Kg of a load.
  • Doesn’t need a phone to fly.
  • Modular – You can upgrade the drone with many other features and functions – so it can be used in many other ways.
  • Floats on water.

Cons

  • 18 minutes of flying which is less compared to some other drones.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Ver 2

DJI Phantom 4 - Fishing Drone
DJI Phantom 4 – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Phantom 4 is the most popular drone today and it is being used by many people. And for some people, this is by far the best drone for fishing, however, this is not because they went over its features, this is only due to the crowd effect. The Phantom 4 has a great potential to be one of the best drones for fishing. It is a very stable drone, however, it is not waterproof, so you should be very careful when using it near water. Here is a video which shows you why you need to be careful. So keep in mind remember that if the drone falls into the water it will sink like a rock.

Some features of this drone are impressive, but, since we are looking for a fishing drone, it is important to note that some of its’ great features are irrelevant for fishing. For example, the drone has a serious range of 5 km. But, do you have a reel that can take 5 km of fishing line? Moreover, even if you do have a fishing reel that can load itself with 5 km of line, you still need more line for all the fighting time with the fish which takes line once it is caught. So assuming that you want to fish 5km away from you, you still need 6km of fishing line which is not realistic for fishermen.

DHI Phantom 4 Important features

A good advantage of the drone is for having an obstacle avoidance sensors. This can prevent the drone from crashing into obstacles. While fishing at sea is not very popular, since it is an open area, still when flying the drone near boats, it can be very helpful.

Regarding a payload release device, well, DJI did not design the drone for fishing, hence, there is no official payload release device for it. But, there are several companies who designed a special payload release device for the DJI Phantom. But, since it is not native to the drone, there is no real function for it on its’ remote control. So the solution was by covering one of the drone’s fronts led light with a resistor. So, to activate the payload release device from the remote control, you need to turn on the light of the drone. This triggers the device and will release your bait to the water.

This device makes it a bit risky during night fishing since you are having one light less from your drone. You can find one like that here. We also have a tutorial that instructs how to install the payload release to the drone.

How over is it when the drawn does fall into the water?

Another important thing, we did see several people which after they crashed their drones into the water, they have could fix it, however, it is important to note that it was fixable only if the drone was taken out of the water quickly and the fixing process will take few days – and it is not 100% promise since they were other people who couldn’t, but again, it is important to note that it is sometimes fixable.

DJI Phantom 4 Ver 2 – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
22-25 minutesNoNo5Km4KNoNot Native500 grams72 km/h36 km/h1499$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
170$20$100$180$

All the technical specifications of the DJI Phantom 4 Ver 2 can be found here.

Buy now DJI Phantom 4 Ver 2

Full set price of the DJI Phantom 4 Ver 2 is 2139$

Pros

  • The drone has many great features.
  • Long fly range.
  • Long fly time.
  • Easy to fly.
  • Many accessories are available from other companies.

Cons

  • Was reported that it gets very hot in warm weather conditions.
  • Takes a while to set up
  • Does not float.
  • Expensive accessories.

Yuneec Typhoon H

Yuneec Typhoon H - Fishing Drone
Yuneec Typhoon H – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yuneec Typhoon H drone is a great powerful drone. As Yuneec is a serious drone manufacturer, it is no surprise to find their drone in this list as well.
The drone has a remarkable 7” display and 360 degrees’ camera which allows you to view a crystal-clear image of your surroundings, which will definitely help you scout for fish above the water.

Another good feature of the Yuneec Typhoon H is its obstacle avoidance sensors. No need to explain about this as I already explained it in the DJI Phantom 4 review.

The Yuneec Typhoon H is a fast drone that can get its speed up to 72km/h. So, if you are experienced with flying drones, you will be able to have more sessions of dropping baits with this drone.

One thing that we didn’t find yet for this drone is a dedicated payload release device. While the Splash Drone 3 comes with a native device, and DJI Phantom drone has a payload release that was built specifically for it (it is not an official accessory made by DJI).  However, Yuneec Typhoon H even that it doesn’t have. But, do not worry as you will find on the internet some tutorials on how to customize a payload release mechanism to this drone.

Yuneec Typhoon H – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
20-25 minutesNoNo1.6Km4KNoNot Native500 grams72 km/h19 km/h1199$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
100$30$100$349$

All the specifications of the Yuneec Typhoon H drone can be found here.

Full set price of the Yuneec Typhoon H is 1778$

Pros

  • Not expensive as the others on this list.
  • The drone has many great features like DJI.
  • Long fly time.
  • Easy to fly.
  • 360 degrees’ camera

Cons

  • Does not float.
  • There is no dedicated payload release device
  • Drone’s propellers are visible on the display

As a reminder, the Yuneec Typhoon is not a waterproof drone. So like the Phantom drones, you can see videos showing this drone sunken in a lake. For example in this video here.

3DR Solo

3DR Solo - Fishing Drone
3DR Solo – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3DR Solo drone is no doubt a great drone and also the cheapest drone in this list. I will be honest and say that when I thought on reviewing this drone, I thought that it will be a waste of time. I even thought that it won’t even be listed within this “Best drones for fishing” post. However, after reviewing it for quite a while , there was a time I thought that this drone can actually be titled as the best fishing drone. 

It is a great drone since it is good for scouting around you, looking for groups of fish. Like the Yuneec it does not have a specially designed payload release device, but there are many release devices that can fit this drone. Its’ fly range is 800 meters. And despite the fact that this drone has the shortest fly range in this list, it should be more than enough for you. After all, I don’t believe you can cast far than 800 meters.

But, keep in mind that the drone does not come with a camera and a gimbal. So, you will need to purchase them separately. Buying a dedicated gimbal for this drone will cost you another 400$ – a price which is more expensive than the drone itself.

Also, you will need to purchase a camera, which in this case, a GoPro Hero 6 will be suitable. A normal price for that is around 400$ as well. So, after summing all up, you will end up with an expensive drone set that can get to 1100$. And since the camera is not built-in to the drone, you will need to make sure you have enough batteries to it as well, and that all batteries of the camera and of the drone are all charged before going out for fishing.

Another great thing about this drone is its speed. This drone can get up to 89 KMH.

3DR Solo – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
20 minutesNoNo800 m4K, GoPro Hero 6NoNo420g89 km/h40 km/h1100$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
35$ (winner)20$ (winner)100$100$

All the specs of the 3DR Solo can be found here.

Full set price of the 3DR Solo is 1399$

Pros

  • Cheap drone.
  • Accessories are not expensive as well.
  • Good for scouting groups of fish.

Cons

  • Does not float.
  • Does not have a gimbal and a camera.
  • There is no dedicated payload release device
  • Shortest fly range
  • Need to charge drone and camera separately.

DJI Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2 – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, DJI Inspire 2 is one of the best drones out there with no questions asked. However, I will never dare to take it out for fishing. Why? 3000$ is a great reason. So you probably ask yourself now, “So why is the Inspire 2 in this ‘Best drones for fishing’ post”? Well, after all, price is only one aspect that we consider in order to decide who is the best fishing drone.

Look, with all my love for fishing, I will never risk 3000$ over a fish. And like many other videos about drones that crashed into water, you will find a video with this drone underwater as well.  This drone is not waterproof and was not designed for fishing. It is one of the best drones for photography, but for fishing… well, I honestly prefer something else.

Its’ specs are wonderful, long battery life, huge fly range (which as I said before, it is not needed for fishing), flying very fast at 94KM/H – making this drone the fastest drone on this list. It has the great features of DJI and also it can carry 2 Kilograms of bait – winner in this category as well.

DJI Inspire 2 – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
23-27 minutes (winner)NoNo7Km (winner)6K (winner)NoNo2Kg (winner)94 km/h (winner)36 km/h2999$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
159$44$300$249$

All the specifications of the DJI Inspire 2 drone can be found here.

Full set price of the DJI Inspire 2 is 3910$

Pros

  • High-quality camera.
  • Fast drone – up to 94KM/H
  • The drone has many great features.
  • Long fly time.
  • 360 degrees’ camera

Cons

  • Does not float.
  • Not easy to fly
  • Very expensive.

DJI Mavic Pro

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The DJI Mavic Pro drone is a very popular drone today, and according to some known websites, it is one of the most sold drones in the world. The Mavic Pro has a specifically designed payload release (not an official device by DJI) and you can find some cheap (60$) and some expensive (200$). And thanks to its price, while reviewing it, it might be the best fishing drone. After all, YouTube is full of videos demonstrating how to use the Mavic Pro as a fishing drone.

The drone has an impressive fly time and a good camera, some prefer it over the Phantom 4 since it is foldable and easier to carry.

Like the DJI Phantom 4 drone, if it will fall into the water and you will be able to get it back, it is important to know that it is not always the end of the drone. There were people who succeeded to fix a drowned Mavic Pro and bring it back to life. You can search for yourself in YouTube for such videos, however, here is an example of it. But don’t take it as a promise, same as some succeeded, many others didn’t.

DJI Mavic Pro – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
21 minutesNoNo7Km4KNoNot Native400 grams65 km/h38 km/h1299$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
90$20$100$120$

All the specifications of the DJI Mavic Pro drone can be found here.

Full set price of the DJI Mavic Pro is 1499$

Pros

  • Good price for the value.
  • Great DJI features like the Phantom 4 and Inspire.
  • Long fly time.
  • Easy to fly.

Cons

  • Does not float.
  • Cannot carry a significant load with it.

Buy now DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Phantom 3

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The DJI Phantom 3 drone does not have important differences from his older brother the Phantom 4.

Basically, you can read our review for it on the Phantom 4. I know that probably you will ask how can it be that the same review for Phantom 4 will be good for Phantom 3 as well? So, it is very simple. Keep in mind that this is not a general drone review, this is fishing drone review. We review here whatever is relevant for fishing. So, having that said, main features of the Phantom 4 are the same for the Phantom 3. here are the technical specifications of the Phantom 3 drone along with its price.

DJI Phantom 3 – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
23 minutesNoNo5Km4KNoNot Native500 grams56 km/h32 km/h800$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
125$12$100$230$

All the specifications of the Phantom 3 Professional drone can be found here.

Full set price of the DJI Phantom 3 is 1399$

Pros

  • The drone has many great features.
  • Long fly range.
  • Long fly time.
  • Easy to fly.
  • Many accessories are available from other companies.

Cons

  • Was reported that it gets very hot in warm weather conditions.
  • Takes a while to set up
  • Does not float.
  • Not being produced anymore.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium - Fishing Drone
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Autel Robotics X-Star premium drone is defiantly a great competitor of the Phantom 4 drone, and like the Phantom 4, it has a great potential to be one of the best drones for fishing. And in the opinion of many people, it has good reasons to challenge the Phantom 4. There are two main reasons for it, the price of the drone, which is much less than the Phantom 4, and the second reason is the similarity in specifications. So, having that said, and after looking at its retail price, the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is one of my favorite call to be the best fishing drone.

I didn’t find a special payload release device for this drone, however, I believe it won’t be hard to customize something for this drone.

The fly time of the drone is 25 minutes which is very good. A range of 2 kilometers which is more than enough for fishing. 3-axis gimbal along with a camera that shoots in 4K, great features like the return to home or auto-land when the battery reaches 10%. The Autel Robotics X-Star is really a great drone and it is one of our favorites in general.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
25 minutesNoNo2Km4KNoNot Native500 grams56 km/h40 km/h800$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
100$30$100$90$

All the specifications of the Autel Robotics X-Star premium drone can be found here.

Full set price of the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is 1220$ 

Pros

  • The drone has many great features.
  • Long fly range.
  • Long fly time.
  • Easy to fly.
  • Best price compared to all high-quality drones on this list.

Cons

  • Takes a while to set up
  • Does not float.

IDEAFLY Poseidon 480

IDEAFLY Poseidon 480 - Fishing Drone
IDEAFLY Poseidon 480 – Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another drone that in the contest for the best fishing drone is the IDEAFLY Poseidon 480. This is a dedicated fishing drone which was specifically designed for fishing purposes. 

Finally, another drone in this list that can be seriously considered. We looked carefully at this drone.

The IDEAFLY Poseidon 480 has a built-in DJI software, which is very reliable. Also, it has inside a DJI data link, which enables you all the great features of DJI like tap to fly, set waypoints and etc’… Just keep in mind that to use it, you will need to have a tablet for it.

Like the SwellPro Splash Drone 3, it has its own monitor, which means that you don’t need to fly this drone using your phone.

The camera is not WIFI and it is running real 5.8 Ghz video and a better higher frame rate, however, it does not have a gimbal. So, you need to set the camera angle before you fly it.

Regarding its’ payload release device that comes along with it, keep in mind that it is NOT waterproof, so make sure to keep this device away from water, otherwise you can cause an electric circuit in the servo.

Overall, I am happy to see another dedicated fishing drone in this list, however, it is not good enough as the Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition, it lacks many essential features which are essential in fishing.

IDEAFLY Poseidon 480 – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
20 minutesYes (not 100%)No1.5Km700TLVNoNot Native1200 grams66 km/h49 km/h (winner)1199$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
100$30$Free – included185$

Full set price of the IDEAFLY Posidon 480 is 1644$

Pros

  • The drone has designed for fishing.
  • Waterproof (expect it’s payload release device).
  • Has a native payload release device.
  • Use DJI software
  • Doesn’t need a phone to fly.

Cons

  • Not a high-quality camera
  • The camera does not have a gimbal.
  • Short battery time – less than 20 minutes

Buy now IDEAFLY Poseidon 480 Fishing Drone

UpAir One

Upair One Fishing Drone
UpAir One Fishing Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another drone that in the contesting for the best fishing drone is the UpAir One. This is a reliable drone which can fit also for beginners.

The UpAir One is a great drone. Great drone even for beginners. It is easy to fly. A wonderful price tag, no doubt the winner in this price aspect. And it comes with a Sony HD camera.

This drone is almost a clone of the Phantom 4 in its’ look. This made this drone very popular.

However, there are several issues that we found with this drone.

The first serious problem with the UpAir One is the difficulty to get spare parts for it.

Is it good for fishing? Well, its flight time is the lowest among all the drones in this list. Also, it can hold the lowest load. Still, a load of 200 grams can be more than enough for beginners, however, for serious surf fishermen, it is not enough.

Regarding its’ wind resistance, it is also a bit low. According to UPair One’s manual, it instructing: “Please don’t fly the aircraft under harsh weather conditions like strong wind, heavy…”. However, some say that it can hold up to 16 km/h. In my opinion that is not good enough for fishing.

Having that said, I think that the UpAir One can be fantastic for fishing in calm lakes, however, at the beach, I wouldn’t trust it too much.

UpAir One – technical information

Battery LifeWaterproofFloatsFly RangeCameraDesigned for FishingPayload ReleaseMax LoadSpeedWind ResistancePrice
15 minutesNoNo1Km4KNoNot Native200 grams43 km/h16 km/h400$

Extra important accessories

BatteryPropellersPayload ReleaseCarry Bag
67$10$100$50$

Full set price of the UpAir One is 695$ (winner)

Pros

  • Great price tag
  • Easy flying

Cons

  • Spare parts are hard to find
  • It is not waterproof
  • Can’t carry medium baits
  • Short battery time – 15 minutes
  • Can’t hold in string winds.

Before our verdict – What is your best fishing drone so far?

I am sure that while reading this article, you chose your favorite best fishing drone. Which one is it? Let us know in the comments section below.

How did we choose the best fishing drone

There are 3 aspects to choosing the best fishing drone.
The first aspect is how the drone can really help me in fishing. So in other words, the drone needs to carry my bait and drop it wherever I need. The drone can show me live schools of fish for targeting good spots to drop the baits. Also, being able to operate as a fish finder is a great option, even thou I think that it is far from being a real feature that people will use it for.
In this aspect, the payload release and camera quality are being considered.

The second aspect is the security of the drone while using it for fishing. In other words, how safe will be the drone while assisting in fishing. So, waterproof capability, floating above water are the main features that will be considered here.

The third and last aspect is the price. So after looking at the features of each drone, I asked myself, am I willing to spend that amount of money and risking it for fishing? Does it worth it?

All these 3 aspects were carefully considered before choosing the best fishing drone.

Best Fishing Drone – Conclusion

Best fishing drone - SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing
Best fishing drone – SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After reviewing all the drones here, which we must say, they are very popular drones and quite remarkable, we can easily say without any doubt that the Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition is the best fishing drone out there.

There are 4 main reasons why the SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Fishing edition is the best fishing drone in our list of the “Best drone for fishing”:

  1. The Splash Drone 3 is 100% Waterproof. Currently, there is no other serious waterproof drone out there. When there will be, I will add it to my fishing drones review, however, till then, I don’t think that any adventure worth risking 1200$ (and most of the time even more). After all, everyone knows, that sooner or later, your drone will hit the water, and trust me, you don’t want to lose your money for it. No fish worth it.
  2. Native payload release device – The payload release device is native to it, which means you can drop your bait with a click of a button – Easy and Safe.
  3. Capable to carry a load of 1Kg. Remember that the maximum recommended weight for DJI Phantom, is 500 grams, while some others recommend even less than that.
  4. Floats on the water – Even though having a waterproof drone is very important, and might be enough in shallow lakes or rivers, crashing the drone in the sea won’t be pleasing since your drone will sink… in other words, no matter if your drone is waterproof or not, it will be almost impossible for you to find it. However, since the Splash Drone 3 floats, then for sure, finding the drone in case it crashes into the water will be an easy task.

Best fishing drones – 3 Best Drones for fishing

And if I would make this as a contest so here are my 3 best drones for fishing that I chose from this entire list:

Best three drones for fishing

Best three drones for Fishing

In the first place, as mentioned before, for the best fishing drone, we have the SwellPro Splash Drone 3. No need to explain more. For the second place of the best fishing drone, we have the IDEAFLY Poseidon 480. The reason for choosing is since the drone is waterproof (not 100% – but it’s better than the rest of the non-native fishing drones within this list), and finally it has a native payload release device that is being controlled from your remote control.

So the first and the second places were easy to decide, however, the third place for the best fishing drone was a tough call. In the end, we chose the Autel Robotics X-Star premium due to its price and features. Most of the drones here have great features, which are enough for fishing, and even beyond fishing. While the UpAir One has a great price tag but not enough strength to operate as a fishing drone. I have to say that of the UpAir was a bit stronger it could be at the third place for the best fishing drone on our list of “Best drones for fishing”.

So, no need to go for an expensive drone which offers features that are irrelevant for a fishing drone. The Autel Robotics X-Star is a great fishing drone that will fit all pilots, even for beginners.

Last, in case you already have a DJI drone, we have a specific article about how to drone fishing with DJI drones, so make sure to read it as well.

Before ending up this post…

Moreover, while writing this post, I was looking again over the AguaDrone. I must say that it doesn’t look impressive, strong and firm enough like the Splash Drone 3, however, I might be completely wrong about it. I will review it once it will come out to the market, and I will share with you everything about it.

Hope you enjoyed reading this review. Let me know what you think about this best drones for fishing post in the comments section below.

Do you think that we should have reviewed another drone which is not on this list? Leave me a comment and let me know your thought.

 

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