I am sure that you already saw lots of great pictures and videos of people holding huge fish while their drone is positioned next to them. These pictures are real and great, but with all the respect to these pictures, they are hiding from you the truth about drone fishing.
You see, when you read about Drone Fishing, this term has two words. “Drone” and “Fishing”. While you probably wonder to yourself, well, of course, it is built of these words. So what am I trying to say here?
The answer is very simple, the answer is that none of these words are simple in practice. In short, the truth about drone fishing is that the drone is simply not your fish magnet. So what do you need to do in this case? Well, for that, you will need to keep reading this post.
Many times people asked me about drone fishing and expects to get a short answer. So in short I say, you need to have a drone, load it with bait, drop it where the fish are, bring back the drone. Then, when the fish bites the bait and it is hooked, you need to reel the fish in back to the shore. That’s it! That was a short description of what drone fishing is. As much as this is the truth about drone fishing, it is, in some way misleading the person. Why? well, that is because in each part of my answer there are lots of things that you need to know, do, and practice.
The Truth About Drone Fishing
I challenge you going to an experienced angler asking him to teach fishing in 5 minutes. If you will find such an angler do let me know. After all, 5 minutes, its all what it takes for you to read an article about drone fishing. The reason I say it is since people see short drone fishing videos on YouTube and decide to purchase a drone and start drone fishing. I am sure that that was not the case of how you started fishing.
How long will it take you to buy a new fishing rod? Or even a fishing reel… On each and every one of your fishing tackle, you read reviews, watch videos, ask friends and so on. The same goes for drone fishing. Don’t get blinded from those videos and go spend right away 2,000$ on a drone.
I, since I love fishing so much and I also love drones – I decided to combine these two long time ago. When I first started, it was hard, and to be honest, it was very hard. You expect from your drone, in some way, to catch fish for you. Of course, the drone cannot physically catch the fish for you. But still, you think that by dropping the bait far away, that will be an assurance for it. But in reality, it is not like that. And to be precise, it is far away from being like that.
Drone Fishing = Drone + Fishing
So as I said, in order to succeed in drone fishing, you need to practice two things: Drones and Fishing.
Mastering only drones won’t help you in fishing. And mastering fishing only, won’t guarantee the safety for your drone (or in the worse case your surrounding). That is simply the truth about drone fishing. You must practice both. Once you practice them both, it will be easy for you to combine them.
Having that said, rest assured that when you see a picture of a great fish, and the drone next to it, all the applause should go only to the angler. Not to the drone.
The Truth About Drone Fishing – The Risks, Efforts, and Success
Okay, so let’s get everything in its place… Drone fishing will help you catch huge fish, like sharks, tuna, barracuda, Snapper, and others. This is since bigger fish are located far from the shoreline. And the drone, since it is capable to take your bait to those far spots fast and easy, will be the best solution for you. It will be easier than kite fishing, and better than using a bait launcher. Also, in case you go fishing with 3 rods, one battery should be enough to drop 3 baits for you. Sometimes even more.
But keep in mind, sadly the sea is full of crashed drones. But, as much as the drone increases the risks of losing your money (some drones are expensive). Having that said, the drone increases your chances of landing those huge fish you always dreamed of.
So let’s put it this way, the drone increases the chances of catching the fish. The drone also makes it easy for you to cast your bait in the right spot. And lastly, the drone can record your catch – which will allow you to see, share and also show off what you caught on the beach.
Here is a chart showing you how much risk you need to put on the line when using a drone for fishing.
And here, you can see how much your chances grow when using a drone compared to not using one.
So, does it worth it? Well, only you will have to answer this question. But before you answer, I want you to think about something. First, ask your self, how much money are you spending on fishing? How often do you buy a new rod or reel? How often do you buy a new fishing line or lure? And what about your car? How much do you spend on your car fuel when going fishing? How much are you spending on fishing every month?
Now, let’s say you bought a used Phantom 3 to use it for fishing. This drone can probably cost you around 300$. So, if you will lose the drone after 1 year of using it… that is an average of 25$ per month. So now, the chances are that you probably spend a lot more money on fishing regardless of your drone. Right?
So I will ask it again, does it worth it? I do want to know your answer. Tell me in the comments section below what do you think about it.
The Truth About Drone Fishing – The Advantages
If you are still not sure if you need a drone for your fishing or not, have a look in our list that we made of the advantages in drone fishing. I am sure this will help you understand a lot more about drone fishing.
The Truth About Drone Fishing – Mastering Fishing
I won’t write too many things in here, as this post is not intended to teach you about surf fishing. But this part is very important in the explanation about the truth about drone fishing. Since the use of the drone is the easy part of the fishing I just want you to know that your fishing tackle is super important here. Starting from your hook to the leader, mainline, reel, rod and finally you. Having all the right equipment but not knowing how to handle a big fish will lead to a runaway. Make sure you know how to operate everything properly. During all this process the drone won’t have any effect on your success.
And in order to show you a real fishing expert, watch the following YouTube video. I doubt how many anglers could win the fish at the end of this fight. And that is what I call a real expert.
The Truth About Drone Fishing – Mastering Drones
With all the things I just said about drone fishing, and how much the drone is basically the easiest part of drone fishing. Still, it is important for you to choose the right drone and the right accessories for it. Of course, you also need to be a good drone pilot. So, in case you are a beginner, you need to practice before going fishing with it. Feel free to read our drone fishing tutorial in case you are just starting.
In addition, you must be aware of the risks, the rules, and a license (like some countries require).
Still, as I am an angler and also a drone pilot, each drone is different from the other. While some drones are easy to fly, some are difficult. And some of the drones I promise you I will never use. Some drones can carry baits, while some can’t. Also, there are drones which are waterproof and some aren’t. Some drones can carry 2Kg of baits while some can carry only 200 grams. Some drones can drop your bait with a click of a button, and some will require you to drop it using specific flying maneuvers. In the end, it is only a matter of money. Expensive means easy. And keep in mind that crashing a drone will ruin your whole fishing adventure. So you want to keep the drone part as simple as possible.
The Truth About Drone Fishing – Which Drone To Choose
As much as this part is super important. I have a list of the best drones for fishing. There you can see each drone that I know, what are its pros and cons. You can see it’s capabilities, specifications and last its price. In short, I can say that if you tight on your budget, get yourself a used Phantom 3. However, a good fishing drone will cost you around 2,000$.
As time goes by, more dedicated fishing drones are coming out. One of the most popular among them is the SplashDrone 3+ by SwellPro. You also have the Matrix by Cuta Copter, and soon the Mobula by Ripton which is about to be released in a few months. SplashDrone 3+ is my go-to drone. It is waterproof, it floats over water, has native bait dropping device with a camera. And it also has a night vision camera, especially for night fishing. You can record the video, so you can even use the drone for filming. And what is also best, is its price. SplashDrone 3+ is not the most expensive solution for you.
In case you are not interested in a dedicated fishing drone, you have the Phantom 4 Pro by DJI which is a great drone. Just keep in mind that it is discontinued by DJI. Phantom 4 has a great community and a long list of accessories which you can find for fishing. Great accessories like the Sky Rigger, Sky Clip, PGYTECH and more.
How Much To Spend On Drone
Drones are no different. Before you decide to buy a drone, you need to decide on your budget. The budget should not be spent totally on the drone. You need to split the budget, so you will have money to buy also a bait dropping device. And I suggest you purchase extra batteries and extra propellers. Propellers are not a big deal and are not expensive. However, batteries can be a bit pricy. I would say that if you are serious about drone fishing, you will have to keep a budget of around 1,800$ so you will come ready to the battle. 1200-1300$ for a drone, 200-300$ for a good bait dropping device. 2 extra batteries will cost you another 200$. That should give you everything you need to properly start your journey.
The truth about drone fishing is that it is not as simple as it looks like. It does not have shortcuts, but it will be very rewarding once you get the hang of it. Despite the fact that drones are being used in fishing for a couple of years, still, I expect to see great improvements in this market in the following years. I also wonder whether DJI will ever make a fishing drone. One thing for sure, their Phantom series is discontinued – which is bad news for many people.
So what about you? Do you have a drone which you plan using it for fishing? Or, are you planning on purchasing one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. And I promise to help you out in any question or doubt.
Till the next time, tight lines and fly safely.