If you have a passion for flying drones and you also have a passion for fishing , you may have thought one day that it would be nice to combine the two passions into one. In this guide, we will see what we can do to bring these two passions together; sport and tech in one hobby, a guide for beginners who want to learn a whole new hobby: fishing with their own drone!
Fishing with a drone is a new hobby, in this guide, I can only give you some useful tips to fish safely with your drone. For the rest, it is up to you to find the best fishing systems with your drone dictated by common sense.
The accessories for the drone
You will need to locate an attachment point on your drone, preferably in the middle, to avoid problems with weight distribution. The best attachment points can be on the landing gear. However, do not think about attaching anything to the camera as the load could cause damage to it. The simplest method is to tie a piece of fishing line from one corner of the landing gear to the other.
It is up to you to find the best solution to secure the line with a nice knot done right. The next accessory you need is a release mechanism. Attach a release clip, also known as “ downrigger“, Which in Italian means“ sinker ”. This release mechanism allows you to drop your lure in the water at the time and place you prefer.
Some drones can be used for fishing, such as professional DJI Phantom. You simply have to attach your line to the release mechanism and tie everything to the landing gear. It is essential to remember that almost all drones can be used to carry and release a fishing line, if properly equipped. But remember that a drone has its limits. Keep in mind that you have a maximum speed, a maximum altitude, flight time and a load limit. A professional drone is ideal as it is better to have self-stabilization due to the wind. Fishing with a drone is completely different from reel fishing, and there are things to keep in mind when fishing with a drone that wouldn’t be a problem when fishing the “old way”.
Drone fishing is a relatively new concept, don’t be surprised if a lot of people are in the area while you’re fishing. Sudden gusts of wind can affect your drone during take off. Make sure you are comfortable flying your drone before trying to fish. Before using your drone for fishing it is important to know how far your drone can go and remain controllable.
You should also conduct test flights with fishing accessories attached as these accessories may reduce altitude, payload and flight time limits. It is also imperative to make sure it is legal to fish in your area with the help of a drone. Make sure your drone has a fully charged battery and all parts are in good condition before you start fishing.
A drone that stops operating on dry land may simply fall to the ground, but if it falls into the water, it could be lost forever or it could be severely damaged, even if it is a waterproof drone. Therefore, it is advisable to fish only with professional drones piloted by experts.
Conclusions on drone fishing
Fishing with a drone is something that most people have never seen before, therefore, we can contribute to the growth of a fun and entirely new sport. If your drone can handle some weight, you may be able to lift the fish out of the water and bring it to you. You certainly cannot expect to fly a 100 kg swordfish. Otherwise, maneuver the drone so that the fish remains in the water by “pulling” it close enough to your boat or shore and then catching it with a net.
Fishing with drones is not a viable hobby for everyone. First you have to learn how to fly a drone very well and then learn how to become a good fisherman which in itself is already quite challenging.
I hope this guide has given you some valuable information on how to become the next drone fisherman and that you will help make this hobby a real sport.