The must know drone fishing tips- A Beginners Guide

So you’ve decided to try your hand at drone fishing? That is a wise decision.

Drone fishing is sweeping the country, and many people are feeling compelled to participate. 

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What is drone fishing? 

Drone fishing is a thrilling new fishing method for anglers who prefer to fish from the shore.
The increased casting distance provided by a drone will result in better catches, more strikes, and less wasted time and bait.

Imagine casting your bait hundreds of meters out from the beach and dropping it right over a fishing hole. You can cast larger baits, present your bait more effectively, and use less sinker weight. This could never be accomplished with a surfcasting outfit.

More strikes and larger fish will result from a more natural presentation of your bait – right in the target zone.

The must-know drone fishing tips

A Beginners Guide to Drone FISHING

Is it Legal to do Drone fishing in the USA?

In the United States, drone fishing is not explicitly prohibited by federal law. However, there are several factors to consider before engaging in this activity:

  1. State and local regulations: Some states and local jurisdictions may have specific laws or regulations that restrict or prohibit the use of drones for fishing or hunting. It is essential to research and complies with these rules to avoid legal issues.
  2. Environmental concerns: Drone fishing can potentially harm aquatic wildlife or disrupt ecosystems. It is crucial to ensure that this activity is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner to avoid negative impacts on aquatic environments.
  3. FAA regulations: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the use of drones in national airspace. While there are no specific rules regarding drone fishing, drone pilots must follow general safety guidelines, such as maintaining a safe distance from people and property, flying below 400 feet, and avoiding restricted airspace.

Generally, while drone fishing is not explicitly illegal in the United States, it is essential to research and complies with all applicable regulations and guidelines.

Engaging in this activity responsibly can help protect the environment and avoid legal issues.

 Is it Legal to do Drone fishing in Australia? 

According to Avlaw, an aviation law consulting firm, using a drone for fishing is legal in Australia. According to their website, they are:

“Once again, there is no general prohibition (or even really any regulations) on using drones for fishing.”

Avlaw went on to say that there is even an Australian company that specializes in drone fishing, selling the latest equipment as well as providing tips for safe and effective drone fishing.

What are the downsides of drone fishing?

Nonetheless, let us consider a few disadvantages of drone fishing.

  • The very first disadvantage would be the requirement to purchase an expensive drone. A low-cost drone will lack the GPS functions, lifting capacity, and control range required for drone fishing
  • Another disadvantage is the very real possibility of losing the expensive drone due to unforeseen line tangles, technical failures, or piloting errors. Investing in a waterproof drone designed specifically for fishing could help to mitigate this risk. Even if it’s waterproof and floats, crashing it 500 meters offshore means you’ll probably never see it again
  • Another disadvantage is that you may not be permitted to fly a drone wherever and whenever you want. People get upset with drones as they fly over their heads. Drones, busy beaches, and weekends don’t fit very well.

The Pros and Cons of Using Drones for Fishing

By enabling anglers to access fishing places that were previously inaccessible or difficult to reach, drones have transformed the way people fish.

While drone fishing provides some benefits, there are a number of drawbacks to taking it into account. The benefits and drawbacks of drone use for fishing are as follows:


  • Anglers can use drones to reach isolated or difficult-to-reach fishing locations, including those that are offshore or have difficult terrain.
  • Increased precision: Drones can provide fishermen with a bird’s eye perspective of the sea, making it easier and more accurate to spot fish.
  • Drones can help fishermen discover fish more rapidly by covering more land quickly, which saves both time and effort.
  • Cost-effective: Drones are a more economical alternative to conventional fishing boats, opening up fishing to a wider spectrum of anglers.
  • Versatility: Drones can be utilized for a variety of fishing techniques, including surf, ice, and kayak fishing.


  • Short battery life: The fishing range of drones is constrained by their low battery life and limited flight time.
  • Weather: Drones are affected by weather, such as strong winds or rain, which makes fishing challenging or impossible.
  • Impact on the environment: Drones may harm the ecosystem by frightening fish away or upsetting wildlife.
  • Safety concerns: If not used properly, drones can endanger the lives of other boaters, swimmers, and fishermen.
  • Legal issues: Anglers must abide by local rules and regulations, and drone fishing may not be permitted in some regions or states.

Finally, there are advantages and disadvantages of employing drones for fishing. Anglers can access difficult-to-reach fishing places and increase their accuracy, but there are drawbacks, including short battery life, environmental effect, safety issues, and legal issues.

When choosing to use drones for fishing, anglers must balance the benefits and drawbacks.

What’s needed for drone fishing?

1. Fishing Drone

Obviously, the first and foremost thing you need is a  Robust drone. Not Just a drone, but an appropriate drone for fishing.

As a matter of fact, very few appropriate drones are available in the market. They all have a relatively high price tag in common.

The Drones that can be perfect for Drone fishing:

  • The most costly drones, like the Swellopro Fishing drone, are specifically made for fishing. The drone is water-resistant and has a release mechanism designed to drop the apples
  • If these specialty fishing drones look a little too costly, a DJI Phantom would be the next best choice. The phantoms are not waterproof but have otherwise a very good lifting capacity and a control range of over 1km.

The advantage here is that there are many used ones around and you could pick up a slightly older second-hand model for far less money. The Phantom drones have no built-in release mechanism, unfortunately.

You can buy them aftermarket, or build them yourself – if you are technically good.I have not tried doing it myself though.

Other drones can be used for fishing on the market. However, I think the above two choices are the best.

And it doesn’t matter which drone you get. At the very least, you’ll need one or two spare batteries.

Drones don’t last long in the air. The DJI Phantom can fly for approximately 20 minutes on a single charge. It’s enough for three or four longer casts. You’ll get 6-8 casts from two batteries.

2. Suitable Rod and Reel.

You can probably use this if you already have a surfcasting outfit. The most important consideration is that the bucket has to be very large. I believe you need a line of at least 500 meters.

It’ll hold more lines than mono if it’s spoiled up with the braided line.

Fishing on a long distance with the braided line is also more fun, as you can feel each bite without stretching.

I wouldn’t use a monoline for drone fishing for that reason.

Thus, preferably with a free-spool function like a shiman bait runner, with a spoiled 30-50 lbs of braided line, I would suggest a large casting surf.

Or better, a large overhead bag with 30-50 lbs of the braided line (shimano tld25).

The chances of line encounters and drone collapse with an overhead reel are significantly reduced. There is a lot to be done with the bigger rolls. Ensure that a roller can hold a braided line of at least 500 meters.

The downside of an overhead reel is that for old-fashioned casting it’s not good.

So if you’re looking for a multi-purpose reel, a surfcasting spool is a bit more versatile and can also be used to fish for beach, rock, boat, etc.

3. Rod holder or beach spike.

You don’t have a free hand to hold your rod when you are ready to fly off your bait.
Make sure either you have a keen assistant or maybe a holder – a little bit more reliable.

It is best to keep rigging simple to get things started.

The simple two-hook dropper device is just right for you. Add it with uni to a uni knot directly to the braided line. Use a medium to light sinker for weight and place some delicious bait on the hooks. Just like you do when you surfcast. 

Now you have the rod in the holder of your rod, you have your rod ready and all the hooks baited.

 It’s really better to turn it on while baiting the hooks already.

It takes a while for the engines to warm up before flying.

4. Ready for the drone to start.

When the drones are ready to start, fly them to the water’s edge. Grab your hooks baited. Make your bucket in a free spool or at least drag and walk to the drone with the hooks. Check the drone height on your other hand with your controller.

Try to fly the drone high enough to just attach your bait with extended arms.

I simply attach a small piece of bend wire to the sinker. The curved end of the wire only hangs over the release mechanism’s bolt.

I’ll fly up the drone and make certain that it pulls the line as soon as I put the wire onto the release mechanism.

I go back to my rod so that I can keep eye on the roll if everything looks good.
Then I fly to wherever I want to drop the bait at about half speed. Offshore usually about 300 meters

5. Landing the Drone

I’ll manually land the drone and turn it off once it’s back overhead. Then it’s back to the rod for more bites.

Once you’ve hooked up, you’ll need to reel in over 300 meters of line. It takes some time, but it’s totally worth it when you get a good fish on the other end.

How to do drone fishing

Drone fishing involves utilizing a drone to transport a baited line or lure to a target fishing location that may be difficult or impossible to access using conventional fishing techniques. Below are the fundamental actions in drone fishing:

  • Choose the correct drone: You want a drone with a strong frame and a strong motor that can carry a fishing line. While some drones can be modified to carry fishing equipment, some are made particularly for use while fishing.
  • Fishing equipment must be attached to your drone, including a fishing line, reel, bait, and lure. Once you have arrived at the fishing location of your choice, you can utilize a release mechanism to drop the bait or lure.
  • Fly the drone: Navigate your drone to the fishing location of your choice while monitoring the battery level and the weather. Release the fishing equipment once you’ve arrived, then wait for a bite.
  • Use the drone to reel in the catch after getting a bite, being careful not to overload it or harm the fishing equipment.
  • Use safety and responsibility: When using your drone, abide by all FAA rules and safety precautions, and be aware of nearby wildlife, boaters, and anglers.
  • To avoid legal problems, it is crucial to learn about and abide by all applicable laws and regulations involving drone fishing. To prevent damaging effects on the ecosystem, it is also essential to use ethical and sustainable fishing methods.

Wrapping up

I hope this introduction to drone fishing has given you a better understanding of how it can be done.

When you first start out with drone fishing, there is a lot going on. Flying the drone and tending to the hooks and line may not appear to be difficult, but it can be quite difficult on the first few tries.

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