The Best Drone Fishing Guide - Phantom-Mavic

Last updated: February 17, 2020

 

This guide provides you with quick and useful information to start drone fishing now with your DJI drone! These tested and proven drone fishing methods benefit beginners, avid or expert anglers.

 

Who wants to read long and boring guides instead of going drone fishing now? So let’s start with drone fishing at a glance:

 

1.    Is drone fishing real or just a myth?

Looking for the big fish? Drone fishing is the latest innovation and new exciting way to go deep sea fishing with or without a boat. Use the drone to cast your fishing line up to 1 Kilometer away from a beach, dock or boat. Anglers around the world use drone fishing to catch many types of fish. Done fishing took the fishing world by storm.

 

2.    Which DJI drone you have (or ready to buy)?

The most popular DJI drones for drone fishing are: Mavic Pro, Mavic 2, Phantom 4 and Phantom 3. Mavic Air can be used but is has low weight payload lifting capability. Read more below.

 

3.    What can you fish with my DJI drone?

Red Snapper, Tuna, Giant Trevally (GT), Groper, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish, dorado), Spanish Mackerel, Bass, Blue or Black Marlin, Sailfish, Barracuda, Sharks and others.

 

4.    How to make your DJI drone a fishing drone?

Attached a Release & Drop Device to your drone for bait casting, bait release or bait dropping. Read more below.

 

5.    How to drone fishing?

Use fishing rod or fishing reel. Connect your fishing line with its lure/bait to the Release & Drop device on your DJI drone. Fly the drone from the beach, dock or boat into the ocean/lake/river and then drop the fishing line with its lure/bait into the water. It is that simple! Read more below.

 

6.    What will be my price?

About $500 to $1,200 for the DJI drone and $199 to $349 for Drone Sky Hook Release & Drop Device. Do not buy used, untested drone that might have a hidden problem. Do not buy other cheap Release & Drop Device that might not release the fishing line and cause your drone to crash into the water. Once the drone hits the water it becomes a brick (dead)! Read more below.

 

7.    Will I have fun going drone fishing?

If you like fishing and technology then without a doubt it is the best way to go angling/fishing. See more below.

 

Are you ready now to explore drone fishing? Let’s continue...

 

Drone Fishing with Drone Sky Hook and DJI Mavic in Australia

Drone Fishing with DJI Phantom 4, Phanto
 

DJI Drones

 

  • DJI is by far the leader in the drone market worldwide with an estimated market share of 70%.

  • DJI has very sophisticated and reliable drones with long range and many safety features like Auto Return Home. They can be flown by a novice operator.

  • Models: DJI Mavic Pro [all models], Mavic 2 [all models], Phantom 4 [all models] and Phantom 3 [all models] and Mavic Air. Mavic 2, Mavic Pro and Mavic Air are more compact drones for transportation.

  • Maximum recommended payload lifting capability (in calm air and without wind):

Phantom 4: 1.8 pounds (0.85 Kg) or less

Phantom 3: 2.2 pounds (1 Kg) or less

Mavic 2: 1.75 pounds (0.8 Kg) or less

Mavic Pro: 1.5 pounds (0.7 Kg) or less

Mavic Air: 0.6 pounds (0.27 Kg) or less

Fly safe and maintain full control of the drone. Carrying heavy payload will drain the drone’s battery faster.

  • Have the latest software/firmware updates installed on your drone, remote controller and battery. Keep your DJI App up to date.

 

Important note:

Decrease the maximum payload weight during windy conditions and do not fly in very strong winds. For your safety and safety of others, always fly safe and away from people or objects. Follow and observe all laws, rules and regulations in your Country, State, Local County and Municipalities.

Phantom 4 with Drone Sky Hook Arrow Rele

Drone Sky Hook

Release & Drop Device

 

  • Attach the Drone Sky Hook Release & Drop device to the DJI Drone in seconds without using tools.

  • It has fast, solid positive lock to the drone and will not slide out of position. No rubber bands required to secure device to drone! No modification of any kind to the drone is required!

  • Small size, light weight, self-contained smart device allows your drone to lift maximum weight bait and fishing line the drone can safely carry.

  • Your fishing line with its lure/bait is hanging down from the Release & Drop device that drops it into the water upon your command (bait casting or bait release or bait dropper).

 
  • Three electronic remote and simultaneous Bait Release & Drop methods (no yanking, pulling or jerking the fishing line to release it from the drone): 

  1. C1 or C2 button on the DJI drone remote controller

  2. Simple drone rotation (operates without linkage to the drone’s front light)

  3. Manual control

  • Sophisticated and very easy to operate. It has the easiest and fastest one-hand bait hookup to the drone.

  • Unlimited operation range - as far as your drone can safely fly.

  • Use the Fail-Safe Drop Cord that can save your drone from crashing into the water. It automatically disconnects the fishing line from your drone when the fishing line gets tangled in the reel or caught in seaweeds, rocks, seagulls, birds or other object in the water.

 

Important note:

Do not use the available downrigger release clip, self-disconnect fishing clips or other release mechanism for fishing as they might not release the fishing line from the drone (or release it prematurely), causing your drone to crash or sink into the water and becoming a brick (dead). Your drone is not a fishing kite!

Drone Fishing Technique

 

  • Fully charge the drone battery(s), remote controller, viewing screen device (smart phone, iPad or tablet) and DSH Release & Drop device.

  • At the fishing area setup your DJI drone and turn it ON (do not activate the propellers yet), turn ON the DSH Release & Drop device and hook the Fail-Safe Drop cord ring on the drop wheel of the Release & Drop device. Follow DSH videos.

  • Connect your fishing line to the snap on the other end of the Fail-Safe Drop cord. It should be connected to the fishing line at the connection point of the Sinker (weight) and the 1 to 3 feet Leader line with the Fishing Hook to the fishing line. See pictures below for Rig Setup.

Drone fishing with Drone Sky Hook caught
 
  • Before you take off verify that the drone, Fail-Safe Drop cord, fishing line and bait/lure neatly lay flat and are not tangled with any object.

  • Unlock the reel on your fishing rod and apply gentle pressure with your finger on the fishing line at the reel to prevent it from unspooling too fast and getting tangled on the reel.

  • Activate the drone’s propellers and slowly take off away from people and objects. Carefully and safely fly away towards the drop zone, allowing your drone to pull the fishing line from the reel with minimal resistance.

  • Point the drone’s camera downward and search the water for the fish on the real-time video that the drone’s camera sends back to your drone’s remote controller display.

  • With a push on the C1/C2 button on the drone’s remote controller (or by simply rotating the drone), release and drop or drag the fishing line with its lure/bait right at the spot that you see the fish (bait casting/bait release/bait dropper). It's that easy and you are in total control.

  • Fly the drone back manually or use the Return To Home (RTH) button on the remote controller to automatically return to your takeoff position on the beach or dock. Do not use the Return To Home (RTH) button on the remote controller if you fly back to a boat as the boat location continuously changes.

 

Important note:

Fly safe and maintain full control of the drone. Carrying heavy payload will drain the drone’s battery faster. Decrease the maximum payload weight during windy conditions and do not fly in very strong winds. For your safety and safety of others, always fly safe and away from people or objects. Follow and observe all laws, rules and regulations in your Country, State, Local County and Municipalities.

Drone fishing with Drone Sky Hook caught

Price and What to Buy

 

  • DJI Drone: about $500 to $1,200.

  • Release & Drop Device: $199 for Drone Sky Hook Daylight System or $349 for Drone Sky Hook Daylight & Low-Light System.

  • Do not buy cheap, ineffective and dangerous Release & Drop device that can cause your drone to crash into the water and become a total loss!

  • Purchase DJI drone directly from DJI (see table below) or DJI dealers, stores and online.

  • Drone Sky Hook has many Drone Fishing Systems that include the Release & Drop device. Choose the one that fits your drone and buy it directly from Drone Sky Hook (DSH) or DSH dealers, stores and online. See table below.

 

Recommended Drone Fishing Systems

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Exciting Drone Fishing

 

  • Drone fishing is the latest innovation in fishing. Take your fishing experience to the next level!

  • Forget about the limited application of the “in the water” fish finder, Kite fishing, Balloon fishing, Rigging, Trawling and other angling methods. Go with “above the water” drone fish finder where you can actually see the fish in the water!

  • Drone fishing is not cheap but going for the big fish is not cheap either. The excitement of drone fishing is worth every penny you invest in it.

  • Practice on dry land and in an open area before you fly over water. Fly low and slow and get use to flying the drone with your fishing line attached. Try the Searchlight at night. Practice will make your drone fishing experience much better,

 

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Start drone fishing now with your DJI drone and this guide that includes quick and useful information about tested and proven drone fishing techniques.

 

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