Fishing using drones opens up a plenitude of fishing opportunities. And now, this innovative technology via fishing drones is reasonably priced. Anglers could never imagine the possibilities until quality, water-resistant, new splash drone fishing became available at an affordable cost.
Fishermen can now easily engage in fishing from the beach. They can fish at spots that were inaccessible in the past and still remain protected from the rocks.
Drone fishing is the cutting-edge for all kinds of anglers – land or boat-based. It is a stellar way to make the centuries-old yet dynamic art of fishing more fun.
However, you need to make sure your drone does not run out of batteries. You don’t want to have to swim out to get your drone because if fell into the water. A good idea would be to choose a drone that is designed to return to the take-off point when the battery becomes low.
Assisted Fishing with Fishing Drones
While some fishing enthusiasts do not appreciate the idea of fishing using drones – also dubbed “assisted fishing” – the concept has been around for centuries. You can find some interesting forms of assisted fishing on the west coast of New Zealand. The anglers there often make use of a kite to extend their line across the water.
Critics of drone fishing should recognize that assisted fishing is nothing new. If you ask us, there is nothing unfair about it. People fish with nets, right?
Fishing with drones is here to stay, so don’t be alarmed if you see this with your own eyes.
Fishing drones that are equipped with cameras can transmit live videos, making your fishing experience a lot more fun. Yes, now you can capture the experience on your mobile device.
Here is a brief list of things you can use your fishing drone for:
Land-Based Drone Fishing
1. Land your hook, line, and bait at your preferred location.
2. Explore an area to detect the presence of fish.
3. Detect the location of rocks or underwater features that may affect fishing, or boating!
4. Document your fishing abilities.
5. Understand the behavior of a specific fish species better.
6. Drop off the burly or chum exactly where your line is placed.
Here’s some great footage with a man fly fishing with a drone for the first time.
Boat-Based Drone Fishing
1. Drop the hook, line, and bait precisely at your target location.
2. Focus on areas where fish are abundant.
3. Avoid rocks or other underwater hurdles.
4. Document your catch in the course of a tournament or any time you are fishing.
5. Locate fish using the drone’s camera and other technology.
6. Drop off the burly or chum right where your line is placed.
7. Provide live bait to locations behind your boat without damage to the lines.
This video shows you how to safely fly drones from a boat.
How to Buy Fishing Drone Accessories and the Drone Itself
The first vital step in your new drone fishing adventure is to purchase the right drone. The following checklist is not in any particular order of importance but are key aspects to consider when you set out to purchase your drone fishing supplies.
• Convenient flying controls
• What about add-ons and another battery?
• Is the drone water-resistant with a 360-degree camera?
• Can the drone withstand severe winds?
• Weight of the battery pack, and battery life
• Weight-carrying ability of the drone for live bait, burly, chum, or lure
• Release capabilities for dropping the rigs and the line
• Precision of the honing device (should be up to 2 meters)
• Resolution of the drone camera
Once you have identified the best possible drone for your needs, educate yourself on its features and learn how to fly it. At the outset, you would be better off starting from the shore. Landing a drone on a boat requires more practice. Review the weather forecast to ensure that it will not be that windy. Ensure that you have a clear and safe landing location identified whenever you are operating a drone or are considering doing so.
Before you go ahead with purchasing a drone, you also need to be aware of the relevant FAA rules and regulations. As of the 31st of December 2015, under FAA rules, drones ranging in weight from 0.55 to 55 pounds must be registered online with the FAA. The registration cost is just $5, whereas the failure to register can lead to civil penalties of up to $27,500.
Rules to Follow
• Ensure your drone is visible at all times.
• Do not fly your drone in the vicinity of trees or buildings.
• Stay at a minimum distance of 25 feet from vehicles, swimmers, or other fishing boats.
• Do not record videos of places or people when you do not have permission to do so.
• Do not fly a drone in a 5-mile radius of an airport unless you contact the control tower beforehand to update them on your activities.
So, with all the requirements in place, go ahead and indulge in some adventurous drone fishing!