Most people probably come to know the idea of drone fishing by watching this video on Youtube in April this year.
In the video, Jaden and his friends used DJI Phantom 3 to deliver a line from the beach and drop bait remotely in the sea. After a while, they caught a 20kg longtail tuna. Since then, drone fishing went wild around the world for high efficiency, extended range and low cost. But are they the first one who came up with drone fishing? Not really!
Back to history, Digital Fishing in New Zealand had already started to use Splash drone as a fishing tool in August 2015 when drones were then still new to the masses. Chech out their beautiful footage of fishing in NZ West Coast.
So how does drone fishing actually work? Here are the most common methods:
1.Tie a release clip to the landing gears and attach your fishing line to the clip.
2.Fly the drone with the line out to sea and find fish on the surface with camera video.
3.Tension the line and drop the bait by locking the reels, or just let fish grab the lure to take off the line.
4.Fly back your drone and reel the fish to shore with a fishing rod.
Drone Fishing HQ has a full step-by-step guide to catch fish with a drone. However, this is not the main proposal of this article. As a well-known fact, most camera drones are not built for fishing. It appears that most fishermen choose DJI phantom as bait carrier, However the drone sometimes may go wrong like the video below:
There are some problems that might occur when you use a normal consumer drone for fishing:
1.Heavy fish pulls the drone into the water if the release rig is not well set up, or just loose the line too early.
2.The radio communication is lost, drone crashes into the water.
3.The battery is drained, drone lands on water automatically.
4.New pilots try to land their drone on a small boat but fail.
5.Strong wind on the sea makes your drone lose balance.
Once your drone goes into the water, he is definitely dead, well, except Splash drone.
Splash drone is fully waterproof that can take off and land on water. The fisherman version comes with an electric payload release device which is crafted for line delivery. Bait can be released by radio controller whenever and wherever you want. In addition, a waterproof camera is fixed on the device, makes fish nowhere to hide even underwater.
One of Splash drone’s pilot in Taiwan presents a fully safe guide of drone fishing:
Another advantage of Splash drone is that it can float on the surface and drag fish out without the effort of pulling fishing rod. Just full throttle up and let the drone bring you the dinner. See how William Barbarick uses Splash drone to crazily lift up fish from the lake without giving it a chance to fight.
However, this cannot be successful at all times as the max payload of Splash drone is 1kg. Sometimes, the power of fish swimming in water can be more than its weight. Whatever, Splash drone is always safe on the water. If you want to catch a monster like a longtail tuna, you still need a conventional fishing rod at the end.
If you have better suggestions of drone fishing, welcome to leave your comments!