🎣 The New Rage - Fishing By Drone

Why and how fisherman are using drones to catch trophy fish

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You’re on the beach and you hear something buzzing above. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No my friend, it’s a drone.

Drones are gaining in popularity among fisherman worldwide. They offer two key advantages:

  1. Scouting from above to identify cruising big game fish, bait, and other fishing structures

  2. Deploying bait directly into the water lengthy distances from the drone operator

Fisherman in coastal areas especially have had crazy success with drone-assisted rigs. Here’s the low down on how you can incorporate this new tactic into your arsenal:

Scouting from Above:

  • Drones provide a top-down view, aiding in locating fish and understanding underwater terrain.

  • Use the drone's camera to spot fish clusters and observe shoreline features, weed lines, and color changes.

Deploying Bait:

  • Rig the drone with a bait line to drop bait far beyond casting range, targeting larger predator fish.

  • Specialized gannet release systems allow precise bait deployment.

  • Employ a drop loop system to keep bait away from propellers and ensure balance.

Additional Tips:

  • Carry spare batteries for extended flight time.

  • Maintain a safe altitude to avoid disturbing fish and wildlife.

  • Utilize the drone for initial reconnaissance and position adjustments.

  • Avoid relying solely on the drone to find fish; combine it with traditional methods such as fish finders.

  • Make sure you avoid using the Return to Home feature when scouting from a drifting boat.

  • Practice mid-air drone retrieval to avoid landing difficulties.

While there’s a part of me that thinks it ridiculous that drones are being used for big game fishing, I also see huge opportunity for shore fisherman that don’t have access to boats, kayaks, or float tubes.

Just make sure your batteries are charged or that could be a quick $1k down the drain.

Upwards and onwards…


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  • These guys somehow managed to catch a tune from shore via a drone rig.

  • Is this video of The Rock catching a fish real? Some suspect he’s acting even on his days off.


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“A bear reeling in a salmon while smoking a cigar.”

“Launching a drone fishing rig from a beach in Florida.”

“A grouper swallowing a bait fish 100 feet underwater.”


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