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Best Fishing Drones – The Future Of Casting

Best Fishing Drones

Take the chore out of casting. Use the best fishing drones to delivery your cast far beyond the waves, hook line and sinker.

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Best Fishing Drones - (Comparison Table)

Best Overall
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Yuneec Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology - 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone, Carbon Fiber (YUNTYHBRUS)
3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)
Swellpro Waterproof Splash Drone 3 Auto with 4K HD Camera Live Video and GPS
Best Budget
UPAIR One Drone 2.7K with 7 inch Screen, Quadcopter Drone with Camera, 5.8G FPV Monitor Transmit Live Video, Altitude Hold/Headless Mode/GPS Position Hold/One Key Return, Drone for Beginners
Brand & Model
The Phantom 4 Pro
Yuneec Typhoon H
3DR Solo
Splash Drone 3
UPair One
Range
7 km (4.34 miles)
7 km (4.34 miles)
7 km (4.34 miles)
1 km (0.62 miles)
1 km (4.34 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
30 mins
30 mins
25 min
20 min
18 mins
Payload Capacity:
500g (17.6 oz)
500g (17.6 oz)
500g (17.6 oz)
1 kg (35 oz)
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Speed
72 kph (44..7 mph)
72 kph (44..7 mph)
72 kph (44..7 mph)
75 kph (46.6 mph)
43 km (26.6 miles)
Weight
1.4 kg (3 lbs)
1.4 kg (3 lbs)
1.4 kg / 3 lbs
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1.28 km (2.8 lbs)
Best Overall
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Brand & Model
The Phantom 4 Pro
Range
7 km (4.34 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
30 mins
Payload Capacity:
500g (17.6 oz)
Speed
72 kph (44..7 mph)
Weight
1.4 kg (3 lbs)
Yuneec Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology - 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone, Carbon Fiber (YUNTYHBRUS)
Brand & Model
Yuneec Typhoon H
Range
7 km (4.34 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
30 mins
Payload Capacity:
500g (17.6 oz)
Speed
72 kph (44..7 mph)
Weight
1.4 kg (3 lbs)
3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)
Brand & Model
3DR Solo
Range
7 km (4.34 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
25 min
Payload Capacity:
500g (17.6 oz)
Speed
72 kph (44..7 mph)
Weight
1.4 kg / 3 lbs
Swellpro Waterproof Splash Drone 3 Auto with 4K HD Camera Live Video and GPS
Brand & Model
Splash Drone 3
Range
1 km (0.62 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
20 min
Payload Capacity:
1 kg (35 oz)
Speed
75 kph (46.6 mph)
Weight
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Best Budget
UPAIR One Drone 2.7K with 7 inch Screen, Quadcopter Drone with Camera, 5.8G FPV Monitor Transmit Live Video, Altitude Hold/Headless Mode/GPS Position Hold/One Key Return, Drone for Beginners
Brand & Model
UPair One
Range
1 km (4.34 miles)
Battery / Flight Time:
18 mins
Payload Capacity:
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Speed
43 km (26.6 miles)
Weight
1.28 km (2.8 lbs)

Top Fishing Drones

Best Fishing Drone Overall

The Phantom 4 Pro

This is a seriously impressive fishing drone, capable of delivering your cast a whopping 7 km. This drone is also able to remain in the air for up to 30 minutes which is at the upper end of current fishing drones.

The Phantom 4 is user-friendly for those new to drone flying. It has a home button that allows your drone to come back unaided to the point at which it took off. It prevents you from crashing into obstacles by means of its 5 directional avoidance system.

The drone has a 500g carrying capacity. You are able to record way points that will allow your drone to fly unaided.

  • Battery / Flight Time: 30 mins
  • Range: 7 km (4.34 miles)
  • Max Speed: 72 kph (44..7 mph)
  • Payload Capacity: 500 g (17.6 oz)
  • Weight: 1.4 kg / 3 lbs

What we like

  • Easy to Fly
  • Long fly time
  • Auto take off and landing

What we don't like

  • Can take a long time to set up
  • The drone is fairly large in size

Best Hexacopter Fishing Drone

Yuneec Typhoon H

Although the Typhoon H shares many similar features to the DJI Phantom 4 the designs are quite different. The Typhoon H is a hexacopter, meaning it has six individual motors that keep it in the air.

The extra motors provide more lifting power, control in the air.  The  Typhoon H has a 4k camera that streams a live image back to the controller. 

Its builtin collision avoidance system, makes this drone very easy for new drone users to operate.

One of the main features is its programmable navigation system. You can plot predetermined flight paths, reducing the density to continuously monitor the camera and lets you get on with other things.

  • Battery / Flight Time: 30 mins
  • Range: 7 km (4.34 miles)
  • Max Speed: 72 kph (44..7 mph)
  • Payload Capacity: 500g (17.6 oz)
  • Weight: 1.4 kg / 3 lbs

What we like

  • The inbuilt camera provides a live stream from the drone as it flies.
  • Collision avoidance system that makes it easy for beginners to get to grips with
  • Auto take off and landing with one key return home button.
  • The drone is large and can be cumbersome to transport.

What we don't like

  • With extra power comes a reduced battery life and flight time
  • Aimed at the cruiser kayaker rather than the occasional recreational paddler
  • The camera is not able to be changed or upgraded.

Best Beginner Fishing Drone

3DR Solo

This drone was designed with the absolute novice in mind. With a range of auto flight features controlling this fishing drone is a breeze.

Its range is limited, but it is capable of getting your line beyond the backbreakers on most shorelines.

This drone does not have a camera builtin and one will need to be purchased separately, if you want to record the action.

The drone can  reach 80km an hour which may seem fantastic, but when you are trailing a fishing line it can cause your reel to over spin so be careful.

  • Battery / Flight Time: 25 min
  • Range: 7 km (4.34 miles)
  • Max Speed: 72 kph (44..7 mph)
  • Payload Capacity: 500g (17.6 oz)
  • Weight: 1.4 kg / 3 lbs

What we like

  • Auto takeoff and landing with a return home button.
  • 5 flight modes
  • Great for beginners

What we don't like

  • No bimble or action camera included.

Best Waterproof Fishing Drone

Unlike most other drones, Swellpro have designed the Splash Drone 3 specifically for fishermen.

This drone is totally waterproof, capable of surviving crashes in the sea should the battery run out before you get back to shore, or simply landing on the waves and taking video of its surroundings from sea level.

Its ability to land on the water means you can attach a fish finder and use the drone to find the best location before deploying its payload.

The drone comes with a bait release mechanism and has a total payload capacity of 1 kg.

The Splash Drone 3 plus has received some poor reviews, but these reviews are usually from people who expect an all singing and dancing fishing drone. 

The Splash Drone 3 plus has been built with fishing in mind and it does its job superbly.

  • Battery / Flight Time: 20 min
  • Range: 1 km (0.62 miles)
  • Max Speed: 75 kph (46.6 mph)
  • Payload Capacity: 1 kg (35 oz)

What we like

  • Fully waterproof and capable of landing on the water.
  • Easy to fly
  • Payload release is included and preinstalled.

What we don't like

  • The camera is of poor quality.

  • No gimble included.

Best Budget Fishing Drone

UPair One

The UPair One is a fully featured fishing drone without the large price tag.

The drone does not have a large range, but it's 18 minute flight time is enough to survey your area, pick your spot, deploy your payload and get back to shore with plenty of time for a little sight seeing along the way.

This is a fantastic option for those who are new to drones and looking to incorporate them into their fishing arsenal.

The 7 in monitor on the controller allows you to have a birds eye view and helps control the unit. The drone can hold its altitude whilst flying so crashing is not a problem.

  • Battery / Flight Time: 18 mins
  • Range: 1 km (4.34 miles)
  • Max Speed: 43 km (26.6 miles)
  • Weight: 1.28 kg (2.8 lbs)

What we like

  • Can hold its altitude
  • Can return back to the takeoff position
  • Has a 4k camera

What we don't like

  • Its range and flight time are very limited.

Buyer's Guide for Fishing Drones

There is a wide variety of drones that could be used as fishing . Most drones will allow you to attach a drop mechanisim but this alone does not make them suitable for fishing.  You need to do your research before you make your decision.

Battery Life

Battery life can also be called flight time. Fishing is a hobby that does require patience so getting a drone with a long battery life would be best.  Something to consider is the payload a drone will carry. The heavier the payload, the more drain it will have on the battery.

Be aware that drones with long ranges are great, but you need to make sure the battery is capable of keeping your drone in the air so it can return safely.

Camera

Having a camera onboard is a great plus. It enables you to get some great footage and in the cases of some drones, you can get a live feed so you can see where your drone is flying.

If you decide to get a drone with a camera built-in you may have to be content with the restriction of not being able to upgrade it. Not all builtin cameras are replaceable.

Not all drones come with a gimble (A self-stabilizing platform). If you decide to mount a camera you may need to get a separate gimble cage or rely on software.

Range

Most drones have a range of more than 500 meters. In the case of shore fishing, this should be long enough to get your bait and tackle past the big back breakers and into the mouths of your quarry.

The range of your drone and your level of experience will determine what other features your drone may need. For instance. If your drone is capable of flying more than 1.5 km (1 mile), a return to takeoff position feature may be necessary, to guarantee your drone comes back to land safely.

Payload.

As you will want to carry not only fish bait, but fishing tackle and even a camera / fish finder, the drone should have the ability to carry a decent-sized payload (Greater than 300 g)

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About the Author Brad Pickering-Dunn

Hey, I'm Brad - the founder and editor of Watercraft Watch. My love for boating is what prompted me to start WatercraftWatch.com – helping people find the right equipment and supplies so they can enjoy their time on the water. I hope you find the articles on the site useful, and share in my love for boating.

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