Many people who like to fish and own a drone have probably asked themselves, “Can you catch a fish with a drone?”
Surprisingly, the answer is yes!
Here are a few examples of ingenious fishermen who used their drone to reel in a keeper:
Catching A Fish With A Drone!!
The first example is from David Darg of Ryot News, who claims to be the first person to ever catch a fish with a drone. Based on his video upload date, he might be right!
David used a DJI Phantom with a float, a hook, and a worm, and like most other drone fisherman, goes after a bluegill.
As David said in the description of his video, “Buy a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish WITH A DRONE, he eats for a lifetime and impresses the hell out of all his friends.”
RC Drone Fishing
The next example is from a user who goes by the name The Fish Whisperer.
He’s using a small Syma X11 drone, and catching bluegill using 4lb line with a cork, size 18 hook, and a gulp waxie for bait.
He said it took a few tries, but once he got good at controlling the drone, he could drop the bait in just the right spot and hook a fish almost every time.
He was able to catch 4-5 fish per flight, and since the X11 battery is only good for about a 7 minute flight time, that’s a pretty good flight to fish ratio!
I Caught A Fish With My Drone!!
The next example is from a user who goes by the name Farmer Derek.
Farmer Derek used a DJI Phantom for his fishing, along with a bobber and a plastic worm, which the bluegill seem to like.
His video went viral, and was picked up by ABC News, USA Today, TIME, and other publications, and probably inspired quite a few other people to take out their drone and see what would bite.
Drone Catches Fish and Crashes!!
Lastly, we’ve got a whole different style of fishing, with a much bigger catch, as Uncut Angling goes ice fishing for Arctic Char with their DJI Phantom 3 Professional.
It took the Uncut Angling guys a few tries to get the fish on the hook, and the Phantom 3 nearly sacrificed itself for the catch, but in the end, they snagged a big one.
If you want to go fishing with a drone, you should get a DJI Phantom.
It has the lifting capacity to stay in the air with a fish on the line, it can hover by itself when you’re more worried about reeling in the fish than flying the drone, and it has a camera to help capture your catch on film and prove to your buddies that yes, you did actually catch a fish with a drone!