For thousands of years, man has evolved alongside technology to better hunt, gather and provide food for survival off the ocean. From spears to nets to hook line and sinker, we are now caught in an age where the mere land perspective on catching fish is no longer good enough.
The beach is the most popular place to drone fish from, but as drones are becoming more compact and easy to fly, drone fishing from rocks, jetty's and even boats is growing in popularity. Flying out past the waves, you can find deeper gutters and undisturbed waters, allowing for a lot of flexibility when choosing a target species
To get started, you have to carry and set up the drone. A drone that is quick and hassle free to set up means you get your line in the water sooner, which is critical when you look out and the fish are feeding.
The Aeroo Fishing Drone comes in a lightweight, compact foam shoulder bag which also holds the included digital scales, clips, swivels, props etc., as well as extra batteries. This portability means it doesn't take up much boot space on a camping trip, and doesn't impede a treacherous walk to the remote spots.
To setup the Aeroo Fishing Drone, you need to attach the propellers, turn it on and do a compass calibration, which entails spinning the drone around 3 times. Then attach your rig to the safety release clip, and then hook this onto the drone.
The safety clip massively reduces the risks involved with drone fishing as it detaches your bait from the drone should the line not un-spool smoothly while flying out. For added security, you can incorporate a drop loop into your rig. you can see our best drone fishing rigs guide for more info.
Also ensure you don't exceed the max safe payload of 250g, remember to account for the drag in the line which depending on the line used and distance flown out can be from 20-150g. In our testing, the Aeroo Fishing Drone can comfortably carry 5 pilchards (150g) and sinker (50g) out 500m using 20lb braid mainline. This may vary for your setup and conditions.
It is often a good idea to fly the drone up without carrying anything at first, so that you can have a look around at the terrain from above and decide exactly where you want to cast without wearing the drone's battery down as much.
Once you have attached your bait to the drone and ensured the line is clear from the propellers, you can use the auto takeoff button, and then fly the drone up about 20m high, then fly straight forward to the desired spot you wish to drop at. In the air, you can adjust the camera tilt to look forward or straight down. When you are ready to release, press the button on the remote, and watch the bait drop or (if you're lucky) get eaten immediately.
Once the bait is in the water, you can press the auto return home button on the remote, and set it aside. The drone will return and land at the takeoff point by itself, ready to go again.