What Drone Do I Need for Fishing? Your Comprehensive Guide

What Drone Do I Need for Fishing? Your Comprehensive Guide

So, you're all set for an exciting fishing adventure with all the necessary gear and knowledge, except for one crucial element - the drone. Whether you're a seasoned fisherman or new to the world of drone fishing, choosing the right drone is essential for a successful and enjoyable experience. In this guide, we'll walk you through the various options available and help you make an informed decision based on your budget and fishing needs.


Already Own a Drone?

If you already own a drone, that's fantastic! It can be your most cost-effective entry into drone fishing. You'll need to invest in a payload release mechanism, but there's a catch - using a non-designated drone can void its warranty.

DJI, the leading camera drone manufacturer, clearly states that carrying any payload voids their warranty. Their drones are finely tuned for carrying themselves, not additional loads. Here are some common camera drone models suitable for fishing:

  • DJI Phantom 4/pro/adv
  • DJI Phantom 3/pro/adv
  • DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic 2, and Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic Air 2, Air 3
  • Autel Evo
  • Yuneec Typhoon H

We do not recommend using the DJI Mini series, Spark, or Air 1 for drone fishing due to their limited payload and unstable wingspan. If you own one of the recommended drones, you'll need to find a suitable and reliable payload release mechanism. You generally have three options:

Manual Release:

This tension-based release involves tugging your line from the drone with your rod to release at a set tension. However, this system has its risks, and there have been reports of drones being pulled from the sky.

Best Manual Releases:

  • Gannet Sport
  • Sky Clip

Electronic/Automatic Release:

This pin-based release activates at the press of a button and is better and more reliable than a manual release. However, it relies on a third-party electric connection and lacks a failsafe unless you use a safety clip.

Best Electronic/Automatic Releases:

  • Generic (affordable but may fail)
  • Drone Skyhook (costlier but more reliable)



Electromagnetic Release:

This release offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to release at the press of a button or under a set tension. While costly, these releases are not foolproof but are a fantastic solution when used with care.

Best Electromagnetic Releases:

  • Gannet XSport
  • Sky Clip Commander

Best Budget Fishing Drone

If you're looking for an affordable entry into drone fishing, consider the Aeroo v2. We might be biased, but it offers incredible value. Here's a breakdown:

Aeroo v2

  • Overall Rating: 8.3
  • Payload Capacity: 4.0
  • Durability: 7.4
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Camera: 8
  • Other Features: 9
  • Value: 10

At approximately 25% of the price of its closest competitor, the Aeroo v2 stands out. It boasts features that surpass its rivals, making it the obvious choice for budget-conscious fishermen. Here are some pros and cons:


  • Affordable and low risk, high reward fishing
  • Safety Release Clip for trolling and emergency release
  • Full GPS with features like Return Home, Auto Takeoff, Hover, Waypoints, and more
  • High-resolution 4K camera with tilt function for scouting in flight
  • Durable one-piece construction to withstand impacts and regular use
  • Simple and compact design, beginner-friendly, and easy to use


  • Limited payload (250g) suitable for game fish and some sharks, but not ideal for long liners or trawlers
  • Not waterproof, which may affect retrieval in certain situations


  • AEE Condor (slightly heavier payload than Aeroo v2)
  • Swellpro FD1 (affordable waterproof option with additional camera costs)

Best Heavy Lift Fishing Drone

If you require a drone capable of carrying heavier loads, consider the Cuta Copter Trident Boss Plus. Here's a closer look:

Cuta Copter Trident Boss Plus

  • Overall Rating: 7.6
  • Payload Capacity: 10
  • Durability: 9.3
  • Ease of Use: 5
  • Camera: 3
  • Other Features: 9
  • Value: 6.7

Cuta Copter is a trusted name in fishing drones, and their Trident series offers ample payload capacity (4.5kg) for large baits and serious fishing setups. Here are the pros and cons:


  • Massive payload capacity (4.5kg)
  • Smart GPS functions, including waypoint missions and GPS location saving
  • Waterproof with fully sealed internals and motors
  • Long-range capabilities (1.5km)


  • Expensive, with a price tag exceeding $4000
  • Low-quality camera (additional cost for a decent camera system)


  • Rippton Shark X (affordable waterproof option, no included camera)
  • Gannet Black (5kg payload, integrated camera, but pricey)

Best Scouting Fishing Drone

For fishermen who prioritise scouting, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is an excellent choice:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

  • Overall Rating: 8.3
  • Payload Capacity: 4.0
  • Durability: 7.4
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Camera: 8
  • Other Features: 9

DJI is a renowned name in the drone industry, known for its exceptional camera systems. The Phantom 4 Pro combines a large, 3-axis stabilized 4K camera sensor with a robust design for fishing capabilities. Here's the breakdown:


  • Excellent camera for scouting and recording
  • Reliable DJI brand and reputation
  • Full GPS and refined app interface


  • Discontinued by DJI, available only second-hand or as remaining stock
  • Not designed to carry payloads, voiding the warranty (additional cost for a release system)


  • DJI Air 3 (super portable and easy to fly but voids warranty when carrying payloads)
  • Used DJI Mavic Pro/Phantom 3/4 (affordable options but require careful inspection)


Choosing the right fishing drone depends on your specific needs and budget. 

Hopefully, from this guide we could be of some help with introducing you to drone fishing and deciding which drone is right for you. Our awesome team at Aeroo are completely hooked on drone fishing, and having been in the game since the beginning are passionate about growing the industry and making drone fishing work to meet anyone’s needs. No matter what drone you use, we are behind you 100% of the way.

Please get in touch with us at support@aeroodrones.com should you have any questions, concerns or even ideas - we’d love to hear them!
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