Drone fishing – quick, cheap and easy way to use a drone for surf casting

Drone fishing – quick, cheap and easy way to use a drone for surf casting

Ever wanted to cast your bait just a little further beyond those breakers into deeper and more productive water?
For the last few years I’ve been using my trusty old DJI Phantom 3 for drone fishing. I used a rather expensive electronic bait drop mechanism until it recently broke. Instead of trying to fix it, I made a much cheaper and totally manual bait release hook out of an old water container.
It works really good and no more messing around with replacing batteries and turning on and off LED lights on the drone to release the bait.
In this video I’ll show you how I made this new release hook and why I like it better than the old mechanism. I’ll also show you how I setup my drone at the beach and fly out my baits.

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  1. bob pete on May 3, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    It’s all about the ‘rubber band’.

  2. John O'Malley on May 3, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Awesome video man! Definitely going to try this out with Kaiser Bass GPS drone, I also have 6 batteries for it too! So heaps of flying time.
    Cheers man.

  3. Gazza P on May 3, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Well done

  4. T James on May 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Very clever, thanks for sharing. Will mod my Fimi x8 when it arrives in the next few weeks and hopefully slay some snaps on the Kapiti Coast. Also, what weight braid do you find best? 20lb?

  5. Hendro 22 chanel on May 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Good job my friend.. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  6. Don Steitz on May 3, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    This concept is so simple yet brilliant. wish there was an easy add on for like Mavic 2s. I can make something easy…Inspired by this! Thanks! Good stuff!

  7. Scuba Chris on May 3, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Is there an inexpensive powerful drone that i can use for dropping my baits off from shore for fishing? Say around 100m? I’m looking for a unit where i can just us the controllers built in screen instead of a cell phone. And no time consuming calibration like twirling it around. Just looking for a inexpensive no camera unit where i can just turn it on, then send it out visually to my spot that i can see 80-100m off from me, then have it return. A simple to use powerful unit. The Bayangtoys x16 so far is the closest, then the UpAir One. I’m using 3oz lead w/a bait maybe 3/4oz.

  8. brykalaero on May 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Well done Sir. Great concept, sometimes the simple things are often the best. Just Subscribed.

  9. Trike Jorjan on May 3, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Damn i should have just done this.

  10. crazy camera guy on May 3, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Great video.I have a dji phantom here in NZ.I payed big money for it a while ago . I even upgraded the attennas to the argtek kit. Was looking at selling it ,but after seeing your video I think might give this go . Thanks for sharing

  11. Jared Parkes on May 3, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks some awesome kiwi/SA ingenuity!! Is it easy to replace the parts like motors on the Phantom 3 drones? The parts seem to be readily available.

  12. Tim Orum on May 3, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    how do you find the phantom 3 for fishing? would you recommend it? how far and how many drops do you get per battery?

  13. Paul Fernhout on May 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    300 bucks vs a rubber band let me think about that lol

  14. WETTHATLINE on May 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Id give more than two thumbs up if I had more hands. This was great. I have to get this one day

  15. Francesco Sciacchitano on May 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Name drone! Thanks

  16. NR on May 3, 2022 at 6:42 pm


  17. Kristan King on May 3, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I watched this last night, and made something up this afternoon gonna take the drone out for a few test flights see how it goes

  18. BrentnAnita on May 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    A piece of wire shaped like a T will work better than a big pc of plastic.

  19. seaton on May 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    very effective and smart well done.

  20. 2Future Photography on May 3, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Great stuff , How do you transport the drone with the plastic on ? Or apply plastic when at location?

  21. Mindsett Tattoo on May 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    legend! 💪🏽

  22. Gt_colie-boy BIGAN-Choka on May 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    That was beautiful

  23. Aidan’s Crazy World on May 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    sub to aidan crazy world plzzz

  24. Armando Madrigallos Jr. on May 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Your a genius mate. Thanks for Idea.

  25. JasL73 on May 3, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Great idea! I think I may have to invest in one of these so I can always get out past the second bar where the big boys are

  26. Justin Pihama on May 3, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Awesome stuff mate always wondered how it all works when flying your drone out for your line to drop and last thing a person needs is to buy something expensive to attach to the drone so your line can drop from the drone such a easy and simple set up wicked

  27. George Fairweather Moonlight on May 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm


  28. Humboldt High on May 3, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Man, that is a cool way to fish. Thanks for the instructions.

  29. Voyagerss77 on May 3, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Absolutely Excellente !!!!!

  30. Ron sen on May 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Well explained. I liked your video as you applied creativity and saved many people money.

  31. 805gregg on May 3, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    You need to look at Hawaii drone fishing, much easier, just get a cheap clamp, send the drone out, in Hawaii they go 900 yards, and when they want to drop you just drop the bail on the reel, why make it hard?

  32. belkstar8585 on May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm


  33. MIHOV on May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Where is a fish ?)

  34. kin kane on May 3, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Nice trick! I just bought a drone and now I know I can save my money and don’t need to buy a fancy line release mechanism.

  35. phartattack on May 3, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Why not use a downrigger release clip or a simple clothes pin?

  36. Craig Wheaton on May 3, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Well done

  37. Tim Johnson on May 3, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Man, this is a great video!

  38. Tony Gillahan on May 3, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Great video mate

  39. Andrew Smith on May 3, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I like your system better.

  40. Fishingreminder on May 3, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Watch this video and see how we catch fish with this drone setup: https://youtu.be/hnvT_0GHYgY

  41. FMA SERVICE on May 3, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    great idea!!
    any suggestions for the old Mavic Pro?

  42. Storm Strike on May 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Where can I get a release mechanism?

  43. Hanoi Tripper on May 3, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    What rod are u having?

  44. Fujack on May 3, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    You save me a lot of money

  45. Andy Morris on May 3, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Great video. For what it’s worth, I’ve found that a twist-tie works better than rubber band since it is less sticky and will slip off easier without getting bound up.

  46. miqbal1981 on May 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    thanks for sharing this beautiful idea

  47. Jim Somerville on May 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you! As you get out there, I assume the line in the middle starts dragging on the water, correct? If so, you just have to have a drone with enough power to overcome that drag? I guess smaller diameter and lighter braid would be better.

  48. Billy Tucker on May 3, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Try a clothes pin lot cheaper lot easier

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