DRone for fishing etc

 Hi

THinking of buying a drone for beach fishing and maybe aerial view of water looking for weed banks for squidding etc, maybe dropping lures ahead of Tuna ?

Any suggestions welcomed

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Drone

Thu, 2024-04-11 17:39

 I recently bought one and spoke to a couple of blokes that have had a fair bit to do with them. They both said get a DJI or nothing. I bought Mini 2 SE for $498. I bought it for coral bay for finding mantas whale sharks and tiger sharks. It is really easy to fly and takes awesome video and photos. If you do buya drone get on youtube as there are countless videos on how to set up and fly them.

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Thanks Crano

Thu, 2024-04-11 22:11

 Can the mini drop a bait ? or will I need a larger model

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Payload

Fri, 2024-04-12 07:40

 Been thinking about getting a drone for shore-based snapper and looked into a few so far. The DJI are the leading brand, easy to fly and really good camera. However, the Minis have very little payload, some only 30g, which is not enough for a bait and sinker rig. For heavier payload in the DJI lineup need to look at the Mavics and Phantom,s or some other brand.

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Your better off with a

Fri, 2024-04-12 07:45

Your better off with a fishing drone they have fail safes like drop the bait and return home on low battery. Most carry 3kg weight, the mini probably more like 30grams.

Cuta copter camera only looks down and does not record. Bad service and after sales too. 

Swell pro 4 has good camera and water proof too, I loved my SD3 wish i never sold it very reliable. 

Barracopter a new one from Sydney not sure but think the camera is the same as Cuta

MAFF sell two drones and WA based so easy for servicing etc. I have the Poseidon pro the camera has only two pan settings and quite a high fixed zoom so not great for photography. They also sell a smaller one kingfisher folds up and carries about 1kg, the camera is said to be suitable for photography, records HD to a card, otherwise not sure on the cameras functions. 

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 If you are open to second

Fri, 2024-04-12 07:47

 If you are open to second hand I have ended up with two large drones at the moment and only need the one. I was going to get a smaller kingfisher as my second drone. 

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 I've recently got a Mavic

Fri, 2024-04-12 13:28

 I've recently got a Mavic pro, dropped a few  live baits out on heavy line to 150m and went well but this was in dead calm conditions. If I had the cash I would get a proper fishing drone but as I am learning the ropes Mavic pro is a good start. Just need pretty calm conditions and thin line for big drops I reckon. Good luck it's pretty fun and opens up heaps of options

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Thanks all

Sat, 2024-04-13 08:20

 Thanks for the replies so far.

I am leaning toward a swell pro 4. Heaps of stuff on youtube as mentioned by crano so will spend lots of time viewing them

What models are your second hand ones Pete F

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 Cutacopter, long story about

Sun, 2024-04-14 14:14

 Cutacopter, long story about that one but in a nut shell it landed in the sea. Has been totally rebuilt wit all new electricals up to a Barracopter motors flight controller etc. Only fished with it once since rebuild flys beautiful.

The other is a Poseidon Pro, haven't flown that one over water as yet. We have been getting so many snapper off the cast I haven't had the need. 

I will start drone fishing again in winter when the swell are up and the weed moves into my casting spots. I wanted to try the kingfisher for the small size in my truck so I have it at call every day, but can't justify 3 

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