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    Has anybody had experience with surf fishing using a quadcopter drone to cast up to 250m ? Does it work ?
    So far I can only find expensive modded DJI's

    What would be the weight lifting requirement of the drone ?

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    There is a heap of it online now
    On YT and Fishing Forums.

    Considering the mainline would be braid and only the leader mono with at worst an 8ounce lead weight plus baits
    Should do it easy....
    Certainly puts the landbased fisherman in range on the boats when fishing for King Gorge Whiting or Baby Snapper, etc

    Personally, i don't likethe idea of flying your $1000 toy out to sea with a big string attached, imagine a tangle in the blades?
    At least you may be able to wind it back in
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    Being 'Off Shore' would also expose the Drone to some very 'Industrial Strength' winds and while lifting the line and hooks is important, the Drones ability to remain stable in all conditions, either by Gyroscopes/Computer or the operator would be very important.
    It would need to be thoroughly waterproofed and bouyant because even if it falls in the drink just a few metres from your boat, its going to take several minutes to retrieve by whatever means and Salt Water as you know invades everything with the speed of light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordon_s1942 View Post
    Being 'Off Shore' would also expose the Drone to some very 'Industrial Strength' winds and while lifting the line and hooks is important, the Drones ability to remain stable in all conditions, either by Gyroscopes/Computer or the operator would be very important.
    It would need to be thoroughly waterproofed and bouyant because even if it falls in the drink just a few metres from your boat, its going to take several minutes to retrieve by whatever means and Salt Water as you know invades everything with the speed of light.
    That is exactly why you need to use the expensive DJI drones. They can fly fully autonomous, have collision avoidance, came back and land right in
    front of you feet, provided you didn't walk away. No flying skills required. At a speed of 60km/h they are 250m out here in a matter of seconds. You just don't won't your line to get tangled in the reel while it is unspooling at that speed, would suggest to fly a fair bit slower.

    For a small fee they offer an insurance. If for any reason they are lost due to a techical fault/error you get a new one. Flight data is tracked through your device like a black box and is required for the claim to prove that you didn't drive it into the ocean with your joystick input.

    On second thoughts, the downward facing second camera that is used for it's orientation could show that it was used for carrying fishing tackle. Their insurance policy might not cover that.
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