With more and more players entering the waterproof drone fishing market it can be hard to navigate between them and determine what drone will suit your needs. Every drone is different in many ways and each drone has its own set of features and benefits. We will endeavour to assist you to find the right drone to suit your needs and requirements, and hopefully help you to avoid expensive mistakes.
The first question you need to ask yourself is, are you after a dedicated waterproof drone for fishing or are you after a multi-use drone that can also provide camera and video functions? This is a particularly important question as most dedicated fishing drones have reef spotting cameras between 720P and 1080P, and some are fixed without a gimbal, so the ability to take 2K or 4K images will be exceedingly difficult.
The second most important question is regarding the manufacturer – What is the manufacturer’s track record? – How long have they been manufacturing drones? What service and technical knowledge networks are accessible and are parts readily available?
When considering the purchase of a dedicated waterproof fishing drone please consider the following in addition to the important considerations listed above.
10 Most important questions and features to consider
A recent survey conducted showed that flight stability and reliability was the most important thing a consumer wanted in a fishing drone, such as Multiple safety functions, Strength of transmission signal and GPS signal strength. The stronger the GPS signal and satellite acquisition will reduce loss of GPS connection and signal. (It is important to note here that all drones have two main flying modes being GPS and Altitude mode) – ‘Fly Away’s’ due to loss of GPS signal is not a failure of the drone, but in most cases a failure of the user to understand the two flying modes and when to use them.
Every drone owner should upskill themselves in Altitude mode so in the event of a GPS signal failure, they can safely and manually fly the drone to safety.
Ultimately the final question you need to ask yourself is – Are you prepared to risk $2000 -$3000 on a drone that does not have these most important specifications and Safety features?
Multi-Use Waterproof Drones
The Swellpro Splashdrone 3+ is not included in the comparison below as we regard the Splashdrone 3+ as a waterproof camera platform that enables drone fishing. Swellpro has been successfully manufacturing drones for more than 4 years now and their products have steadily improved over time. Splashdrone 3+ is the clear winner when it comes to a ‘Waterproof Multi-Use Platform’ drone that provides the user with a drone they can use for 50% fishing and 50% for camera/video usage. As Splashdrone 3+ is not a dedicated fishing drone, it does not have the features that a high-end fishing drone has, but it does have multi use features that a dedicated fishing does not have.
Dedicated Waterproof Drones for Fishing
The only dedicated fishing drone that has all these specifications and features listed above is the new Cuta Copter EX-1. Cuta Copter has been manufacturing fishing drones in South Africa for over 5 years and is the pioneer in this field. Extensive research and development over the years has produced the most advanced fishing drone on the planet – the EX-1.