In the future, if you’re not careful, robots will take your best fishing spots.

Drones are everywhere these days. Amazon is developing a flying drone delivery service, and drones were one of the most popular gadgets gifted over the holidays.

Sooner or later, you just knew they were going to wind up fishing.

Specifically, they are now becoming popular for fishing fresh water and salt, helping to hook everything from bass to tuna.

How is that possible? How can even the best drone — civilian, not military — haul in a tuna?

First, they’re not hauling in fish in large numbers. Some have actually done this, but the main way drones are being used is to transport the line and bait to the location you want to fish. You then control it. It’s similar to kite fishing.

As a terrific little site called put it, “This allows you to reach places that you normally could not with just you and your rod. Most people have been using drones for surf fishing but you can use this technique for fishing wherever you want.”

DroneFishingHQ has a terrific primer on the techniques of this emerging discipline. It walks you through the steps of picking a drone, and how to rig a line and bait to it.

Drone fishing is not without risks, according to DroneFishingHQ. “Pay attention to the winds. Certain drones have wind limitations and flying in excess of those levels and you may end up losing your drone. Skilled pilots may be able to fly in higher winds, but why risk it especially if you are over some body of water?”


“Make sure you are monitoring how far you are flying out,” DroneFishingHQ also advises. “You don’t want to exceed the range of controllability and have your drone fall into the water. To retrieve the drone in case of an emergency, you can tie an additional line to the drone and pull it back in if for some reason it runs out of battery or loses connection.”

Finally, keep your drone happy. Viewers of Westworld know what can happen when the robots get upset, or think they can do a better job fishing than you.