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Posted: 06/07/20 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used to surf fish regularly years ago and did again for the first time a couple weeks ago just north of St. Augustine, FL catching what I believe was a juvenile manta ray and that was exciting.

What I’m getting seriously interested in is using a drone to drop the line and here’s a quick 2 minute YouTube to explain the idea getting out deep and beyond the breakers depending on the day’s surf conditions.

https://youtu.be/oMEQX7sRk6Y

I’m completely new to drones but was into RC cars and trucks years ago and this video isn’t showing the specific model I’m interested in just the idea I’m starting to research.

* This post was edited 06/07/20 05:09pm by donfla *

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It's an interesting idea, and probably fun to play with.

But I doubt that it is beneficial to catching fish. Probably just more a distraction than anything.

People new to fishing, maybe not catching much, tend to think that if they could just cast farther their luck would improve. It rarely helps. I've watched people casting as far as they could heave, not realizing that they were casting right over where the fish were feeding, which tends to be nearer to shore where the food sources are better.

I'm mostly a freshwater fisher, but have surf fished in my younger days. And I think the same thing is true. The fish you are targeting are likely feeding right IN the surf foam. That's were the worms, sand crabs, and other prey are found.

That's my thoughts. But hey, drones are still cool.


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Posted: 06/10/20 06:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds cool - I was surf fishing across from North Beach Camp Resort just last week. We love that place.


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Here the way the beach conditions change within a few miles is interesting and see this as a major advantage depending on what you’re hunting for. I’ve done a fair about of freshwater fishing here in FL and by far enjoy surf and inshore saltwater the most. But I would take freshwater over offshore having done that many times.

Had to look up North Beach Camp Resort and it looks nice! Years ago we camped at a place called Beverly Beach Camptown in Flagler county and while the sites are tight besides a seawall you are on the beach. When our oldest was around 4 we caught 7 small sharks in the surf there with the largest probably under 3’ and a mix of black tip and bonnethead, and that was cool. Just looking into it but Volusia county has a commercial fishing permit that allows after hours beach driving access for surf fishing if you take their turtle conservation course and my wife and I are planning on doing that.

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That sounds fun but I don't know if I have the skills for it.

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cohendan wrote:

That sounds fun but I don't know if I have the skills for it.


Not many skills required. Just bait the hook walk into the water waist deep and cast it as far as you can. Sit back and wait for a hit. Any way that's how my wife and I would do it. I baited the hook cast it and she did the rest


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Or you could do it like DW's step dad.
Walk to the edge of the water but do not get your sandals wet.
Cast with all of your strength, maybe 40 feet.
Walk back up the beach to your chair, maybe 40 feet.
Make everybody walking the beach go way around you or get tangled up.
The bait is now laying on the sand where only sea gulls can get it, and they do. Bait, hook, line, and sometimes the rod.
I can't even watch.


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There are some folks that are catching even halibut up here (AK) by surf casting. Takes some doing and a willingness to stand for a while in the wave zone, but interesting. My friend pulled an 80#'er out last weekend.

I believe, haven't confirmed, that Fish & Game would view drone use as prohibited.


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It is legal here in CA, at least for freshwater. I'm pretty sure for saltwater too. I read a Q&A by a game warden recently that confirmed the legality. It will vary by state though.

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bpounds wrote:

It's an interesting idea, and probably fun to play with.

But I doubt that it is beneficial to catching fish. Probably just more a distraction than anything.

People new to fishing, maybe not catching much, tend to think that if they could just cast farther their luck would improve. It rarely helps. I've watched people casting as far as they could heave, not realizing that they were casting right over where the fish were feeding, which tends to be nearer to shore where the food sources are better.

I'm mostly a freshwater fisher, but have surf fished in my younger days. And I think the same thing is true. The fish you are targeting are likely feeding right IN the surf foam. That's were the worms, sand crabs, and other prey are found.

That's my thoughts. But hey, drones are still cool.



There are fish and sharks outside of the first 2 or 3 sets of breakers well out of casting range. People have drug baits out in canoes, with kites, and swim out to rocks in dry suits w submersible reels to reach further and have had great success.

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