Two types of drone casting.

There are 2 types of drone casting which require different elements of the drone to be used for the drone fishing. These are;

1. ‘Fly and Cast’. Which means, flying the long line (potentially with up to 10 hooks attached) out to a distance beyond the breakers and releasing the long line into the ocean and waiting for the fish to bite. The Newton-3 release system fitted to the Condor enables a fail safe release meaning any snags prior to the desired release point will cause the line to separate from the drone, saving the drone from being pulled into the water. The advantages of the ‘Fly and Cast’ are: more hooks available for a successful cast, no camera involved so can carry more on the drone (more payload available), more casting time available and therefore more casts. Fly and Cast is simple operation. No requirement for smart phone attached to the controller and you can fish by yourself. Once the drone has set the line, one single press of the home button and you can put the controller down whilst you attend to the fishing rod to take up the line slack (and the reel in the fish). The Condor drone will land itself at the home calibrated position.


2. ‘Spot and Drop’. Refers to a specific type of fish which is generally targeted such as Tuna or Shark. The drone camera (if fitted) is used to spot the target fish, then drop a line next to the targeted fish; or use the drone to dangle a lure in the vicinity of the specific targeted fish. The release system is critical here. This is precision fishing. It is more difficult for the less seasoned angler and drone fishing operator. This type of drone fishing requires less hooks and less available weight for bait on the drone, however the weight of the camera usually causes less casting time of the drone among other complexities. The big advantage is a more specific fish can be targeted such as a Tuna. Some disadvantages is it is a more complex operation and generally you will need at least 2 people. You will also need a smart phone attached to the controller so as to view to camera live footage.  Also, most ‘Spot and Drop’ drones incorporate an electrical release system which introduce problems of their own – many causing drones to be lost in the water. Overall a more complex operation than the ‘Fly and Cast’. The next version(s) of the AEE Condor fishing drone will be able to ‘Spot and Drop’ whilst maintaining its already awesome lift capacity – it will enable the angler to choose between ‘Fly and Cast’ or the ‘Spot and Drop’ whilst maintaining the overall level of safety the original AEE Condor Newton-3 has been renowned for.

Condor fishing drone quick start cheat sheet

  1. MAKE SURE BOTH CONTROLLER AND BATTERY FULLY CHARGED.
  2. MAKE SURE MAIN BATTERY INSERTED INTO CONDOR FULLY – LOCKED
  3. PROPELLERS SCREWED ON CORRECTLY. ‘P’ LABEL ON PROPELLER GOES TO ‘P’ LABEL ON CONDOR NEAR 2 OF THE MOTORS.
  4. TURN CONDOR AND CONTROLLER ON. SHORT PRESS AND LONG PRESS.
  5. WAIT UNTIL ‘CONNECTED’ ON SCREEN AFTER POWER UP. (IF NO CONNECTION – TRY POWER OFF ON BOTH CONDOR AND CONTROLLER AND TRY AGAIN UNTIL SUCCESSFULLY CONNECTED.
  6. MAKE SURE ‘P’ SWITCH IS SELECTED TO ‘P’ ON TOP OF CONTROLLER. IF NOT – CONDOR WILL NOT CALIBRATE.
  7. CALIBRATION. HOLD LEFT STICK DIRECTLY DOWN AND PUSH HOME BUTTON 7-10 TIMES IN SUCCESSION. THIS ENTERS CALIBRATION MODE AND SAYS ‘CALIBRATION’ ON SCREEN OF CONTROLLER.
  8. LOOK FOR YELLOW LIGHT FLASHING ON TWO OF THE WINGTIPS MEANING CALIBRATION MODE. ROTATE CONDOR SLOWLY AROUND VERTICAL AXIS. LOOK FOR GREEN FLASHING LIGHTS AFTER TURNING THROUGH APPROX 360 DEGREES.
  9. TIP CONDOR SO NEWTON-3 RELEASE IS FACING THE GROUND (MAIN BATTERY FACING SKY) THEN ROTATE THROUGH 360 DEGREES. GREEN FLASHING WILL CHANGE TO STEADY GREEN LIGHTS. THIS IS FULLY CALIBRATED (AND WHERE THE CONDOR WILL COME HOME TO LAND AUTOMATICALLY IF COMMANDED). CONDOR IS NOW READY TO FLY.
  10. STARTING THE CONDOR. HOLD BOTH JOYSTICKS DOWN AND OUTWARDS TO START (AND STOP) THE CONDOR MOTORS.
  11. MAKE SURE AERIALS OF CONTROLLER ARE IN A ‘V’ POSITION AND ALWAYS FACE TOWARDS THE DRONE WHEN FLYING. ESPECIALLY AT DISTANCES OVER 300M – CONTROLLER MUST BE FACING TOWARDS THE DRONE.

Care and operating instructions for your AEE Condor fishing drone.

To ensure proper operation of you Condor NEWTON-3 drone, please observe the following –

1) The operating wind limit for the Condor drone is approximately 28km/h (approx 15kts). Operations in conditions stronger than this may degrade specified performance.

2) The Condor drone is non shower/rain proof. Be sure to operate the Condor in dry atmospheric conditions.

3) For reliable GPS signal ensure the GPS signal is at level 6 or above (illustrated on the controller).

4) To ensure the correct functioning of the Condor drone ensure the internal compass is calibrated each time it is powered on and before taking off. ENSURE THE SWITCH ON TOP RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE CONTROLLER IS SWITCHED TO ‘P’ FOR CALIBRATION. If the switch is not in this position calibration will not occur and the drone will not know where the calibration home point is. The drone can still fly without calibration but it is ALWAYS advisable to calibrate your drone with the switch in the ‘P’ position on the controller. Steady green lights on the Condor itself indicate a successful calibration. Click here for video instruction on how to calibrate the Condor drone. It only takes a minute for calibration.

5) Ensure the battery level is at least 50% FULL before using your Condor drone for fishing. Anything less than 50% may lead to the drone not having enough battery power to return to the home position. We advise FULL charge before drone fishing and to have spare so you can get at least 5 more casting sets of fishing in.

6) Ensure the Condor drone and all controls are all free of debris (sand) before every use. Minimizing the chance of tangles and operation restrictions are essential for care free operation.

7) OBEY any warning signal the Condor drone displays. Failure to adhere to any warning instruction may cause damage or loss to the drone. Read the Condor instruction manual by clicking here.

8) OBEY your local drone laws!!!!

FOR THE NEWTON-3 LINE RELEASE AND FISHING ROD:

9) Before engaging in fishing operations with the Condor drone, ensure the following conditions are met:

  1. Ensure the reel is released so as the line is free to run.
  2. Ensure the bait, sinkers and hook system on the fishing line are neatly placed on the ground so as it can be lifted vertically with no tangles.
  3. Ensure the fishing rod is at least 2.5 meters from the bait, sinker and hook system when setting up prior to take-off.

10) For best results, a shorter fishing rod should be used. The shorter the rod used the smoother the Condor drone can fly to the drop point and release the line. If a longer fishing rod is used, more line flexibility is introduced into the system and the chances of an unsuccessful release are increased. Hold firmly onto the rod when releasing the line at the drop point. This will ensure a clean and smooth line drop.

11) SET THE RELEASE FORCE CORRECTLY. This must be tested on the ground prior to launch. The lighter the release force, the less risk there is of the fishing line hanging up in the NEWTON-3 and causing release problems. 

12) Ensure the Condor drone is raised at least 30 meters vertically with the fishing line attached to the NEWTON-3 before any forward movement is introduced. This prevents line tangles and ensures safer operation of the Condor fishing drone. Raising the Condor drone to a height of at least 30 meters ensures when travelling out to sea, fishing line dragging in the sea is minimal. If line drags in the sea, this can cause un-commanded fishing line release and speed problems for the Condor as it uses more battery power. Up to 50m vertically is acceptable in order to keep the trailing fishing line clear over the water – especially if there is a large swell to avoid.

SUCCESSFUL LINE RELEASE USING THE NEWTON-3

13) Before closing the bail of the fishing reel to command the fishing line release, operate the Condor drone in the highest forward and highest upward speed. This is ensure a clean release from the NEWTON-3. The fishing line will drop to the water at the point when the fishing reel bail is operated and the fishing line outward travel is abruptly stopped.

* In the highly unlikely event of an unsuccessful line release; the Condor drone can be flown back to the home position with the line still attached to the NEWTON-3 system. It is highly advisable that the home speed travel of the drone is matched to the reel in/wind in rate of the reel. This is also why a 50% battery charge is recommended for Condor drone fishing.

** In order to ensure proper operation of the NEWTON-3 release system, always check the condition of the NEWTON-3 prior to operation. If there is any restriction taking place or any visible damage then order the required parts for the NEWTON-3.