We have listed some of the best fishing drones used in New Zealand below in alphabet order for you to check out.

These fishing drones have been on the market for a set time and have been used by a number of us and our Big Snapper fishing friends who have given us their feedback on them.

Some of our biggest snapper have been caught using the fishing drone system that is taking New Zealand by storm with more and more getting into this great form of fishing every month.

Drone Training

So you have bought your fishing drone and set it up and had a few test runs at a park, now what better than being shown the correct way how to drone fish at the beach from the start and be given lots of helpful tips to get you set up to target that fish you are after. Full one on one training can be arranged through Mark from Big Snapper, allow one hour $POA



Big Snapper Drone Fishing Package

You just pick what drone you require, and we can offer the full package below to not only get you set up but have everything you require to get the job done right from the start.
1 x Tanacom 1000 electric reel and one daiwa rod
1 x 10000mah lithium battery for your electric reel
1 X Big Snapper Rod Holder
1 X Nacsan drone line with astro riser ( 6 hooks 7.5m )
1 x 1000M of 80 pound braid
1 x Landing drone pad
Price $2500. ( Subject to stock availability )

A22 Condor Fishing Drone

The Condor Fishing Drone is very easy to calibrate, there is no need for a separate phone app to get speed, altitude and battery information when setting.

Easy calibration, two steps taking 20 seconds once a day when using it.

The Condor fishing drone is easy to use even for those who struggle with technology. This is the perfect entry level fishing drone to get you out there catching fish.

20mins fly time
( Will automatically return at 7-8mins to keep safe )
300g safety load, 1100g max

1000m flying distance.

Condor fishing drone $1600.00

Spare Battery $200.00

AEE Condor A22 Backpack $100.00

Propellers: $20.00 for a pair (1 cw and 1 ccw)  $40.00 for a set (2 cw and 2 ccw)

To order one email info@bigsnapper.co.nz with your contact details and delivery address.

Rippton Fishing Drones

Now here is a great fishing drone that gets your gear out there and returns back without any drone flying skills required.


Dimensions: 480 X 480 X 215 mm, Weight: 2.4kg
Max speed: 10m/s, Propellor size: 16”

Max payload: 3kg, Remote range: 1km

IP class: IP66, Battery: 6000m Ah Lipo 6S 25.2V

More than 23 knots wind resistance, 24 mins flying time.

Cost $3099.00 ( this could change due to the New Zealand dollar on the next shipment )

( comes with one battery, one set of props, charger, and carry case to hold it all ).


Set of props $150.00 ( a pair )

Landing Pad $150.00

Drone battery $350.00

To order one email info@bigsnapper.co.nz with your contact details and delivery address.

Fisherman FD3 Pro

Fisherman FD3 is a water resistant fishing
drone that gets the job done. FD3 consolidates
many of SwellPro’s latest fishing drone

Calibration-Free Flight Sensors
1.6 km casting range
Bait Capacity: 4.8 LBS / 2.2kg
4K Camera
Flight time: 27 min
S5 Flight Controller
GPS 9.0 Precise Positioning
Slide-in Battery
IPX5 Saltwater Resistant
Level 6 Wind Resistance
Auto- Fish FD Fly App
Auto-Drop & Return back to shore in case of low battery and loss of signal.
FD3 can access multiple satellite systems including GPS, Gionass, Galileo and Beidou for better signal quality and accuracy.
Costs: Fisherman FD3 Pro $4499.00

(with single axis 4K Camera and remote as in the picture shown)

Standard FD3 Model $3799.00 ( release only, no camera and different remote to the one shown )

Extra Battery $499.00

FD3 Proplers $199.00 per set ( 2x proplers )

To order one email info@bigsnapper.co.nz with your contact details and delivery address.

Fisherman Max Pro Model

Comes with a carry case, propellers,
drone, controller, charger &
cables and manual.
FD2 Standard Can:
– Carry up to 3.5kg weight
– Go up to 1.5km range
– Carbon Fibre Arms and Propellers
– Comes with a waterproof payload
Flight time: 30 mins

4K camera

x1 Fisherman Max Drone (Advanced)
x1 Remote Controller (Advanced)

Cost $5299.00

Extra Battery $499.00
Extra Propellers $199.00 ( pair )
To order one email info@bigsnapper.co.nz with your contact details and delivery address.

The above fishing drones are used by members of the NZ Motorhome Travel Group ( NZMTG ) and Kiwi Drone Fishing with feedback good and bad given to the team at Big Snapper.

The team at Big Snapper can help you and guide you to the correct business and services in getting you set up in Drone Fishing, from sales to drone training through to social events.

Snapper Information:

Snapper Information:

Big Snapper are known for their big molars “hence called Snapper”. Don’t make the mistake of putting your finger in an adult snapper’s mouth, it can literally be crushed. Snapper are one of the most sought after fish in the Hauraki Gulf for its soft white meat with very few bones. Snapper are usually a reddish brown on top and a silvery white on the bottom but depending on where they live the colour changes slightly. They are easily recognized by the spiky long pectoral and dorsal fin. Pale brown snapper are found in deep muddy waters and the dark brown snapper are found close inshore or on reefs.

Young snapper have silvery blue dots on their body and as they get older the spots fade away. Snapper live mostly in waters ranging from 5 to 50 meters but are often seen in waters that are 200 meters deep. Snapper can be found in open water and in reefs and in holes and between pins in the gulf. Snapper like to stay close to reefs or weed to enable them to dart for shelter if attacked by a predator.

Snapper are known to live to about 60 years and could grow to about 17 kgs or about 105 cm. From birth they take about 3 to 5 years to reach about 25 to 30 cms where they become sexually mature. They spawn from October to February when the water temperature is right and usually come back to the same breeding grounds each year. They release over a hundred thousand eggs each time and the male releases the sperm to fertilize the eggs in the large spawning grounds in the Hauraki Gulf. Generally snapper live in schools of approximately the same size, larger snapper are generally loners.

Feeding / Breeding habits:

Snapper are carnivorous fish and feed on sea worms and small crustaceans found in the ocean. Big Snapper eat fish and larger, harder-bodied animals such as sea eggs (kina), crabs and shellfish. Snapper are known for their adaptability and if one prey gets scarce they can alter their eating habits to different food. Snapper like warm temperatures for better spawning success and the survival of its eggs and young. It takes 4 to 5 years for snapper to grow from the larvae stage to about 27 to 30 cms or adulthood.

Snapper spawn over several weeks and stages when the water temperature is warm enough (usually above 18 degrees centigrade).

The eggs hatch in a couple of days, where at this stage the mortality rate is very high. Juvenile snapper have a very high mortality rate and as the fish get bigger the death rate decreases. Snapper spawn several times over the period and this I guess is Nature’s way to preserve the population. Female snapper wiggle to the surface releasing the eggs and the male simultaneously releasing sperm to form the bond. All snapper are born female, until they attain the age of puberty where nature dictates and changes some to males.

During year 3 and 4 of their lives about half of them undergo a sex change which is called a hermaphroditic stage, to become males.

How often have you gone out and found that the snapper are full on the sounder, the tides are great, the moon is sitting in the right phase, the winds are favourable and yet you have not scored a bite? Don’t worry – you are not the only one who has been in this situation. You would generally find this situation during the spawning cycle where the snapper could be real easy to catch or frustrate you.

Snapper form in massive schools of male and females along the coast to spawn. This is when they are fussy eaters and tend to get into the reproduction rhythm with all it has and as nature would have it.  It is at this time they tend to be aggressive as well, they may not take dead or cut bait but often they will attack a soft bait or bottom ship with a vengeance.  Cube sized bait works during these times as well and I find heading out into the deeper sandy and kelp areas produces better results. Lots of burley is also the key where it throws out a strong scent and arouses the bite.

Spawning is a very important time when nature dictates the future of our snapper. Taking what is really essential would be your way of sustaining this population.  Try not to keep too many of the spawning females if possible and do your bit. Males can be identified with the darker brown colour under the jaw and around the gill section. The females are generally white underneath.

Rigs for snapper:

Snapper can be caught on a variety of rigs either anchored or trawling.

(a) Stray line rigs: These are rigs with a meter or two of a 60 to 80 pound leader with hooks at the end and straying into the tide. The sinker is a running sinker just above the swivel joining the leader. Use the sinker weight according to the tidal stream. The lighter the sinker the better. Sometimes with a strong tidal stream, the sinker will have to be heavy to take your hooks close to the bottom.


(b) Ledger Rigs: These are rigs that have the sinker on the bottom of the 60 to 80 pound leader. The hooks are about a foot apart  on the ledger . The hooks for the ledger rigs could be just plain size 5 to size 8 /0 hooks or they could be flasher rigs. Flasher rigs could be lethal for targeting snapper.

(c) Soft Bait: There ‘s so many options available with soft baits. The bottom ships and the slow jigs can be very successful. Cast your soft bait into the tide and let it drift slowly. Techniques will change depending on what soft bait is being used.

The team from Big Snapper use big baits to catch Big Snapper, when drone fishing we use big squid then once we catch a kawaii we put a big piece of fresh Kawaii on with a cut up the middle at one end to make it look like a tail when getting pulled along.

Here is a 10.5 kg snapper caught off Matata beach using our Big Snapper set up we use.