Last updated on August 11, 2018
You’ve heard about paddle boarding, the latest craze water sport. As always we are looking to push the limits on this enjoyable sport and see how far we can take it. From doing yoga on these boards to the new fad of using your paddle board for your next fishing day. We love the idea of loading up a cooler and hitting the lake for a day of fishing. The best fishing sup will be one that is stable with a heavy weight capacity to carry you, your gear and your catch.
Paddle boarding is an incredibly fast growing sport and one that can connect with a number of different sports to make an extreme sport. A great workout in itself, paddle boards all carry main features that will be useful no matter how you intend to use your board.
We love paddle boarding and combining a day on the lake with some delicious fresh trout to cook up for dinner can’t get any better. That’s why we have done our research to find the best fishing paddle board.
How To Choose A Fishing Paddle Board – Buying Guide
- Paddleboards, especially inflatables, are easy to carry and store. You don’t need a large house to store them which means they will be better for people in smaller apartments.
- You are also able to have more of an aerial view of the water. Being able to scout the area out will allow you to see if you’re in weeds or if there are schools of fish around you.
- Paddleboards allow you to sneak up on your prey. They don’t sit as low in the water like kayaks. Instead, they sit on top of the water which makes them more stealthy.
- You are also able to walk around on your board. If you don’t like the angle of your cast you can simply rotate your body instead of having to move your entire rig.
- The biggest con to SUP fishing is the lack of storage space. Yes, you will have a bungee system, even two if you’re lucky, but that is still significantly less than in a kayak.
- Your chances of getting wet on a SUP are more likely than that in a kayak. Both require balance, but paddleboards are significantly more vulnerable in the water.
These are some of the best ways to fish as they are extremely portable and easy to use.
- There is an actual seat that you can relax in. Unlike a stand-up paddleboard where you have to bring along a seat, kayaks will have a built in comfortable seat.
- You are also less vulnerable to Mother Nature. You can even bring a blanket for your legs in a sit inside kayak.
- Kayaks are also typically more stable than paddleboards. They sit lower in the water and are less likely to tip.
- You won’t have as good of a view of the water as a SUP. Since you are restricted to a seated position you won’t have the best view of the water.
- Kayaks are much more difficult to carry and get to the beach. You will have to have a roof rack or trailer to transport them.
Which one is better you ask? That depends on your personal preference, the type of water you will be fishing on and your fishing style.
Do’s and Don’ts of SUP Fishing
Work With The Weather
Since SUPs sit higher in the water they are more susceptible to the water’s conditions. For example, if it’s windy and the water is choppy your time on the water will be rough. Also, if it’s raining the deck of your board can become slippery. Tides and currents can also affect how the board acts in the water.
All About The Anchor
Bringing a small, compact, foldable anchor will make worlds of difference when you’re fishing. It takes enough concentration to throw casts without having to keep yourself in position as well.
If you are fishing with more than one rod you will want to ensure your lines don’t get crossed. This is quite important especially when you have a big fish on the end of your line. You won’t want to have to deal with a knot which can divide your attention.
Stripping Mat: This is a spiked mat that sits under your feet and works to collect your line as you get your fly. This is especially important when you are going through choppy waters as it will keep your lines from tangling and flying off your board.
Stripping Basket: This is worn around your waist and serves the same purpose as the mat. Choosing between the two can be purely based on personal preference.
As SUP fishing has grown in popularity, there are many different accessories that you can buy in order to dress your board to your desire. Be sure to see what is available and choose the features you want to have.
You want your gear to be easily accessible while you are paddling as this will allow you to change your fishing gear with ease. In order to make that happen there are two ways you can pack it. The most popular way to do so is to attach your gear to your SUP deck. Otherwise, you can pack your gear into a carrier and strap it to your back while you paddle, although this can make your time less enjoyable. Regardless, you will want to pack all of your gear in a dry bag to ensure it stays safe.
Choosing your Fishing SUP:
A paddle board that is good for fishing will have features that are different than a standard board. Fishing on a paddleboard is a new twist on an already fun and popular sport. Companies have put time and money to design boards that specialize in this new activity. When looking to buy your next sup fishing board we recommend looking for the following characteristics.
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This will ensure that your board still remains afloat despite having a heavy load on. Nothing is worse than a board that is struggling with buoyancy when you are fishing. Ensure that your SUPs capacity accounts for your weight, and the weight of all the gear you intend on packing with you.
Width: Fishing on a paddleboard can be tricky if you don’t have the balance and stability to throw the perfect cast. A wide board, 30 inches or more, will not only give you the stability, but also allow you to get into the right stance. Also, it will give you the confidence to ride in choppy weather.
Thickness: The height of the fishing sup board will also come into play when fishing. Boards that are around 6 inches thick will ride high enough that no water will crest the board. This ensures that your feet will not get wet even if you are only wearing socks. A thicker board will also not flex when going over choppy water. Keep in mind this directly corresponds with weight capacity as heavier weights on a board will sink it more into the water.
Length: A longer board, when coupled with a wide stance and high frame, will create the ideal fishing sup. The length ensures that you can carry all of your gear and have enough room to move around freely.
Most boards come with some sort of padding on the board. When fishing it is important to make sure this is sufficient to stand on. Grip will not only allow you to stand comfortably, but will make your tackle and cooler not slide around when in choppy water. Boards nowadays are thick enough.
Foam pad for seating
An easily overlooked aspect of a paddleboard is the seating area. While paddle boards are typically designed for standing, when using for fishing you will spend quite a bit of time sitting. You want to be comfortable doing it. Paddle boards typically come with a foam non slip pad that will act as a foam comfort pad to sit on. Some paddle boards even go as far as to have a seat back that will provide back support while you fish.
SUPs come as either a hard material or an inflatable “soft” material. Often we associate items made from hard materials to be the most durable but this isn’t the case with paddle boards.
Hard materials typically refer to any sort of foam or hard plastic design where the board is rigid and does not collapse in size. These boards ride rigid and are excellent for beginners or those needing more stability. They also typically come with large non-slip foam pads for added grip.
Inflatable paddle boards are made using incredibly high-quality PVC that is sometimes military grade. They do not dent, bend or crack and collapse to fit into a backpack. Often riding like a rigid board, these boards are strong enough to bring your pup on board without fear of his nails causing damage.
Having a board equipped with a space to hold your paddles while you fish will provide a much needed peace of mind. Having to hold onto your paddle while you are fishing can prove extremely inconvenient and take away from your experience. If your board doesn’t have a designated space for this, buying a paddle that comes apart into smaller pieces that you can store under a bungee strap will have the same effect.
This can be as simple as some D-rings or as fancy as an enclosed cargo bay but never undervalue the usefulness of having storage space on the board. Having an enclosed storage bay is ideal as it can be turned into a cooler. Having a place to store your fishing poles and tackle will give you peace of mind while fishing.
One way to tell the quality of a paddle board, and the confidence of the company, is to see how long they will warranty a board for. A one-year material warranty is standard, but some companies include a money back guarantee and a warranty that stretches up to two or even three years.
Q: How to trick out a paddle board for fishing?
A: There are many things you can do to get your paddle board tricked out for fishing. A cooler can become the perfect seat while also keeping your beverages and food nice and cold. Some also have rod holders that can hold your rod and fishing net when you’re paddling out. A lightweight anchor can also hold you in place while not taking up a lot of storage space. You should also plan to have a waterproof backpack strapped to your paddle boards rigging. These handy pieces of gear make a watertight seal which allows you to bring your camera gear to get the best photos.
Q: How to stabilize a sup for fishing?
A: Specially designed fishing SUPs will have built in systems that add stability to your time on the water. If you find that this is still not enough there are inflatable pontoons you can attach to your board which ensure you can walk around without tipping at all. These add ons will make it slightly more difficult to paddle but can give you the ability to go out even in rough waters with ease.
We strongly recommend boards that are at least 6 inches thick to fish on. This will allow give you the capacity you need for all your gear. It also ensures that you can sit above the water without getting your feet wet. This may not sound like a big deal but it will allow you to take out your board even in the winter.
Q: Where do you put fish when sup fishing?
A: Many people bring along a garbage bag that they put in their cooler. This will keep your catch separate from your food and beverage while keeping it cold. Other people like to bring along a separate bucket especially for their catch. The only issue with this is that it can heat it up if you spend the entire day on the water.
Q: Where to put sup paddle when fishing?
A: If you are planning on using your SUP to fish we suggest getting paddle clips. This will attach to a part of your boat and allow you to strap your paddle to it. You can then use both hands to get set up and throw the perfect casts without your paddle floating away or balancing precariously on your board.
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Paddle boarding can be a very serene and meditative hobby, as is fishing, so it makes sense that these two would be combined. To ensure you get the most out of this fun and relaxing excursion ensure you pick a board you are comfortable with and one that will support you and your gear. Fishing sup boards are quickly becoming a popular trend and companies are putting more focus on ensuring that their boards meet your standards. All of the boards on our list are excellent for both sup use as well as to catch fish.
Ever used your SUP for fishing? Have a board on our list? Let us know how you like it in the comment section below.