Fishing on a paddle board is growing more and more popular. Instead, of investing thousands of dollars in a boat and motor people are turning to a more cost effective way of enjoying the sport of fishing. By fishing on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) you can enjoy fishing one day and have a relaxing paddle on the water the next.
1. Choosing the right SUP
Having the right stand up paddleboard is crucial for fishing. You will need to be able to bring all of your gear without struggling. This means your board will need to not only have storage but also the weight capacity to carry you and your tackle.
SUPs weight capacity can vary depending on a few variables. It may seem counterintuitive but inflatable boards can typically carry more weight. They also ride higher meaning you can rest assured your feet won’t get wet unless you want them to. SUP capacities can range from 200 lbs to upwards of 350lbs. For you to have the best time fishing on your board we recommend it have at least a 300 lb weight capacity.
Paddle boards can’t utilize an in hull storage like modern kayaks do. Instead, they will have a bungee system that will help you with securing all of your gear to your board. Even inflatable paddle boards have excellent systems that are robust and will hold your gear securely.
The ride height will also play a factor in your decision of board. Inflatables are generally around 4-6 inches thick. We recommend a board that is no less than 6 inches. This is the ideal thickness if you are wanting to stay dry. A board that is less than that will ride lower in the water, especially when weighed down with gear, and even a small amount of wake will crest the board.
When fishing in a fishing kayak you are faced with a terrible glare only able to see the very surface of the water. Having the ability to stand up on a paddle board will give you a much better line of visibility to see deeper in the water. Of course, this is only the case if you are actually able to see. The harsh sun can wreak havoc on your day and that is why having a pair of polarized sunglasses can make your day even better. Filtering out the glare along the surface of the water this type of sunglasses will allow you to see even deeper.
3. Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
Even if you aren’t planning on heading into deep water you should bring a personal floatation device (PFD) with you. The weather can change in a blink of an eye. If you end up in the water you will be much safer with a PFD or life vest. The ideal is to find one that is low profile enough that you can wear at all times. After all, having a life vest strapped to your board won’t help you in case of an emergency.
There are many versions to choose from. We find the traditional over the head style too bulky. It will get in the way of your perfect cast which means you will elect not to wear it. Instead, opt for a life vest that has thin straps around your shoulders with the floatation device around your stomach. This will give you a complete freedom, and even feel like you’re not wearing one.
No matter how good you are at fishing your day can always be better with the right gear. This is especially true when it comes to fishing on your SUP. A gearbox will give you a place to store all of the smaller items you need like a tackle box and even a spot for your rods and paddle.
The key is to find one that is ultra lightweight but still features loads of pockets and storage options. This will allow you to carry everything you need without weighing down your rig. A compact carrier will also give you the ability to still use the bungee system at the front of your rig.
A stabilizer set will allow you to throw your casts without reducing your stability. This is a simple device that has straps that wrap around your paddleboard with large pontoons on either side. Our favorite one is inflatable which makes it incredibly easy to store and transport to the water.
Have you found the perfect fishing spot? An anchor can keep you in the perfect spot. Even a lake with no tide or current can still push your rig around. To combat this, simply drop it and attach it to your paddleboards strap system.
A cooler can do double duty when it comes to a day on your SUP. Not only can it store and keep your drinks cold, but also act as a seat. We love being able to sit back and relax while on the water. If you plan it right you can even put your feet up on your gearbox and wait for the fish to start biting. The best part is that most coolers have built in cup holders. That sounds like the perfect day to us.
6. Sun Protection
Any fisherman knows the long hours this sport demands. For most this is part of the appeal. The extended exposure to the elements is likely to put a strain on your body. Coming prepared with a hat and some strong SPF will help block out those rays and ensure that you can aren’t at risk for sunstroke.
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Having the right gear can make your day go from good to great. Being able to park yourself in the perfect spot and throw your casts will also make it easier to catch the big one. Knowing about the ideal fishing stand up paddleboard will make your decision that much easier. After all, it shouldn’t be difficult to get to the water.
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What’s your favorite piece of gear for your SUP? Let us know in the comment section below!