Stand up paddle boarding is one of the best summer activities. Unlike a kayak that is dedicated to only one or two activities, paddleboards are worlds more versatile. You can do everything from fishing to yoga while on your board. When this is coupled with the fact that inflatable boards are able to fit in a backpack you have a sport that is more accessible than ever. These easy to maneuver boards are growing in popularity. The list of what you can do with your board is seemingly endless. Setting out onto the water for a peaceful day is made better when bringing along your fishing gear. Stand or sit, bring along a cooler and some friends and head to the lake.
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1. What To Pack
When heading out for some SUP fishing, you will want to pack light and strategic. Unlike a dedicated kayak or aluminum boat, there are no walls that keep your gear completely secure. Yes, there are bungee systems on most boards, and lightweight storage boxes that can keep your gear safe, but you will still want to travel light. Start with only the gear you need, like a fishing rod, bait, tackle and some snacks. From there you can slowly build your gear based on your needs.
Especially for the first few times expect to go into the water. You will want to have your gear secure so that you don’t lose anything. You can even attach floats to your gear so they don’t disappear if you do tip. So bring gear that you don’t mind getting wet. As you get more confident you can add gear to your rig.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat. Even if you are used to being out in the sun it’s a whole different thing when you’re on the water for extended periods of time. The water acts like a magnifier that makes the UV rays even worse. It is also worthwhile to bring lots of beverages to stay hydrated.
2. Have A Plan
We highly suggest getting used to your board before you take it fishing with all of your gear. Fishing on a SUP is completely different from fishing from a boat. SUPs are less stable and require you to balance while you throw casts.
We suggest starting fishing from a lake. This will reduce the number of things that can wrong. There won’t be a current that you have to take into account and the waves will be smaller than that of the ocean.
A lake will also give you confidence when launching and docking. You can plan to enter and exit from the same spot. Find a lake that has a sandy entry point. This is easier than a rocky shore and will cause less damage to you and your board if something goes wrong.
It’s best to also have a plan for the weather. If it starts to get windy or rainy being able to get to shore quickly will be key.
3. Have The Right Gear
If you are planning to go fishing you will need to pack all your fishing gear as well as your board and paddle. Outfitting your board with some quality accessories will help to ensure that you are fully prepared. As there is limited space on your board you will want to make sure that you pack everything efficiently. This is going to start with a bucket. This will be used to hold your bait.
You will also want a cast net. You may be worrying about how to efficiently throw a cast net. This skill is much easier than you may think. First, you will want to throw a shorter net, typically closer to 5 feet in length. If you are less comfortable on a SUP try kneeling while you cast to start. This will help you get comfortable with the off balance motion of throwing a cast. Once you get more confident you can move to your feet and try casting from there. From there tie the cast net to you’re board as it’s not being used.
4. Caring For Your Board
While the price for paddle boards has gone way down, they still require a significant investment. For this reason, it is important to take good care of your sup. This means storing it safely and placing a specific importance on safe transportation. There are many roof racks that you can buy that will help you transport it easily. For hard SUPs, you may want to invest in a board bag that will help to further protect your board. Inflatable boards are much easier to transport and can be thrown in the back of your car with ease.
Every time you use your sup in the water, you will want to rinse it off afterwards. This is especially true if you are going between different bodies of water as your board can hold different microbes that can cross contaminate. It is especially important to rinse your board after any trip in salt water. Be sure to not expose your SUP board to any more sunlight than needed. Storing it indoors will help to prolong the lifespan of your SUP. Investing in a storage rack will save not only time but space as well.
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SUP fishing is a relatively new sport that fisherman everywhere are embracing. With many boards being designed specifically for fishing this sport is now more accessible than ever before. Combining the great workout with a calm day on the water is the perfect match. Paddleboards are relatively inexpensive, light and easy to use making them a great option for some lake fishing. Your SUP can also take you places that a full size boat can’t. You will be able to fish in the shallows or in a lake with logs and deadheads.
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