Stand up paddleboard fishing or SUP Fishing
Paddleboards are great for recreation and fitness, and people continue to come up with new uses for them – including SUP fishing!
Since anglers are always looking for an opportunity to drop a line in the water, it’s no surprise they have figured out how to fish from a stand up paddleboard (SUP).
It turns out that SUPs are a great option for fishing:
- They are lightweight and easy to transport
- Easier to maneuver than boats or kayaks
- SUPs glide silently through the water, so they are less likely to scare the fish
- Fishing while standing up gives you better range of motion for casting
You can fish using a regular SUP, or purchase a paddleboard that is made specifically for fishing.
Fishing SUPs can be bought decked out with everything you need to get out on the water, including:
- D-rings and bungee straps to hold your gear
- 3-piece paddles that can be stored under bungee cords or on a clip, so they are out of the way while you are fishing
- Heavier weight capacity – so they can hold you, all your gear, and your catch
- Scotty mounts so you can attach rod holders, cup holders, or accessory clips
- Fish finders
- Bait trays
- Folding seat back
Paddleboards are more portable than a boat, and can be dropped in the water just about anywhere:
WHICH TYPE OF BOARD IS BETTER FOR FISHING?
There are a lot of factors to consider, but 2 to keep in mind when choosing a board are:
1) A wider board will give you more stability
2) A longer board will give you more room for your gear, and allow you to move around freely
Below we compare some of the features of solid and inflatable boards
SOLID SUP – EPOXY, PLASTIC OR CARBON FIBER:
- Solid boards perform best on water – they are faster, smoother and travel with less effort than inflatable boards
- More rigid, than inflatable boards, so they feel more stable
- Glide quietly across the water’s surface
- Cost more than an inflatable SUP
- Lightweight and more portable than a solid board – so they are easy to travel with
- Wider deck space
- Easier to store – they require much less space than a solid board
- Inflatables are slower in the water than solid boards
ACCESSORIZING YOUR SUP
There are many fishing accessories available for use on a SUP, and you can customize your board to best suit your needs:
- Dry bag
- Cup holder
- Storage net
- Fishing rod holder
- Bait tray
- Fish finders
Don’t forget your waterproof camera!