How do you rig your SUP for fishing? Stand Up Paddling is perfect for accessing shallow waterways. Standing up on a paddle board offers a greater vantage point for viewing the sea grass and all the fish that swim in it. I’ve been able to identify fishing areas by seeing where the schools are commonly found around various paddling locations. Fishing paddle boards have been growing in demand as the sport of Stand Up Paddling continues to expand. Some companies have designed boards specific to fishing. But what does that really mean?
Rig a SUP Fishing Board
In general when a board company designs a paddle board specific to fishing it means the dimensions are different. Typically the companies are making the boards wider and placing additional mounts for accessories into the epoxy. Always look into the dimensions, and materials of board before deciding on board based on brand. In general plastic models are very heavy and hard to maneuver well in the water. The benefit is that plastic models are less expensive and can also make a very stable floating device. For a paddle board that will last the longest, epoxy holds up best. An epoxy board would be my first choice, as long as storage is not an issue. Most paddle boards are 11’ or 12’ in length. This is not ideal for people in condos or travelers that want to bring their boards everywhere. The technology of inflatable paddle boards has greatly improved over the past few years. The prices are variable, but high quality inflatables are on the market. A durable inflatable board usually goes for the same price of an epoxy board around $1000.
Be Stable while SUP Fishing
What should you look for if you’re looking to get into the sport of SUP fishing? A stable board is going to keep you on your paddle board while fishing. That’s why most of the board companies manufacturing “Fishing Boards” have changed the dimensions around. What makes a stable board? The right amount of width. Typically paddle boards are 31″ wide. Stability is greatly increased by adding more width to the board. SUP Fishing Board are mostly 32″-33″ wide. A board that is too wide is hard to turn in the water. Most companies have kept the length the same 11’ or 12’ models. There may be other perks too when purchasing a paddle board specially for SUP Fishing. Usually SUP fishing boards have accessory mounts to make rigging your SUP for fishing easier than having to improvise.
BOTE Boards = PERFECT SUP Fishing Board
BOTE Paddle Boards is one company that has perfected accessories for SUP fishing. Fishing models have mounts for tackle racks, coolers, rod holders, and the usual bungees to hold down gear. SUP Englewood is a local dealer for BOTE Paddle Boards. If you’re interested in purchasing call (941) 234-4311. The BOTE Flood HD model features a displacement hull and double concave bottom allowing this board to cut through the water while remaining super stable. This board is not only functional it is also eye-catching, however at the starting price of $1749 it may be considered a little pricey.
Rig any SUP for Fishing
Get out on the water and try SUP fishing on any paddle board. A few tips will help you to rig any SUP for fishing. First of all, every one needs to bring accessories with them for a fishing trip. The trick is knowing how to keep all your gear on the board. I would recommend using a paddle board that only has ¾ covered in deck pad. By having a board with an exposed nose of epoxy will allow for more options for fishing accessories. Rod holders with suction cup mounts attach perfectly to the epoxy on a paddle board. There are also GoPro camera mounts in case you plan on filming your fishing adventure. The bungees at the front of the board are great for securing items that you do not want falling off of the board. Using plastic clips or carabiners to attach bait buckets, and tackle bags will help keep your gear from slipping off the board. You can rig any board for SUP Fishing with the right accessories.
Tip for brining a cooler SUP Fishing
Coolers are easy to bring along and usually just sit on the front or back of the board without interference. When strapping down equipment to the board avoid placing a strap all the way around the board. To prevent drag from interfering with your paddling experience, always secure items appropriately. All items should simply be secured on the top of the board for easier use. The best philosophy is keeping it simple! Bring what you need and have a great time on the water.