Paddle boarding has grown rapidly in the past few years and has established itself as a favorite among water sports enthusiasts. And if you've ever tried angling on a paddle board then you already know it offers a myriad of benefits when compared to fishing on a boat or kayak.
For one, paddle boards are super versatile, and you can catch a ton of fish with them, regardless of whether you're in fresh or salt water. They move silently through the water, allowing you to approach and get up close to a target without alarming it. They're also really light and easy to carry, a handy feature for when you're fishing in far out destinations, and being on a fishing paddle board all day, doubles as great exercise as well.
Other added advantages from angling on a fishing SUP is that they allow you to see fish from far out as you're in a standing position, and they're typically less expensive than using a traditional boat. Granted, maintaining balance while angling on your paddle board might be a bit of a mission at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find that it's loads of fun!
And if you're in the market for a paddle board that works great for anglers, here are some suggestions for some that rate well when it comes to performance, affordability, and quality.
According to experts, this is THE fishing SUP to get. It's built-in features like double-sided rails, and rod holders were designed with anglers in mind. It also has three safety chambers and elastic bungee cords to load stuff onto the board.
Also, this stand up paddle board comes with a pump and gauge, a backpack and a center fin to help stabilize the SUP through different water conditions. Another cool extra is the fishing cooler box, which can double as a chair for when you get tired of standing.
This board features beautiful ornate designs to mark out its different functions, and it comes in three colors, mainly orange, yellow and green. With this, you won't have to wonder where to place your equipment, as it comes with four fishing mounts, two-rod holders, and a paddle clip. It's also got mounted handles and a snap-in fin that you can just click in, and you're ready to go.
In terms of storage, you're looking at two awesome options. It's got a smaller storage hatch on the back, and there's a bigger front cargo hatch that you can use to load up stuff like snacks and your water supply for the day.
It's a pretty durable board, made from polyethylene and you can use it nearly everyday of the summer without worrying about any malfunctions. It also includes deck bungees and a flip up seat, and it weighs about 100 pounds.
This vibrantly colored SUP package comes with the board itself, which has a removable seat, height adjustable paddle, fins, high-pressure pump, footrest, closing belt, a waterproof phone case and a backpack to put everything in.
Weighing at only 21.3 lbs, this SUP is lightweight and easy to carry around, which is particularly useful if you'll be traveling on foot to some off grid fishing nook.
You might think that because it's an inflatable, it's not as durable as the solid kind, but you'll find that when fully pumped, this SUP can compete with the best of them. It's strong, stable, resilient and scratch resistant. To top it off, it's ridiculously easy to setup and inflating it takes only about 6 minutes with the help of a short, 1-page instruction manual which comes with pictures to show you how it's done. Perfect for first timers.
This inflatable board from Tower is known for it's versatility and durability, with a design that includes a front bungee. It's made from durable military grade PVC, which is thick and robust. In fact, you can pump it once and use it for up to a month without this thing losing air, that's how solid it is.
It has the feel of a standard hard paddle board and can easily handle up to 350 lbs of weight on the water, and has a width of 6". It's also extremely resistant to scratches and dings and can withstand any weather condition that you expose it to, whether hot or cold.
The entire package consists of the board, a removable fin, an adjustable fiberglass paddle, pump and gauge, and even a repair kit. Ideal for novices.
Constructed using military grade PVC, this fishing paddle board is designed with individual D-rings, and plenty of storage options including strong bungee systems on the nose and tail ends.
The board comes with a carrying backpack, an adjustable aluminum paddle, detachable seat, and a high-pressure pump with pressure gauge. As a result of inflating to 15 PSI, this SUP is incredibly lightweight while the high-density PVC makes it extremely hard-wearing.
Although you should ideally be standing up on this, you can choose to sit down using its detachable chair, and it remains stable either way.
When inflated, this board stands at 6” thick, 10' long and 30' wide, with a weight capacity of up to 350lbs. It's constructed using three layers of durable PVC material and is rigidly shaped for smooth performance on the water. It's hard wearing and resistant to abrasions and scrapes on hard surfaces.
The dual action hand pump makes it simple to inflate this in 10 minutes or less. It's relatively lightweight and can be easily carried by one person for longish distances. It's also quite thick and stable, with a non-slip EVA diamond groove deck traction pad to help keep you balanced on the board. Once deflated, this travels well in a comfortable custom made backpack with adjustable straps.
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This bright blue colored Vilano is made from high-quality PVC and enforced with Korean drop-stitching which gives it lasting durability. It's got a rigid feel to it, almost like you're standing on a proper hard board.
When inflated, it has expected dimensions of 10' x 31" with 6" of thickness and a maximum carrying capacity of 250lbs. The deck area features grip-friendly diamond groove with multiple stainless steel D-rings and a bungee area that makes for ideal storage.
Aside from the board, the package also comes with a pump and pressure gauge, a 3-piece Aluminium paddle, detachable fin, repair kit and a carry bag with adjustable straps. With the carry bag, you can easily pop this into your car's back seat or trunk for convenient mobility. Perfect for anglers who like traveling.
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Judging from the boom in paddle board fishing over the past few years, it's safe to say that this trend is here to stay. From being able to move silently and smoothly over water to their portability and versatility, paddle boards offer so many benefits for anglers that typical boats just can't live up to.
And with SUPs being specifically designed with features that favor fishermen, I'd say there's no better time than now to get in on the action. All the best with choosing your SUP, and have fun on the water out there!