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Best Stand Up Fishing Paddle Board SUPs

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.

Our Favorite Fishing Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Aqua Marina Drift Fishing Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board


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 Fish cooler box, which can double as a chair for when you get tired of standing.

What We like

  • The center fin gives it a lot of stability, allowing you to cast as far and wide as you like without losing balance
  • It can easily handle choppy water conditions and glides smoothly on the water
  • Very sturdy and strong feels like a hard board
  • Comes with a Fish cooler box that you can use as a chair
  • Convenient double-sided rails and rod holders

What We Don't like

  • Inflating this is HARD. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes of serious effort to get it to recommended size 

Imagine Surf V2 Wizard Angler SUP


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 100lbs.

What We like

  • This is a durable SUP constructed from sturdy blow molded polyethylene, which means that it can withstand daily use without getting dents and scrapes
  • It's specially designed for anglers, as evidenced by awesome features like the two-rod holders and four fishing mounts that it comes with
  • It glides through water and handles waves effortlessly, allowing you to catch those fish worry free
  • It can easily accommodate more than one person without losing balance, and your dogs will love it too
  • It comes in different colors to express your personality, mainly orange, green and yellow
  • The snap-in fin makes it water-ready in seconds
  • Great storage options make this an ideal SUP for day long fishing excursions

What We Don't like

  • Heavy and awkward to carry around, but is manageable with two people carrying it
  • The storage hatches are not waterproof, which means you'll have to always drain them after every trip and it's probably a good idea not to store your phone or anything that might get water damage in there

Zray Paddle Board Inflatable SUP Package


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.

What We like

  • It's scratch-resistant, hard wearing and long lasting
  • It's easy to setup and use. Usually, takes less than 7 minutes to fully inflate as per directions in the simple manual and you're ready to go
  • It comes with a one year warranty
  • Lightweight and easy to carry, even when inflated
  • It's super portable and comes with a backpack which you can use to pack in your board, paddle and the pump
  • It comes with a seat so you can use it as a kayak for when you start getting tired from standing the whole time
  • Great value for money, this comes at a reasonable price for the quality and considering that it can last for years
  • Waterproof phone bag to protect your phone from water damage

What We Don't like

  • Fitting more than one person into this comfortably can be a challenge, but it is doable, depending on the weight of course

Tower Paddle Boards iSUP Package


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.

What We like

  • This comes with a reassuring two-year warranty
  • When inflated, the board is solid and sturdy
  • It's 6" thick with a weight capacity of 350 lbs, which means you can easily take your child or dog with you on this
  • You can easily store this anywhere, and it's portability also makes it easy to travel with
  • Maintaining balance while on the water is super easy on this board, as it's made from super durable materials and has the solidity of a hard paddle board
  • It comes with a convenient repair kit consisting of a wrench, patching material and a wide strap, a thoughtful feature in the unlikely instance that your board sustains some damage
  • Pump once and enjoy
  • Great customer service from Tower

What We Don't like

  • Although this is a versatile board, it's not designed specifically for anglers and is not the best fishing SUP
  • It's not very easy to maneuver and turn on the water and tends to wobble a bit here and there

ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Stand Up Paddle Board


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.

What We like

  • Comes with a one year guarantee with an additional 30-day risk-free warranty that allows you to take it back in the event of you not 'liking' it
  • It comes with a detachable seat which morphs the paddle board into a kayak when you want it to be
  • It's a very stable board that allows you to remain balanced after long periods of standing
  • The non-slip deck part will keep your feet warm when fishing in cold water conditions
  • Comes at a great price range
  • The detachable fin makes tracking easier and is a critical feature of this board
  • Beautifully made, this scores a 10 in the looks department

What We Don't like

  • It takes a LOT of effort to get this inflated and water-ready
  • It's a bit on the slow side and can be difficult to move around on the water. Quick, decisive turns are out of the question with this one

iRocker Inflatable SPORT Stand Up Paddle Board


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.

What We like

  • Easily glides on the water for easy maneuvering
  • Adjustable aluminum paddle allows you to change it to suit your height for ultimate comfort
  • iRocker stands behind their product with a two-year manufacturer's warranty cover
  • Comes with sturdy backpack featuring adjustable shoulder straps for convenient and comfortable mobility
  • Setup is fairly simple and takes less than 10 minutes even for the most unfit angler, and deflating it after is even faster
  • It comes with great storage options; the front part works especially well for keeping things like a tackle box or a cooler box
  • Super affordable

What We Don't like

  • Detachable fin doesn't track well in choppy water and tends to pop out frequently when the water gets rowdy

Vilano Navigator Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board


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.

What We like

  • This comes with a 1-year warranty that covers workmanship and material related failures
  • Lightweight and travel-friendly with a nice carry bag- these are ideal for airport travel as they fall below the usual airport luggage weight that gets checked
  • Setup, inflating AND deflating is relatively straightforward and easy to do for most
  • The board is sturdy and holds a solid shape resembling that of a hard board
  • Easy to carry, even when inflated
  • Great price
  • This board can easily carry two people if they're at the recommended max weight of 250 lbs for side-by-side angling

What We Don't like

  • Some reviewers commented that the instruction manual could do with a bit more detail
  • The paddle screws can be a bit problematic
  • Although this board holds up well, the material doesn't remain durable for long and tends to fall apart with regular use. But then again, you get what you pay for and will be fine if you don't mind constantly patching the holes that might come up.

Fishing on the Go

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!

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