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Fishing On Stand Up Paddle Board

Fishing on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Fishing On Stand Up Paddle Board

What’s Up With SUPs

Stand Up Paddleboards or SUPs have become a go-to fishing vessel for shallow water anglers across the globe. With the increase of inflatable paddle boards, the ability for anglers to store and transport their fishing watercraft has become exponentially easier than with even modest watercraft like kayaks and canoes. With multiple benefits like shallow draft and ease of use, paddleboards are an option that should be closely considered for any angler. This article will cover why to consider a paddleboard, what to look for when choosing one, and essential equipment for the board. We will also share tips and tricks to make your paddleboard fishing even more successful. 

Why Choose A Paddleboard For Fishing 

There are many reasons why paddleboards are an outstanding option for fishermen. First and foremost is that stand-up paddleboards are lightweight and easy to transport. Most anglers do not have a slip or beachfront home, even garage storage for many is limited. A solid paddleboard takes up much less space than a sit-on-top kayak or canoe. An inflatable SUP like those from iROCKER, BOTE or GILI takes up even less space. There are great options on the market for those that counter with an inflatable kayak, but in a head-to-head race, that inflates faster. The paddleboard is the winner. 

Another advantage paddleboards have over kayaks is the vantage benefit. Paddleboards were designed to be stable enough to stand on. So much so that people do yoga on their boards. I’m more interested in walking the dog for snook than I am with the downward dog, but the knowledge that a SUP will let me stand and look for schooling fish on the flats will put the odds of success in my favor over sitting low to the water in a kayak.  

Stand-up Paddleboards also draw very little water. Being able to glide over sandbars and grass beds with no concern for running aground is great. Scanning for fish and not being concerned with how shallow the river may be allows anglers to get way back to the holes and lagoons that bigger boats and even wading anglers won’t get to. 

What To Look For In Fishing Paddleboards

We’ve covered reasons you should choose a paddleboard for fishing, but now it’s time to cover what a fishing paddleboard should be. Regardless of whether you have opted for a solid or inflatable paddleboard, you should look for an option to accommodate a seat. We will cover why you will want a seat a bit further down in the article but double-check that the brand you purchase from has this option. 

Having rod holders will make your time fishing much more manageable. Like seats, we will be reviewing specific options later, but finding a company like BOTE that makes rod holders that fit into the integrated attachment points will save you the headache of figuring out how to attach aftermarket rod holders. 

Check the weight limits on your paddleboard. Unlike playing around on a paddleboard, fishing will require gear, additional attachments, and probably a loaded cooler. All of these add-ons will increase your total weight. Make sure your board holds more than you; otherwise, you will have a sluggish board or a very wet ride. 


The best part of any fishing vessel is to deck it out in the coolest gear. Stand-up Paddleboards are no exception. To make this section’s navigation easier, we will pick a category, then list a few of our favorite options and where to purchase them.


Trying to stand and paddle over a long distance can be tiring. Being able to sit allows for 1: less fatigue on your body. And 2: faster propulsion. Sitting lower on the board allows you to cover more water with a stroke of your paddle. If you are trying to chase a school of blitzing fish, the extra speed will be worth it. 

Kayak Seat from IROCKER 

Designed to clip directly to your IROCKER board, the kayak seat is a lightweight option for those who want the added lumbar support of a traditional seat.  

Kula Bucket cooler from BOTE 

The Kula fits into multiple categories of essential equipment. It’s a cooler, drink dispenser, watertight storage, and a nonslip seat. While calling it a seat may be a little much, when paired with one of BOTE’s accessory racks, it becomes an elevated seat and more. 

Rod Holder

As we mentioned above, having a rod holder or four… is an absolute must for any fishing craft. Regardless if you are keeping rods at the ready, trolling, or fishing live bait, the only thing more important than having rod mounts is being able to access them when needed. 

Fishing Rod Holder by IROCKER 

These adjustable rod holders attach to any action point mount on your board and can be rotated to act as out-roders for trolling.  

Triple Rod Holder by Scotty 

There aren’t many more efficient options for mounting on a hard paddleboard than the Scotty triple rod holder. One attachment point gives you three holders that can be positioned in multiple independent directions. This can be a lot of fun if you plan on trolling a few lures behind your board while cruising around schools of fish. 

Tackle Rac by Bote 

Just like we alluded earlier, the Bote Tackle Rac adds not only a rod holder but a backrest for your bucket seat. These racks are solid, weighing only four pounds. You won’t feel the weight difference, but you will certainly see the advantages of the rac. On older model boards, the slide in Aero-rac adapters is required. 


Keeping your SUP in one spot, whether on the shore or in a channel, is pivotal for fishing. Having an anchor system that won’t overload your board but keep you in one place will make your trip that much better. 


At just over three pounds, the collapsible anchor folds down to avoid getting in the way. When open, the arms of IROCKER’s anchor dig into sand or hard bottom with ease, making you feel confident you aren’t going anywhere. With 64 feet of line, you have more than enough line to stay tethered to the deep channel. 

Sand Spike

For shallow water anchoring a sand, spike is a fantastic option. Easy to set and disengage, this fiberglass pole will keep you in the same spot and give you the time needed to work an area thoroughly.  

YakStick Floating Stake-Out Stick by YakGear 

The yakstick doubles as a push pole for shallow water maneuvering at six feet long. Weighing under two pounds, this pole won’t add much weight to your setup or tire your arms while polling.  

Sand Spear by IROCKER 

The Sand Spear Combo comes with an anchor point to keep your SUP in one spot and attaches to your paddle. This allows you to save space and store easier.   

Practice Before The Season

If you live in an environment where you can practice all year, that’s even better, but for anglers starting on paddleboards, it’s important to get a feel for your board without all the gear. Getting comfortable maneuvering and balancing on your board is required. Take a spill or two without all your gear, possibly going for a swim.  

Buy Gear Holders 

There are no sides on a paddleboard which means everything is fair game to roll into the water. Vertical rod holders will keep your rods clear of your feet and paddle. Any other gear you may want to bring should also have a place, either secured from a mounting point or under the Bungie cords in place on the front and back of most boards.  

Wear A PFD

Just because the board floats doesn’t mean you should ever be out without a life vest. Buy a vest that fits you well and keep it in good condition. Wash it off with fresh water and allow it to dry before storing it away. Don’t worry about tan lines; you can always even it out when you are back onshore. 

Keep It Simple

You can fit half a dozen rods, a fully stocked cooler, a go pro, fishfinder, push pole, and a tackle box on your paddleboard, but that doesn’t mean you should. Adding weight across your board will slow down your trip. Also worth noting that you probably won’t need all that gear. Paddleboard fishing is like ultralight hiking. The reward is getting out there and succeeding, not bringing an entire shop’s worth of equipment with you. Trust us, at the end of the trip, the last thing you want to do is carry all that gear back to your vehicle. 

Check The Weather

For your safety, you must keep an eye on the weather. While your paddleboard can handle some swells, we are out here to fish, not surf. Furthermore, wind and tide are your friends, not your enemies. If the wind is expected to drive in one direction all day, adjust your fishing plans to capitalize on areas where the wind will help you get there. 

Stand-up Paddleboards are a fantastic way to experience fishing on a whole new level. From their advantages in stealth, ease of use, and even storage, it’s no wonder why they have become a common sight in the shallow waters around the nation. With the list of tips and gear recommendations, it won’t be long before you have a paddleboard of your own and begin the journey of creating the perfect fishing platform for yourself. 

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