Whether you are a veteran angler looking to spice up your fishing experience or an enthusiast in search of a new hobby to take up, paddleboard fishing may be just your cup of tea.
The practice is gaining more and more popularity as an alternative to the more traditional kayak fishing, although the latter is still ahead in terms of total equipment sales. Paddleboarding as a sport is, however, consistently attracting new supporters due to its novelty and the added features that the equipment supports.
On the other hand, paddleboarding provides fishermen and women with a much sought-after simplicity which can enhance the fishing experience. If you are one of the many anglers who appreciate the chance to wind down during a fishing session, connecting with nature and detaching from the hustle and bustle of daily life, try equipping yourself with a paddleboard and get ready for a relaxing fishing session.
Why You Should Give It a Try
One of the most obvious advantages to a paddleboard is the relative ease of transporting it from your home to the body of water where you intend to cast your fishing rod. If your priority is flexibility and mobility, then nothing will give you the ability to move around as easily as an inflatable board which allows you to carry your fishing equipment wherever your passion drives you.
Unlike fishing kayaks, where you sit while out on the water, stand up paddle boards (also known as SUPs) allow you to stand while fishing. This has the comparative advantage of allowing you to better position your fishing rail and offers you a great perspective of the fish swimming around the board.
Another feature worth taking into consideration when deciding to try paddleboard fishing is the agility it provides to the angler. The SUP’s shape and size provide you with considerable maneuverability when it comes to moving from one place to another so that you can more easily move around to the spots where your prey is. In addition to this, a paddleboard will glide more silently on the surface of the water so you can approach the fish unnoticed.
Some anglers may even find an additional incentive in the physical exercise involved in the maneuvering of the paddleboard. The upright position works out both your lower and your upper body, as you use your arms to paddle and your legs to keep the balance. What is more, if you ever get tired of standing you can always have a seat on your fishing cooler.
What You Will Need
Paddleboard fishing might be just the right sport for those of you who long for a new experience which can be at the same time challenging and recreational. This is a relatively cheap way to get on the water and catch some fish, as you can get away with using a minimalistic set of tools, without the need for a massive investment.
To begin with, you will need to equip yourself with a simple fishing rod or a hand line, a board and, of course, a paddle. Should you choose the former, it might be a good idea to devise a holder for your rod as your hands will be busy paddling while on the water.
The trick to making the most of the limited space available on the board is to use an ice box as a multifunctional tool: it can serve as a cheap fishing chair, a container for your lunch, and a storage box for the fish you are about to catch. For safety reasons, it is advisable to secure your fishing cooler tightly using a strap in order to prevent it from falling overboard.
While your experience will probably be just as fun using your board’s basic features you may want to make some tiny yet efficient adjustments for the sake of convenience. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth fishing session and to make sure that no accidents occur is to attach an anchor to your board. This will prevent your board from drifting out of spots where you have identified the best catch.
Regardless of your swimming abilities, it is always better to stay on the safe side and put on a life jacket every time you take a fishing trip on your paddleboard. For maximum safety always keep in mind that the SUP is more prone to getting carried away by the wind. Use the currents to your advantage to avoid unwanted incidents and to make the most of your fishing trip.
Challenges You Might Encounter
While there are many affordable options on offer out there, purchasing a paddleboard is still slightly more costly than other variants such as kayaks. This could be the case especially with those paddleboards which have built-in gadgets to enable a smoother fishing session. If you are eager to try out something new but can’t really bring yourself around to paying a fortune on fishing gear, what you can do is purchase an affordable paddleboard then equip it with DIY accessories.
Because fishing on a SUP can be rather physically demanding, some anglers may not be very excited about standing up and working their whole body to get the board in motion. For those of you who prefer a more relaxing fishing experience with less effort involved, a kayak may be a more suitable choice.
Storage space could be another downside of the limited room available on the paddleboard. One practical way to fix this is by bringing along a waterproof backpack in which you carry the essentials for a successful fishing trip — your cell phone, the keys to your house, your wallet, waders for women or men, etc.
If you are a novice in paddleboard fishing, you might want to pay special attention to your center of gravity. While experience will teach you how to position yourself in order to maintain the stability of your SUP and move around effortlessly, it is better to err on the side of caution for the first couple of trips so as to avoid a big splash.