Fishing skills

Tips to improve your SUP fishing skills


Stand up paddleboarding is more and more popular. It’s a great workout, as well as a quiet, fun way to get out into the great outdoors and experience nature. If you are an angler, it is only natural to mix the two. Fishing from your SUP can be tough, but at the same time it’s a fun and unique touch compared to your regular fishing. However, learning to fish from a stand-up paddle board can be daunting at first. Here are our top tips to improve your SUP fishing while having fun.

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1. Choose the right equipment

If you plan to fish from your SUP, be sure to choose a SUP-specific fishing board or a multi-purpose board. These types of boards are generally wider and more stable. It is also a good idea to go for a drop stitch inflatable paddle board as they are quite durable and super portable.

Your choice of rod is up to you, but a 6-7ft medium-heavy parabolic rod is a good choice to help you get the fish closer to the board with ease. Choose one freshwater reel if you are fishing in rivers or lakes and in salt water for sea fishing. Obviously if you want to fly fishing from a paddle board you will need a reel.

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2. Prepare your SUP for fishing

Once you’ve chosen your gear, the next step is to set up your paddleboard for fishing. A few modifications can help you have a more comfortable and efficient fishing experience. First, you need to invest in a life jacket and leash to stay connected to your board in case you lose your balance and fall. Safety is important and you never know when it might save your life.

We recommend a carbon fiber paddle. It is light and stiff, reduces weight and helps you move silently through the water without scaring fish. You can set up a chair, cooler (to store your fish), rod holder (great for paddling properly without having to hold the rod), and even a sonar. Pick what you need and set it up before heading out on the water.

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3. Find your balance

Keeping your balance while SUP fishing is probably the trickiest thing. We recommend that you find your balance on the board before you even try to fish. When you actually have a fish on the line, balancing becomes even more difficult, especially if it is a large fish. Here’s a quick tip for maintaining your balance when winding one:

Keep the tip of your rod pointed towards the nose of your paddle board. This way the pull of the fish will always rotate the board towards it, keeping the board straight and making stability a lot easier. Instead of trying to pull your fish to the end of your line, land it with a wide net so you can get down low on your board and keep the fish from jumping and off balance you.

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Stand-up paddleboarding can be an amazing activity in itself. But if you are an avid angler, combining it with your favorite hobby can be the silver bullet for the fun of it. Not only do you get a great workout, but you can also be as close to the water as possible without being there and have a unique fishing experience.

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