Size matters! Paddle boards come in a huge range of sizes, shapes and styles. Here we are talking about boards that are big and stable enough to fish from comfortably and there is no getting away from the fact that the bigger the board the easier it is to fish from.
So how big is big? There are three dimensions we need to consider, length, width and volume with width being the most important. Before we can recommend a certain size of board we need to know how big you are. Obviously a small light weight person can comfortably fish from a board a lot smaller than someone who might be a bit partial to a pint and a pie. So here is a chart of body weight to board width to give you a guide as to what is suitable. The chart assumes average balance ability.
Basically it is hard to chhose a board that is too big if you want the board primarily for fishing but if you want the board for all round use with a bit of occasional fishing then you should err toward the minimum widths recommended above.
All recommended boards are 10 to 12’ long. As mentioned the stability comes from the width and not so much from the length. The volume gives a indication of the boards “carrying capacity”, the higher the volume the mores weight it will carry.
Another desirable point to look for on a fishing SUP is tie down points. Many boards have them and they are the basis to rigging the board for fishing. They aren’t essential but they are useful. We can supply tied down anchors that you can fix to any board.
Ridged vs inflatable
So there are the facts, it is a personal decision as to which type of board suits you best. I use both. If you have any doubts about the durability of the inflatable boards watch this video
There are many boards that suit SUP fishing but here are our recommendations.
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How to outfit a board for fishing.
The most basic set up is in fact nothing at all, you can paddle a plain board with a hand line or rod tucked into a belt and you can fish ok. At the other extreme you can use rod holders, tackle boxes, paddle holders etc etc. It is up to you how seriously you want to take your SUP fishing.
Ideally for comfortable effective fishing you want something to hold your rod while you are paddling, a box to hold odds and ends and hopefully a fish and a means of securing your paddle while you are fishing.
The two specific fishing boards from starboard have the fishing rod storage sorted but if you are adapting a basic board the easiest way is to combine a storage box and a rod holder in one. Here you can see the rod holders on a Starboard fisherman, then a tackle box at the front held down to the tie down points and at the front of the tackle box is a paddle holder.
One of the most useful materials for setting up a sup for fishing is the 1 ½ “ plastic pipe used for domestic back and sink drainage. It is cheap, easy to cut and ideal for making rod holders. I simply cut a bit the same length as my tackle box then cut a slot along it length ways. I then zip tied it to the tackle box and it makes a great paddle holder as can be seen here for when you are busy doing other things and don’t want you paddle floating off unnoticed.
If you haven’t got tie down points on your board done worry we can supply ones for you to glue on.
To make a combined storage box with rod holder, the easiest way is to get a large plastic box, maybe with a clip on lid then cut a length of the plastic pipe and drill the box and zip tie on the plastic pipe and the top and the bottom so it can’t twist. It is up to you if you want to store your rod vertically or at a angle. But think things through before you charge ahead although the components are all quite cheap. Small bread crates make usefull storage boxes and you can easily zip tie on a couple of lengths of plastic tube to act as rod holders.
Most boards have the tie down “cargo area” at the front so you need to make sure that the fishing rod(s) don’t get in the way of paddling. Consider if your are going to want to troll (pull lures along when paddling) or just carry the rod to somewhere then fish.
If you don’t have tie down points and don’t want to glue any on then you can still secure things to your board by putting a roof rack strap right round the board. The extra drag is minimal.
Now that SUP fishing is growing overseas it is possible to buy glue on rod holders for inflatable boards as well as glue on paddle holders.
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