Tips for Taking Up Paddleboard Fishing

What might you add to the board to help in fishing? Coolers in varying configuration can add a lot to your fishing platform, and not just to keep your drinks cold. You might also mount a Scotty rod holder and a paddle clip to the cooler. Rod holders on standup paddleboards can be PVC pipe, Scotty or Ram holders, or custom made by the paddleboard company. Fiberglass boards, as noted, will accommodate a crate with the PVC pipe holders or a cooler with rod holders. Bote SUP makes a fishing post that will hold two rods. Scotty or Ram rod holders are easy to mount on a poly-rotomolded SUP, but installation on a fiberglass board is not recommended. Make sure to mount the holder where it will not be in the way of your paddle stroke. You don’t need a lot to hold a SUP in place. A small drift chute will slow your drift to a crawl and let you stand and work a flat on a windy day.

Maximizing for the minimalist.

First time on a SUP? You’ll want to travel lighter than this guy…and stow electronic devices and valuables in waterproof containers.

A high-vis, mesh flotation jacket with a pocket to hold a marine-safety whistle is a good start. An inflatable vest, again with that whistle close where you can reach it, is another option. Before sunrise and after sunset, you’ll also need a waterproof flashlight.

What might you add to the board to help in fishing?

A few bungee cords set up on the deck of a SUP may be all you need to hold your tackle and rod in place. But there are other options.

The same crate packs commonly installed on kayaks can be adapted to a standup paddleboard, providing PVC pipes for rod holders and room for fishing gear. They’re easy to add to a fiberglass SUP, either in front or behind where you stand. SUP tie-down kits use adhesive deck anchors that stick to the fiberglass deck and allow you to mount your crate.

Coolers in varying configuration can add a lot to your fishing platform, and not just to keep your drinks cold. A sturdy, latching cooler makes a great dry box to put your fishing tackle, keys, cell phone and other items in. You might also mount a Scotty rod holder and a paddle clip to the cooler. The cooler also makes a nice seat.

Author’s growing fleet of fish-ready SUPs

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Rod holders on standup paddleboards can be PVC pipe, Scotty or Ram holders, or custom made by the paddleboard company. Which ones you use will have a lot to do…

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