Best SUPs for Fishing | Fishing Stand Up Paddleboards

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Best Fishing Paddleboards (SUPS) 2020

You’ve graduated from the Jon boat, you have messed with the kayaks, but now you are ready for something different, exciting, and something you can be more comfortable on! Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are becoming extremely popular for recreation in general, but are more and more attractive to fishermen. Whether it’s ripping topwater bass, or sight fishing redfish in the flats, a stand-up paddleboard can offer quite a bit in benefits over a conventional kayak.  If you are ready to make the jump to a SUP, here is a quick guide to some of the best SUPs for fishing. 

What to think about when buying a paddleboard for fishing?

As you shop around some of the most popular paddleboards for angling, be sure to note what other uses you might end up using the board for. For example, uses such as kids, traveling (the board being packed on a trip), or even having your pets on the water with you may be things to think about before the purchase! Specific for angling, depending on your budget, you want to be conscious of a few major points for paddleboards.

  • Stability – a stand-up paddleboard requires fishing while standing (hence the name), which requires a lot of stability, especially for the fly fisherman.
  • Gear-ability – if you can’t gear it up with all the necessary equipment, why take it out?
  • Durability – depending on the water features you are fishing, you may want to be a little more critical when it comes to the durability of the paddleboard. For instance, you may not want to go for the inflatable option if you’re fishing oyster beds for saltwater species.

Rackham Paddleboard from BOTE

This is a solid do-all paddleboard that comes in three color options from BOTE, arguably one of the greatest paddleboard and watersports manufacturers. This paddleboard offers a solid platform capable of holding a lot of gear and is a breeze to paddle around.

  • Dimensions: 12′ L × 32″ W × 8″ D
  • Weight: 52 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

ISLE Explorer Inflatable Paddleboard for Fishing

If you are looking for something new and on the cutting edge, with some elegant style, this might be the paddleboard for you. The ISLE claims to be one of the best inflatable paddleboards out there for the money in terms of portability and durability. Although this inflatable platform might not be ideal for a gear-heavy angler.

  • Dimensions: 11’6” L x 32” W x 6” D
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs

Elkton Outdoors 12 IBIS Stand Up Fishing Paddleboard

The Elkton 12 IBIS SUP gives you a solid fishing platform, 2-rod holders, gear tracks, and plenty of tie-down points, making it a great place to start when looking for a fishing SUP.

  • Dimensions: 12’ L x 33” W
  • Weight: 72 lbs
  • Capacity: 475 lbs

Airhead SUP SS Bonefish

The Airhead is a great choice for any angler looking for a little bit lighter and shorter setup, with plenty of the standard SUP features and usage. With the accessories that come with it, this one purchase should have you on the water and fishing in no time.

  • Dimensions: 11’6” L x 38″ W x 4″ deck/6″ Sponsons 
  • Weight: 41 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

SUPerFISHal Fishing Paddleboard

The SUPerFISHal Paddleboard is made by a company that has got kayaks and fishing right for years…Jackson Kayak! So you should note that this paddleboard will not fall short of being one of the best SUPs for fishing you may come across. Besides coming with all the bells and whistles a fishing paddle board should have, it comes GoPro ready, noting that most anglers nowadays have at least one camera on deck!

  • Dimensions: 11’7” L X 35” W X 7” D
  • Weight: 69 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

Be sure to check out as many fishing paddleboard reviews on the boards listed above before purchasing. You may also want to watch several SUP fishing videos to see what problems or successes may arise during a fishing trip with a paddleboard!

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