Stand up paddle boards can be great for fishing because they let you get into areas that are off limits to other type of water craft.
A SUP can give you access to just about anywhere that a kayak can get to, but they have the added advantage of being about to stand up to get a better view of the fish. And you can also maneuver and cast better from standing position.
Modern SUP’s that are specifically designed for fishing, can also hold a lot of gear. They have all manner of strap, and bungee systems, so that you can carry all the fishing gear you need, and also large objects like coolers.
1. Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable Fishing SUP
What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out
This is a serious fishing paddle board. It’s got a ton of features that improve your fishing experience.
It’s an extremely stable board with 3 removable skegs, 40 inch wide deck, and 6 inches thick.
This FishSUP 126 is designed for long fishing adventures. You can use the seat, and get the benefits of paddling a kayak, or you can stand to get the added advantage from a higher viewpoint. There is also a removable motor mount, so you can add an electric motor on the back to get you across longer distances.
The FishSUP 126 is a fully loaded paddle board. It has a 36 inch ruler on the front of the board so you can be sure of the size of you catch.
There are 14 D-rings installed all over the surface that makes this paddle board highly configurable to your needs.
There is a swallow tail in the back that is designed to give room for a motor, and for added maneuverability. The motor mount is simple and easy to install and remove, and it can hold an electric motor capable of 55 lbs. of thrust.
The foam EVA deck pad, not only is good at preventing slipping, it is also designed to be tough enough to prevent punctures from fish hooks.
How serious of a fishing vessel do you want? That’s a question you need to ask yourself because the FishSUP 126 is highly configurable. You can get the base model, which is just the board, backpack, paddle, and pump.
Or, you can go all the way and get the fully loaded model with the swivel seat, electric motor, motor battery, additional kayak paddle, and a multi-purpose storage box. Or you can get a model with features somewhere in between the base and fully loaded.
Something to consider with the FishSUP 126 is the weight. It’s a heavy paddle board and the more accessories and supplies you add on, the heavier it gets. This is just a reality of this type of board.
Because of the weight, you might want to consider the EZ Cart System. The EZ Cart System is a set of rust proof wheels that strap to the back the board enabling you to pull the board with ease. This extremely useful if you are transporting the board any distance, or doing it solo.
The FishSUP 126 is a serious stand up paddle board designed to get you on the fish. If you’re an avid fisherman and you looking for a way to get to more difficult to reach fishing holes, and you enjoy a bit of exercise from paddling, this board is for you.
2. BOTE ROVER 14’
What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out
How serious are you about stand up paddle boarding and fishing? Because the Bote Rover is only for the obsessed, so if this is not you, can get skip this write up.
The Rover is unlike any other paddle board. Part paddle board, part boat, this can be classified as a micro skiff.
This thing is endlessely configurable, so it basically depends on your imagination how you want to set it up.
But let’s be clear from the beginning, this is not cheap. The Rover starts at $3,500, and goes up depending on what accessories you want.
The Rover is designed for expedition fishing. They are designed to handle a 6-HP Hidea Outboard motor. What’s really cool about this setup, is when you have arrived at your fishing hole, and you can pull the outboard completely out of the water making for better paddling and maneuverability.
Because this is a part boat, it needs to be of tougher construction than your average paddle board. To provide this extra toughness, Bote useless a patented Gatorboard construction that uses ballistic grade composites. This thing is built to handle the added stresses of a motor at speed.
The Rover will take you places no other paddle board can reach at speeds not possible on other boards. Because of these features, the Rover is heavy, weighing 105 pounds with nothing added on it. Due to the weight you’ll need to get wheel system to carry the Rover to and from your water destination.
The Bote Rover is the most serious stand up paddle board for fishing on the market. It is not for everyone. It is for those few that are obsessed.