Types of Fishing Paddle Boards
When looking for the best fishing paddle board there are various types of SUPs to consider. As previously stated, the best thing to do is first figure out what you want to use it for. Then see which type fits your goals and interests best. In the end, it’s a personal preference. They all have their advantages and disadvantages; you just have to find the one that suits you best.
All-around – If you’re a beginner, then an all-round board is great to help with stability as your balance is learned and improved. They are stable, and have a good glide for both paddling on flat water and rougher seas. They’re the perfect option if you’re just getting started in the sport or like to do lots of other SUP activities, including fishing, because of their versatility.
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Touring – Touring stand up paddleboards are designed for long distance and speed. That’s why they their nose is pointed and body much narrower than other boards. This helps them cut through any chop as they glide across the water. These boards are great for what they’re designed for so, if you’re planning on doing some long distance touring and speed is of upmost importance, then they’re a great option. However, as a primary fishing vessel, a touring board is too narrow to make it a first choice for SUP fishing.
Yoga – The name says it all. These SUPs are specifically designed with yoga in mind. Not only do you get a SUP, you get a stable platform to practice your yoga routine. Yoga SUPs have a larger deck pad than the other SUPs which allows for good grip and ample space while working through poses. Their larger size does increase their overall friction on the water so they tend to be slower than other boards, but when it comes to yoga, what’s the rush? If you’re going for a specialty board for your fishing vessel, a multi-purpose SUP or dedicated fishing SUP would be a better choice, but a yoga board could double as a fishing board if you enjoy both.
Multi-purpose – These are the giants of the SUP world. Their size make them incredibly stable. They’re more than big enough for multiple riders and have enough padded deck space to easily fit all your gear and keep you from slipping with the big one on the hook. However, their large size makes them slightly slower than the other boards. That being said, if you plan to use your paddleboard for fishing, the stable platform and generous deck pad that a multi-purpose SUP offers is just what you’re looking for.
Now that you’re familiar with the types of SUPs out there, take some time to reflect. Think more about which sounds like you and the type of stand up paddle boarder you want to be. They’re all great options. Each can be used for fishing. It just depends on what type of fishing and possibly other activities you’d like to use your SUP for.