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For those who love to be out on the water in the hopes of catching a fish, there is now a new way to enjoy the outdoor activity. Stand up paddleboard (SUP) fishing is the newest trend and is great for both beginner and experienced fishermen. Decking out a paddleboard to do some angling is as fun as it is to get a regular boat ready. A paddler can take along anything they need for a great time out on the water.

Deck out your SUP to match any fishing boat

Stand up paddleboard fishing accessories include mounts for rod holders, trays for bait, downriggers, fish finders, and anything else you need for a great fishing adventure. There are lots of advantages to SUP fishing that make your search to catch the big one a lot of fun!

man kneels down to look in his Thurso Surf deck cooler bag which is filled with food and drinks

Pack a deck cooler bag to take with you out on the water.

Great Things About Stand Up Paddleboard Fishing

When looking to have some time out on the water stand up paddleboard fishing is a great option. There are lots of benefits that make it the perfect way to enjoy a day out on the water. Here are some of the top benefits:
  • Inflatable paddleboards are simple to transport compared to other fishing vessels. While you have to haul a boat with a trailer and launch it every time you want to move to a new body of water, SUPs are much more convenient. And, inflatable SUPs are even easier to handle than hard SUPs because they are so compact, lightweight, and durable. SUPs can easily be loaded into your car or truck and moved from place to place. Some even come with a roller backpack, making hiking with your SUP possible. That way you get to that special fishing spot that may not be reachable by car.
  • The flexibility of SUPs means you can fish almost anywhere. Unlike a boat, a SUP can navigate shallow waters and quickly reach spots that are more secluded with ease.SUPs are agile and fit into fishing spots where a regular boat or dingy won’t be able to reach.
  • Being on a SUP gives you a lot more freedom to move around and offers a good field of vision to see any fish that may be near you. Because of the small size of the board, there is less in the way that can obstruct your movement and obscure line of sight.
  • Unlike the noise of a running motor, paddleboards are silent since they use muscle power to skim along the top of the water. You won’t scare away the fish with propellers or large churns of water.
  • If you are used to being out on the water, you know that standing up in a smaller boat can easily throw the whole vessel off balance. A SUP on the other hand is built to stand up on so you cast properly. You will already be accustomed to the board and how to balance so casting should not be an issue. Some SUPs can be upgraded with a kayak seat. If you’re out for a long day one of these will let you sit back and relax while you fish.

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Spencer after a good session breaking in his Max.

Types of SUPs for Stand Up Paddleboard Fishing

No one paddleboard is perfect for every person. Each make and model has its pros and cons when compared to another. But it’s all relative and highly dependent on you the user. When choosing a stand-up paddleboard for fishing, there are some great options available.

Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards for Fishing

Inflatable paddleboards are very easy to transport and can go almost anywhere. They have lots of deck area making fishing simple and offering lots of space for gear. These boards usually have more than one Scotty mount on the deck that can be rigged with any fishing extras you need. They are also extremely durable and won’t dent like an epoxy paddleboard.
man paddles Thurso Surf Max multi-purpose SUP down clear river

Paddle to the fishing spots boats can’t reach.

Types of SUPs You Can Use for Fishing

If you’re looking for detailed information on each type (shape) of stand up paddleboard out there check out this article for a full rundown, “How to Choose the Best SUP Shape for You” and this one to help you choose a size, “What’s the Best SUP Size for You“. For this article will stick to the positives of each in relation to stand up paddleboard fishing.
All-Around – These are great for everything and their shape plays into that. If you’re looking for something with versatility these are a great option.
Yoga – Yoga SUPs can be a great option for stand up paddleboard fishing because they have a larger than normal deck size. Also since they’re meant for yoga the good ones will have an extra soft and cushiony deck pad which can make standing for long periods of time more comfortable.
Touring – These boards are more narrow, so they can cut through the water faster. This of course means they have less deck space. However, they can be a good choice if you’re choosing to go on a long expedition and want to fish from multiple spots.
Multi-Purpose – These SUPs are perfect for fishing because they have a larger deck. That means you have more room to carry extra gear and move around while you’re fishing. If you come across the occasional shark like Spencer here, you might find that extra room comes in handy!

Plenty of stability, room on deck, and a full-length traction pad make the Max Multi-Purpose SUP an awesome choice for your next fishing trip.

Stand Up Paddleboard Fishing Spots

The great thing about stand up paddleboards for fishing is they can be used in so many different bodies of water. Whether you like to fish on a lake, a small pond, the bay, or perhaps a moving river, these boards can do it all. Just be aware of currents, undertows, and rough waters. A pro fisherman will use those realities of the water to their advantage and with a SUP you can get right in there.
man attaches paddle to side of stand up paddleboard with velcro straps

Some SUPs allow you to store your paddle out of the way, leaving you with more space on your deck.

Accessories to Make Your Stand Up Paddleboard Fishing Great

As with any fishing vessel, having the right gear makes the day more enjoyable. Paddleboards are no different. While you do not need every accessory available, some really make fishing much easier and fun. Items such as a fishing rod holder or a bait tray are great because they save you from trying to juggle too many things in a smaller area. These two things should definitely make the list if you’re thinking about buying some stand up paddleboard fishing accessories.
Another thing to consider when you’re SUP fishing is comfort. You’ll probably be out there for a while, so a deck cooler bag can help to keep your food and drink tasty and refreshing. A kayak seat can also be a nice touch to a long day on the water. Sitting down also provides extra stability so if the weather or conditions change you’ll still be able to fish comfortably.
Once you have the basic accessories, think about more advanced gear. Fishfinders are a fantastic thing to add as they help locate fish, helping you find the perfect fishing spot. Downriggers and line pullers can also help you up your game.. If you’re looking for more ideas, check us out on ​Instagram​ to see how other SUP fishers set up their boards.
man attaches Thurso Surf deck cooler bag to tail of board with easy clip attachments

A deck cooler bag makes it easy to transport fresh food and drinks on your fishing expedition.

Final Thoughts

Stand up paddleboard fishing is the newest way to reel in your next big catch. It’s a perfect fishing vessel for those who are looking for a new adventure on the water. They’re more agile, quiet, and easy to transport, all of which will improve your fishing adventures. Not to mention, it’s quite simply a great way to spend the day. We looking forward to seeing how you go. Share your deck set up with others on Instagram with ​#thursosurf​.
underwater view of the bottom of a Thurso Surf stand up paddleboard

How your future catch sees you and your SUP.

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