For centuries, people have been fishing from several different means, such as paddle boards, but as new technology and boats became more popular, traditional methods have fallen to the wayside. If you are looking to fish with a more minimalistic or traditional approach, I am going to provide you with a guide to help you find the best fishing stand up paddle board.
|Vilano Sport Inflatable||Inflatable||$$$|
|Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2||Inflatable||$$$|
|Imagine Surf V2 Wizard Angler||Solid||$$$|
Benefits of Fishing from a SUP Board
Had I known the benefits of fishing from a stand up paddle (sup) board, I would have bought one awhile ago. As an avid fisher, I can see how there are a lot of reasons to grab a board and head out on the water rather than just standing on the shore or fishing from a boat.
To learn more about how to fish from a sup board, you should watch this video:
Easy to Transport
First and foremost, a paddle board is much easier to transport than a boat, but it still allows you to get out off of the shoreline. Paddle boards are light and can easily be carried to the water. You don’t need a special trailer or a boat ramp to launch them like a fishing boat.
They are also far more affordable than a good fishing boat. Assuming you aren’t fishing from an old rusty boat that requires you to bail water, you won’t be able to find a fishing boat cheaper than a stand up paddle board. However, they are very similar in price to kayaks and canoes, but they are still easier to transport and allow you to get to harder to reach spots in the water.
Access Hard to Reach Fishing Spots
Because boats, kayaks, and canoes have more depth to them, you can’t get away with going into areas that are more shallow. You have to worry about running into reefs, rocks, sandbars, and trees. A paddle board is much more shallow, so it is easier to get in and out of these types of places.
Due to the fact that the boards don’t require a motor and are easier to paddle, you will find that it is much easier to sneak up on fish. Since you are standing while you paddle, you will also have better visibility, but the fish will have a harder time seeing you. This makes fishing sup boards a better option than fishing off a shore, boat, kayak, or canoe.
How to Choose a Board
Now that you’re fully on board for fishing from a sup board, you’re going to want to know how to choose the best board for you. There are several factors you should consider, so you should decide which are a priority for you and go from there.
There are three main styles of paddle boards to choose from, and each has their own sets of advantages and disadvantages:
- Surf style boards are great because they’re super light and convenient to use, and they can also be used for surfing. However, this design creates a lot of drag and noise as the waves slap the bottom, and it is more narrow, which means it is not as stable.
- Flatwater style boards are designed to cut through water swiftly to save you energy and keep your board quiet, which means it’s a great option for sneaking up on fish. It’s also wider than surf style boards, so it is more stable, but as a result, it is also heavier.
- Catamaran style boards are excellent for paddling long distances because they are more stable and cut through the water easily. Since they are wider, they are also great for long days of fishing because they give you more room for equipment and to move around. The biggest downfall is that this style is heavier and more difficult to transport.
Most of the time, the weight will depend on the style, but there is also a variation of weights within each style. Once you decide on the style, you will want to consider how much weight you can carry because that is how you will be transporting your board when it is not in or on your vehicle.
On the other hand, you won’t want to compromise the width of your board for weight. You will want to make sure that your board is still wide enough to provide you the stability you will need to stand on it for extended periods of time while you paddle and fish.
Inflatable vs. Hard
Last but not least, you will want to choose whether you will want an easy to transport inflatable fishing sup board, which will need to be inflated each time you use it and can also be at risk for punctures, or you would rather deal with the hassle of transporting a hard board.
Best Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board
Now that you have an idea of what you are looking for in a stand up paddle board for fishing, you are ready to begin your search. There are so many brands and options, so you should consider starting with some of the best fishing sup boards on the market.
Any Badfish sup review will tell you what a great board the Badfisher is, but I really can’t say enough great things about it. It was designed for fishing, so it has many perks that other boards don’t, but it also has its downfalls.
Since it was designed for fishing, it was made to be nice and wide for stability, but it’s hull design makes for the large board to be easily maneuvered. The extra width also doubles as extra space for all the movements fishing requires, such as a casting, fighting, and reeling. It is an inflatable board, so it is lightweight and easy to carry. It also has a lot of added features that allow you to add fishing attachments for rods, crates, coolers and other equipment. The bungee mounts make it nice to mount any additional coolers, bags, or tackle boxes.
Unfortunately, all of the great benefits of this sup board come at a price that is significantly higher than most people would like to pay for a paddle board. You’ll have to decide if all of the pros are worth the cost.
Overall, it is an incredible board if you are willing to spend the money. I think you’ll find that it will be a great investment if you are serious about getting into fishing from sup boards. If you are just wanting to fish on occasion or just try it out, you might find other options will work just as well and will fit your budget much better.
- Great stability
- Easy maneuverability
- Extra room for fishing
- Easy to carry
- Fishing attachments
- Bungee Mounts
- Susceptible to damage from hard impact
The Vilano Sport is another awesome inflatable sup board option, but it isn’t designed specifically for fishing. I’m a firm believer that you can make things work if you want to, and this board is an excellent example of how you can take a normal board and make it a great fishing board.
Perhaps the best pro for this board is that it is very affordable, and since it is an inflatable and doesn’t have all the extras, it is ultra-lightweight and very easy to transport. The board is made out of a very durable fabric and features a traction grip over most of its top, which is helpful for keeping you stable while you are casting, reeling, and fighting. Additional stability comes from the boards width, which also allows room for you to set equipment.
Though it has room for your fishing extras, it does not have a good method of securing them. It also lacks ample storage space and fishing attachments. This means you might have to do some adjustments to make this work for fishing.
For the great price, you can easily make some adjustments and add some bungee straps to make this a good board for fishing. I believe you will find that it is a great option for beginners or people who plan to fish on occasion.
- Easy to transport
- Durable Fabric
- Traction Grip
- Width for stability
- Lower weight capacity
- Not a lot of storage space
- No fishing attachments
The Adventurer 2 board is another inflatable board that was not designed for fishing, but it also is able to serve that purpose.
It is a great, lightweight, and easy-to-carry board that also offers a lot of stability with its width. With the extra width also comes extra room for equipment. You can add your own storage, seat, cooler, or tackle box, and still have room to move around. Unlike other inflatable boards, the Adventurer 2 is extra thick, so it can support more weight and equipment. It can hold the most weight out of all the boards in this review by supporting up to 400 pounds, and it is moderately priced.
Though it has plenty of room for equipment, it is not designed for fishing, so you will have to make your own adjustments to this board as well.
For the price, it is a great option, especially for people who weigh more or plan to take heavier equipment. With a few minor adjustments, I think you will find that this inflatable board will make for a great fishing sup board.
- A lot of surface area for stability
- Room for equipment
- Holds up to 400 lbs.
- Moderate price
- Not designed for fishing
Though most people prefer an inflatable board for fishing, the Wizard Angler is an awesome hard board designed for fishing. If you are concerned about having to patch a hole in an inflatable board, I think you’ll find that this board is one of your best options.
It is made of very durable material, so it can handle the hard impacts that inflatables can’t. It also comes with extra storage hatches, so you can keep equipment and other belongings safe and dry. It comes with a rod holder attachment, and it is wide enough for great stability and space for more equipment. If you’re like me, you might prefer to add a seat to your board when you are planning a long day of fishing. You can also add your coolers, tackle box, and other equipment that you’ll be able to buy when you save money on this moderately-priced board.
Because it is not inflatable, this board is harder to transport and store, and it is also a lot heavier than other boards.
If you are not planning on carrying your board great distances to the water, you might like this board. With all of the storage and space for additional equipment, you will enjoy fishing with ease from this sup board.
- Durable materials
- Extra storage hatches
- Rod holders
- Great stability
- Room for equipment
- Moderate price
- Difficult to transport
YOLO Fisher Kingfish
The YOLO Fisher Kingfish is one of the coolest sup boards designed for fishing with ease. Any serious fishers will be drooling over this board and trying to figure out how to get their hands on it.
YOLO designed this board to be extra long and wide. All of that extra surface area makes for a incredibly stable board, but it doesn’t compromise the speed of the boat that comes with its v-shaped hull. You’ll find that it is a lot easier to sneak up on fish with this hull as it prevents waves from slapping and dragging the board. If you’re a person who favors a cool design, you’ll love the awesome graphic design on this flashy board. You’ll find that you can easily add equipment to this board with all of its extra bungees, and despite the fact that the board isn’t inflatable, you’ll love how lightweight it is.
Since it is a solid board, it is going to be harder to carry and store than an inflatable that can be rolled up and stuffed in a backpack, and you better be prepared to spend a pretty penny on this pricey board.
If you have an unlimited budget or are very serious about fishing, you will want to add this board to your sup board collection.
- Long and wide for maximum stability
- Quiet and quick
- Room for equipment
- Incredible graphic design
- Bungees for extra storage
- Harder to carry and store
The Best of the Best
The YOLO Fisher Kingfish comes in at the top of the list for the best fishing sup board. Despite being a solid board, its weight makes it easy to transport, and it’s design makes it perfect for accessing hard to reach fishing spots in stealth mode. Its width makes it perfect for stability and adding your own extras to the fishing features it already comes with.
The YOLO Kingfish comes in ahead of the Vilano Sport and Tower Adventurer 2 because it is designed for fishing and comes with all of the features that make fishing from a sup board easier. It comes in ahead of the Imagine Wizard Angler because the Wizard Angler weighs almost three times as much, and the Kingfish comes ahead of the Broadworks Badfisher because it is the more affordable, though still pricey, option.
Keep in mind, that I personally prefer the YOLO Kingfish, while you might prefer an option that isn’t even on this list. Consider what is most important to you, whether that’s price, weight, fishing attachments, or anything else, and make your decisions based on what is right for you.