Paddle Board Fishing
Board fishing, also known as extreme fishing and
“Man on fish”, has been around almost
as long as surfing has. It was originally done on
long boards that were paddled out to the fishing
hole in the prone position. While a big enough long
board would do the job, they weren’t exactly
designed for standing on when not on a wave. Still,
adventurous surfers with a penchant for fishing
made due. With the advent of stand up paddle boards,
the game has changed. The larger paddle boards are
much wider, more stable, and specifically design
for standing up on or kneeling on the entire trip.
With SUPs popping up everywhere, board fishing is
poised to take off.
The great thing about stand up paddle board fishing
is that you can get just about anywhere, especially
shallow places where you wouldn’t dare go
in a boat. You can also launch a stand up paddle
board pretty much anywhere you can get to on foot.
Unlike surfboard fishing, you can get around a lot
faster on a stand up paddle board so it makes the
sport all the more accessible.
While most of the fish the average SUP fisherman
is going after is on the smaller side, there is
an extreme element to SUP fishing in going after
larger fish. See our stand
up paddle videos page for some extreme SUP fishing
videos. One guy lands a sizable thresher shark,
while another guy plays catch and release with a
marlin. Even with the small fish, stand up paddle
board fishing introduces a balancing element into
fishing – it truly becomes a sport when you’re
battling a fish as well as battling to not fall
off the board.
Like decked out fishing kayaks, some stand up paddle
boards on the market have design features to accommodate
fishing. You can mount specialty made “fishing
boxes” onto tie down points (4 extra leash
plugs in a square formation) on the front of an
SUP. These fishing boxes hold your gear, hold a
paddle, have pole holders off the sides, and then
store your catch. It’s a fascinating sport
that’s sure to blossom as stand up paddle
boards catch on around the world.