Fishing on an SUP is a great way to venture out to your favorite fishing spots, and these paddle board accessories are perfect for helping you land your next big catch.
Aside from the obvious items, like a leash and life jacket (which is required by the U.S. Coast Guard), there are some key items that even the most seasoned SUP fisher will undoubtedly need.
1. Waterproof Case
A dry box, especially one that can tie down to your board, is great for keeping important items like you keys, wallet, and phone safe on your outings.
Not everyone has the balance of a yoga instructor, particularly on a paddle board in the water. Add the weight of your gear and the motion of casting, and you’re on your way to ending up in the water (at least, I am). Stabilizers add just enough extra balance to keep you upright and fishing.
Standing up all day can get a little tiring, and seating arrangements on SUPs typically involve just sitting on the board. Add a detachable seat, like this one from Paddlefish, which comes equipped with a drink holder and ample storage space, or go for a more streamlined, space-saving seat like this one from Venture Glide.
Not only will a cooler keep your drinks cold during a long day of fishing, it can double as both a seat and a dry box. The Yeti cooler & kit will do just that. Looking for a soft cooler that takes up less space? This collapsible Safari Stowaway bag has three rod holders, and comes with its own storage bag.
5. Rod Holders
Speaking of these handy gadgets, rod holders are essential in keeping your board clear of line and hooks. Whether you’ve got a fly rod or spinning tackle, need outriggers or standard storage, they can be mounted directly onto the board, or on to your cooler/seat.
6. Tackle Rack
Kill a few birds with one stone by adding a lightweight rack to your paddle board. Keep all of your gear out of the way with this handy Tackle Rac which can hold two fishing rods, along with your backpack or tackle bag with ease.
7. GPS Holder
Stumble upon a new honey hole that you’re dying to return to the next day? Mark your location on your phone or GPS device, and keep that gadget in place with a GPS/ cell phone holder.
Keep yourself from drifting too close to those tailing redfish, or too far out to sea with a small anchor. It doesn’t need to be big and heavy – you and the board are pretty lightweight compared to an entire boat. With an anchor you’ll spend less time paddling back to your spot, and more time fishing.
9. Crate Pad
Heading out for a quick afternoon or evening fishing session, and don’t need all the bells and whistles involved with seats, coolers, GPS, etc? Get your gear corralled in a standard milk crate with the supPOCKET crate pad. The pad not only attaches to the crate, but helps hold the crate itself to the paddle board. It comes with four tabs that allow you to strap in your fishing rods (and rod holders) and any other gear you might need.
10. Board Light
Sometimes the best time to fish is early in the morning or later in the evening, when the light is dim (and getting dimmer). I’d hate to be left out in the dark without a light on board. Trying to paddle and hold a flashlight could be a bit difficult, so a light that adheres to your board can come in handy.
Whether your after tailing reds in the calm flats, or heading to blue water in search of a sailfish, now you’re ready to take on any fishing adventure aboard your SUP.