There is nothing like waking up before the sun rises and spending time on the water. The thrill of getting out there and trying to catch the largest fish in the lake is a wonderful experience. While many of us are familiar with this classic hobby, a new way to enjoy fishing might just surprise you.
The normal method of fishing for most is either fishing from the bank or a pier and catching fish from a watercraft like a john boat or bass boat.
But a new craze in fishing has taken the angling world by storm. Sup fishing or stand-up paddleboard fishing is a new and exciting way to enjoy the art of fishing.
This wacky blend of fishing and surfing is a cost efficient way to fish. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on fishing boats, you only have to invest a few hundred dollars with these new generations of anglers.
Another great advantage to using a SUP to fish off is their ability to go into even the lowest water level situations without getting stuck on the bottom. This allows SUP fishermen to go into remote areas of lakes and rivers and catch some of the largest fish.
This sport which become really popular in Colorado has made its way down as far as the Florida coast. Now many outfitters and sporting good supply stores are starting to carry these specially designed paddleboards, along beside their traditional fishing boats.
There are four common types of paddle boards available on the market today to help you get started paddleboard fishing. So let’s take a look at each of them.
Hard Molded Paddle Board
This type of SUP is most common and similar to a traditional surf board. Although much wider than a surf board, the hard molded paddle board is very durable and is the most easy to navigate in fast waters.
Many anglers like this SUP option because they feel more confident in the water and the hard molding provides added protection against sharp rocks and other underwater obstacles.
Hard Epoxy Paddle Board
This is the second most common SUP out there and has many of the same features of its hard molded cousin, but can be bought at a fraction of the price.
The downside to the hard epoxy SUP is that it’s less sturdy and might be damaged more easily.
Soft Foam Paddle Board
This SUP is one of the most easiest to use and it is really light weight which makes storing it a breeze. These SUP’s can be purchase for a few hundred dollars less than other kinds of SUP’s.
The drawback to the soft foam models is that they often get damage in rough terrain and can easily break apart.
Inflatable Paddle Board
Just like the soft foam paddle board, the inflatable SUP is very light and can go just about anywhere. The inflatable SUP is great for those who enjoy both hiking and fishing because they are easy to carry.
Many people prefer the inflatable SUP over the foam and epoxy SUP’s because they are more durable and if damage they can be repaired much easier.
The only real draw back of the inflatable SUP is that it is harder to handle in the water because of its higher buoyancy rate.
Each of these boards should be able to give you a nice stable way to get out on the water and really enjoy a few days fishing.