Paddle Board Set Up for Fishing

paddle board set up for fishing

Here’s a look at a Paddle Board set up for fishing.  A paddle board is a fun way to play outside on the water with your family, and get a little fishing in. Check this article out about my set up for paddle board fishing and why it works well. This article includes a run down of a good board, what type of fishing gear to use, and some video action of paddle board fishing. Plus, a price break down of different boards out there on the market for fishing. Hopefully, this will help you if your deciding on getting a paddle board for fishing. Enjoy!

Paddle Board Set Up for Fishing

Paddle boarding is a fun way to explore new water and do a little fishing. I’ve really enjoyed my time paddle boarding and chasing bass. It’s definitely a more hands on active approach. The added benefit of having a paddle board is you can have a lot of fun outside of fishing too. My family enjoy’s getting out and paddling around on the different bodies of water where we live. Here’s a run down of a paddle board set up for fishing you can use to have fun, and catch a few fish too.

Stage F-11 Fishing Isup Board

The Stage F-11 fishing iSUP is a great inflatable board to use for playing around out on the water and for fishing too. It comes with two rod holders to stick on the side of the board, so you have more deck space. It also has a 3 chamber design for better stability. Another key thing that makes this a good board for fishing is the lifted round deck. Water doesn’t pool up on your board, so your feet and gear keeps dry.

Some other key features for this fishing paddle board is the wide deck and light design. It comes with a back pack bag where you can place your paddles, fin, and pump all in one. This makes it easier to get to the edge of the water with all your equipment in one trip. Another thing is this board is wider than most for extra stability. Yet, it is shorter, so you get a little more response in turning and maneuvering. An inflatable paddle board is so much easier to transport, it folds up and packs up in the trunk of car. Total set up time is less than 15 minutes, and you are out ready to stoke it up!

paddle board set up for fishing
Here’s a shot of this paddle board set up for fishing. Having the rod holders off the side of the board helps create plenty of deck space.

Double Paddle

Another cool thing from Stage to help you cover more water when fishing is their switch blade double carbon paddle. This double paddle is awesome, so you don’t have to move your traditional paddle from one side of the board to the other. It saves time, and gives you more speed to get to those sweet spots. The double paddle for the SUP makes it easier to change direction quickly too. All around a good solid paddle will help make life on the water easier, and this one is pretty sweet.

paddle board fishing set up paddle
Here’s a shot of the double paddle switch blade, to help you maneuver better when fishing on a paddle board.

Fishing Gear

Paddle board fishing gear should be kept simple. Just one or two rods will do the trick. You don’t want to much gear weighing you down. I strap a small tackle bag to the front of the board, and take two rods and place them in the rod holders. Typically, a decent spinning rod and a baitcasting set up is all you need when chasing bass.

When you are fishing from a paddle board keep your lures and bait selections simple and versatile. You want to be able to fish both shallow and deep easily to find where the fish are. I tend to throw a neko rig a lot on a spinning rod and reel set up from a SUP, and94 I like to use a moving bait of some kind like a swim bait or swim jig. These two types of techniques usually always catch fish. Plus, they are easy to fish at various depths in all kinds of conditions. It’s kind of a hassle having to re-tie all the time, so use good lures you know work that require little maintenance.

paddle board fishing set up
Paddle Board Fishing Set Up Illustrated. Keep it simple with a couple rods, and some tackle that catches fish in a variety of conditions.

How is it fishing on a paddle board? Will I fall off?

People always ask me about falling off the paddle board when fishing. There is always a chance you can take a dip in the drink, but these inflatable style boards with the pontoons are super stable. The only time I’ve fallen, over the three years I’ve used one, is when I tried to jump and save my camera from falling into the lake. These style boards rarely flip over. The inflatable boards, besides being easier to put in your vehicle, have a little give to them so you can balance easier. Every person I’ve had on my board has been stoked on how stable they are compared to traditional hard paddle boards.

If your still not convinced, reach out to me on my contact page. I’ll let you rent one of my boards for a day to test out.

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Paddle Board Set Up for Fishing Video

Here’s a video of this paddle board set up for fishing on the water getting the job done. This video was shot on an early spring morning my first time using this board and paddle. The stage crew was out there helping me with some filming on Sand Hollow Reservoir. Hopefully, you can get a better perspective of how paddle board fishing works after watching this.



Paddle Board Set up for Fishing Price Point

Lastly, I’m stoked to be able to partner with Stage to offer this paddle board set up for $200.00 less than what they sell in retail stores. I’m super grateful for a local company like this to help us fisherman out. A lot of fishing paddle boards retail around the $700  –  $1,000 mark and don’t include rod holders and sometimes paddles. Here’s the listings of price points for various fishing paddle boards with links, and the price stage is offering this model here on the Kraken Bass fishing blog. Head to the Kraken Bass store to get a discounted board if your interested, and I’ll throw in a free hat.

Stage iSUP Fishing Board – Retail Price $999.00
Airhead Bonefish 1138 – Retail Price $735 – $999
Kraken Bass Store Deal – Retail Price $699 (free shipping)


Additional Thoughts

Paddle boarding is a great way to get outside. Honestly, fishing is not super easy from a paddle board, but it is fun. My favorite part is when a bass just starts pulling your board around. In addition, It’s a lot simpler with these inflatable style boards to get to places because you can keep it in a car trunk. Optimistically, this post should help you find a little more enjoyment on the water, and let you know what things I’ve found helpful for paddle board fishing.

One more thing, The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I use to “Krak” some bass on this paddle board set up for fishing. Use this stuff to catch more fish. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me. Thank you for your support!

As Always,

Stay Stoked!

3 Responses

  1. Great post. I’ve been curious about a SUP fishing rig. I guess the only think missing is the live well. 😉

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