Stand up paddle boarding has become a really popular sport, but aquatic yoga and surfing is not all you can use these versatile boards can be used for! Fishing on a stand up paddle board is a great way to get as close to the water (and the fish), as you can.
What Makes a Good Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board?
The Weight Capacity
Apart from your weight, your fishing stand up paddle board is also going to have to safely and comfortably support the weight of all of your fishing gear (and fully loaded tackle boxes aren’t light!).
The Storage Space
Fishing rod, reel, tackle box, inflatable vest, cooler box, your paddle, and so on, and so on. It takes a lot to fish right, and without adequate storage space, you’re not going to be able to take all your gear out with you.
The Size of the Paddle Board
Width and length of a fishing stand up paddle board are both equally important. The width is important, as you need some balance and stability if you’re going to learn back and throw a huge cast, and the length is important, as you’ll need surface area to be able to have ample storage space.
The Paddle Holders
So this one is obviously important because you’re not going to be holding your paddles yourself while you’re out there reeling them in, and you want to be able to store them somewhere that they will stay put.
Reviews of 3 of The Best Fishing Stand Up Paddle Boards
Atoll 11’0” Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
The Atoll 11’0” Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is an inflatable, but don’t be scared of getting out there and getting a little rough on it. This board is constructed from tear resistant dual layer PVC, that will stand up to being hauled over sand or rocks, coming into contact with fishing hooks, having fishing gear boxes dragged across it and even having your dog run over it (if you don’t like fishing alone!).
This board is 11 feet long, 32 inches wide, and there are 15 D-rings, you read that right, 15 D-rings on that deck which means you can tie down pretty much anything you will ever need onto the deck of this fishing board. The wide deck of the board is balanced by the 6 inch thickness of the board, meaning that you’ll be stable even on smaller waves.
Your Atoll fishing board comes with a lot of add ons! You’ll likely never use it, but included in your purchase is an easy to use repair kit for any tears or punctures your board could ever suffer. Other accessories include a super robust and durable 10 foot poly flex leash, bungee ties, an aluminum alloy three piece paddle, a detachable extra durable fin for great tracking (that works as part of this board’s tri fin system), and a high pressure bravo dual action hand pump. The D-ring previously mentioned, along with the bungee cord make for a great way to store your three piece paddle so you can concentrate on fishing.
The weight capacity of this board is 250 pounds (or just over 113 kilograms), which is enough to support you and your fishing gear (as well as all the fish you’re going to catch!), but even though it can support so much weight, it only weighs 38 pounds (or just over 17 kilograms), which isn’t really that heavy, and should not be that difficult for you to get in and out of the water once it’s fully inflated.
If you have just begun to dip your fish hooks into the world of fishing on a stand up paddle board, and are not quite sure what you’re doing yet, you may be struggling with balancing while you’re reeling them in, because you’re on constantly moving water. To make it easier for you, the deck of the Atoll 11’0” Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is covered with an EVA foam pad which comfortable and non slip, so that you don’t wipe out into the water and scare the fish!
Overall, the Atoll 11’0” Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is really not that expensive, and apart from all the accessories that come with it, you also get a two year manufacturer’s guarantee on this awesome board!
Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
The Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is an inflatable fishing stand up paddle board that performs exactly like a rigid fishing stand up paddle board. This board feels so rigid because of the military grade PVC that it’s made of. This company boasts that you can actually drive over this inflatable board with your car and not damage it (full disclosure, we were not brave enough to try but if you are, send pics!).
When fully inflated, this board is a whopping 37 inches wide, one of the widest decks you are going to find on a stand up paddle board. This immense surface space is going to give you all the area you need to really throw your back into your cast, which is, in our opinion, one of the most important aspects of a fishing stand up paddle board! This board is also 6 inches thick, which will put you higher off of the water, giving you the best view possible of the water. The wideness and thickness of this board means that you’re able to tackle the slightly less predictable open waters and its waves feeling really confident and stable, and reel in some big ones!
The paddle that comes with this board is a 3 piece, meaning that you can easily take it apart to store it while you’re fishing. The paddle is made of fiberglass, so it’s not as light as aluminum, but it sure is durable. This board can support a whopping 350 pounds (or just under 159 kilograms), which is easily going to be way more than you and all your gear and your aquatic haul all together, and it only weighs 26 pounds (or just under 12 kilograms).
When you buy this board, you will also be going home with bungee cords, a manual hand pump, a detachable fin (that works as part of this board’s tri fin system), and and a backpack to safely store it all in when it’s deflated.
Overall, the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is on the more affordable side, while still being a stand up board of excellent quality! Not to mention it comes with a 2 year warranty. If you’re looking for a stable and reliable board to catch (and to successfully reel in!) bigger fish off of, give the Tower Paddle Boards Adventure Stand Up Paddle Board a shot!
ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board
The ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board is extremely tough and rugged, thanks to the military grade PVC it’s made out of. This material ensure that your inflatable fishing board will withstand any bumps, scrapes and scratches that may come your way.
This fishing stand up paddle board is 11 feet long, 32 inches wide, 6 inches high, supports 275 pounds (or just under 125 kilograms) and it weighs only 19.1 pounds (just under 9 kilograms). All that length, all that surface space, all that weight capacity, for only 19.1 pounds. This is one of the lightest fishing stand up paddle boards around, you could have your kid carry this thing for you! And as if the weight didn’t make carrying it in and out of the water easy enough, it has built in handles.
The 14 D-rings on this fishing stand up paddle board ensure that you have a lot of surface space to rope your gear down on to. The beauty of this length of this board, the weight capacity of the board, and all of the d-rings working together, is that you even have enough space to safely attach a cooler to keep your caught fresh fish in, so that you can be out on the water for hours on end!
The already impressive ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board also comes with an adjustable paddle, a helpful manual, a a high pressure hand pump, a backpack to carry it all in, a coil leash and a snap in fin (that works as part of this board’s tri fin system).
Overall, the ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board is a slightly pricier, but dependably stiff, and durable board that comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, and a 30 day no risk return guarantee, although we’re pretty sure that once you get this fishing board out onto the water, the return guarantee will be the last thing on your mind!