How to Fish From a Paddleboard

A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing from a Paddleboard

The popularity of paddleboard fishing has skyrocketed in recent years. These days, it’s not uncommon to see dozens of fishermen standing out on their boards and trying to reel in the likes of trout and snook. If you have any sort of history with canoe or kayak fishing, paddleboard fishing is the next step up. The fact that you can stand up on the board gives you a huge advantage, letting you see for further distances than ever before and sneak up on those unsuspecting fish.

Paddleboards are also much easier to carry around than canoes and kayaks, as well as providing a really great way for you to strengthen your core muscles and get a better sense of balance. At the same time, these boards can be a little expensive, and they aren’t quite as resistant as boats, so you do have to be careful about where you do your fishing. In addition, if you’re just making the switch from a kayak to a paddleboard, it might take a while for you to make the adjustment.


How Athletic Do You Need to Be to Fish From a Paddleboard

So now we’ve looked at some basic pros and cons of paddleboard fishing, let’s look at some tips and techniques you should be using to have the best experiences and the most success when you head out yourself. From the outside, riding a paddleboard can seem a little overwhelming, but it’s far easier than something like surfing.

Still, having a good sense of balance is important for this activity, so it’s smart to keep practicing and do what you can to improve your own sense of coordination. That way, you’ll be able to put all of your energy and focus into the fishing itself, rather than worrying about keeping yourself upright on the board. If you’ve not got much experience, we recommend simply taking a board out and doing some paddling, just to get a feel for it.


Tips to Effectively Fish From a Paddleboard

When you’re ready to start fishing, there are a few important tips that you really need to know. The first thing is figure out some way to store your rods vertically. A lot of newbie paddleboard fishermen are seeing fumbling around with their rods and paddles. Not only does this waste a lot of time, it also helps to scare away any fish in the vicinity. The most efficient fishermen store their rods vertically at all times.

This allows them to simply remain standing on the board and grab their rods at any time. If you place your rods correctly, you won’t even need to turn your head to pick them up. That way, you can keep your eyes on the prize and make sure those fish don’t get away while you prepare your rod. So how do you do this? There are dozens of methods. Some coolers come with straps or holders on the side to store your rods, or you can easily make your own holders with a few tools.

bote-paddleboardOur next tip is to wade. Too many paddleboard fishermen stay on their boards all of the time. There’s nothing really wrong with that, but if you don’t get out into the water yourself, then you’re severely limiting your chances of catching anything. Stepping out into the water gives you more support to reel in any catches, as well as allowing you to sneak up more quietly on your prey. One important thing to remember here is to keep the board attached to your body at all times, whenever you decide to do a bit of wading.

We recommend simply tying a bit of rope around your waist and attaching to the corner of the board. You’ll be free to wade wherever you like, without running the risk of losing your equipment. It’s also wise to wear smart shoes when wading; you need to keep yourself safe from rays and other potential hazards.

We also recommend that you keep control of your paddle. This tip is similar to the vertical rods tip. If you’re picking up and putting down your paddle every time you see some fish, you’re wasting time and potentially causing yourself to miss out on a good catch. In addition, dropping the paddle at your feet can easily lead to that paddle slipping off the board and into the water.

You need to keep your paddle safe and secure, and you also need to be as efficient as possible. Again, a little bit of rope is all you need. Tie a piece around your waist, make a loop at one end and slide the paddle into that loop whenever you’re grabbing your rod. This allows you to remain standing at all times, and even gives you the possibility to control the rod with one hand and the paddle with the other, should you need to move a little closer or further away from the fish.

Paddleboard fishing is a lot of fun, but it can be frustrating when you don’t know the right way to go about it. Picking up the paddles and rods can seem like a waste of time and can easily scare away the fish, but our tips above should help you to eliminate that problem once and for all. Follow our advice and remember to take your time.

Practice on your board beforehand until you really feel at ease on it, otherwise you won’t be having a good time and you probably won’t be catching any fish. Like any other type of fishing, this activity needs plenty of patience, but can be incredibly rewarding if you’re ready to put in some of your own time and effort.

About the author

Mike Paris

Mike is the editor of NWT Outfitters and as you may expect, an avid outdoorsman... When Mike isn't logged into the NWT backend, he's camping, climbing, hunting, fishing, or doing some combination of the four.

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