The Benefits of Fishing On An Inflatable Paddle Board
Paddleboards are incredibly versatile, they can be used for so many different activities, so why not fishing? On a fishing paddle board, you can be high up, making it easier to see fish. You are smaller than a boat and can get into hard to reach fishing spots and you can be almost silent as you sneak towards fish. There are paddle boards specifically for fishing that are wide and extremely stable. You don’t have to worry about getting flipped over when reeling in a big one.
Paddleboards made for fishing also have fishing rod holders, coolers, seats, and other accessories. You don’t need a lot of space to store or transport them either since the inflatable paddle boards can be folded up and placed in a storage bag. They are extremely durable meaning you don’t have to worry about dinging or scratching them on the occasional rock you may bump into or if you hit bottom. You also don’t have to license and register a paddle board saving you money every year.
The large flat deck makes it easier to maneuver around on the board, and you can fish from all four sides with ease, unlike the similar kayak which limits movement on the vessel. It can also be used for other common paddle board activities which makes them suitable for all ages, you can take your board out for fishing, go for a leisurely paddle, or even do some yoga if you want.
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A Closer Look At Each Fishing Inflatable Paddle Board
Right to the facts, the Z-Ray is 11 feet long, 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick. The weight capacity is 330lbs. It has a 3 fin set up with a removable center fin and 2 stability (side bite) fins.
This board has some unique storage features. Along with the 4 D-link bungee system on the nose, it has 11 grommets on either side running lengthwise. Making tieing down coolers and other gear simple and easy. It also has a D-link on the tail for a coil ankle leash or anchor.
Although this board is not as wide as other fishing paddle boards, the flat wide nose and tail aid in making it stable enough for any fishing needs.
The Z-ray is made with heavy mesh, drop-stitched PVC, and an added side rail PVC layer to create more rigidness and stability. It has an EVA footpad for comfort and added durability. There are 2 handles, one in the middle of the board and one on the tail for easier transport, both in and out of the water.
Included with the board is a single-action hand pump with a built-in psi gauge, an adjustable aluminum paddle that floats, and a backpack/storage bag.
The Z-Ray Fishing ISUP is great for fishing but it could be used for other activities too, like touring or leisure. It’s more simple than other fishing boards which can be a good thing if you don’t want extra stuff taking up space.
- Lots of ways to tie down gear
- Floating Paddle
- All-around board design
The Airhead fishing paddle board is 11 feet 6 inches long, 38 inches wide, and has a 4-inch thick board with 6-inch sponsons (air chambers on either side of the board that inflates individually) for added stability and protection. The weight capacity is 350lbs. It has two 6-inch fins and a center 9-inch fin, all three are removable. The longer stabilizer fins make tracking in flat water much easier.
There is a 6 D-link bungee system on the nose and a 4 D-link bungee system on the tail. There’s also a D-link on each end of the board making it possible to have 2 anchor points and/or secure a coil ankle leash. It has D-links along the sides as well.
The pointed nose of the AIRHEAD SS Bonefish makes it travel better through the water, very similar to a kayak, making it less work to get where you are going. It has a wide flat tail for added stability. The sponsons on the sides are a nice addition not only making this board more stable it also protects from rocks and anything else you may bump into.
Airhead uses a drop-stitch as well as X-cross Technology when making their fishing paddle boards for extra durability. It has a thick EVA footpad for grip and comfort when standing.
There are 4 integrated mounting plates for fishing rod holders or buckets, and 2 smaller mounts for smaller fishing rods or accessories like the Airhead Fishing Rack with 2 fishing rod holders or the 4 fishing rod holder.
There are handles on the nose, middle, and tail, these are great to have because of the size of this board. You are going to want a lot of carrying options when hauling this it around.
Included with this ISUP is a single-action hand pump with a pressure gauge, a repair kit, a board strap, and a mesh bag. Unfortunately, a paddle is not included, but where it’s a bit more budget-friendly than other fishing paddle boards, that may not be a deal-breaker.
If you’re looking for a more dedicated fishing paddle board that has stability features like sponsons, the AIRHEAD SS Bonefish 1138 ISUP is for you. Once you buy a paddle you will have everything you need to get out there and start fishing.
- Sponsons for stability and safety
- 6 D-link Bungee system on the nose
- 4 D-link bungee system tail of the board
- D-link on either end of the board for 2 anchor system
- 4 integrated mount pads for fishing rod holders
This beauty is 12 feet long, 36 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. It has a weight capacity of 290lbs. There’s a 3 fin set up with 2 stabilizer (side bite) fins and a removable center fin.
There’s a 6 D-link bungee system on the nose and a 4 D-link bungee system on the tail of this board. It has 4 D-links in the middle, making it perfect for strapping down a cooler or seat. There are 2 D-links on the tail as well. Elkton Outdoors advertises their D-links to be “hardcore” and being able to hold 100 lbs of force.
The Elkton fishing paddle board has the pointed nose of a touring board for easier paddling making distance more manageable, and a wide flat tail for stability.
Elkton Outdoors has made this board with a double layer of PVC, meaning it’s going to be rigid and extremely durable. There are handles on the nose, middle, and tail for easier transportation.
The footpad covers a large amount of the deck, making it easier to move around on and use the entire board. There are 3 mounting plates already attached which are compatible with Scotty accessories. Two Scotty fishing rod holders are included with purchase.
Included with the fishing paddle board is a double-action pump with pressure gauge, a leash, an adjustable paddle, a backpack/storage bag, and 2 fishing rod holders.
The Elkton Outdoors Grebe Fishing ISUP is a lot of bang for your buck. It has excellent storage and mounting plates which make it a great option for dedicated fishermen.
It has a standard paddle board shape which makes it a more of an all-around board. You could use this board for more than just fishing and the wideness of it makes it great for beginners and taller people.
- 6 D-link Bungee system on the nose
- 4 D-link bungee system on the tail.
- D-links on sides to strap down cooler or seat
- Double layer PVC
- Handles on nose, middle, and tail
- 3 Scotty compatible mounting plates
- 2 fishing pole holders included
The NRS Heron fishing paddle board is 11 feet long, 39 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. It also has sponsons that run almost the entire length of the board on either side that are 7 inches thick. The weight capacity is up to 300 lbs.
It has one removable center fin. A unique thing about this fishing paddle board is it comes with two fins. There’s a long one for lakes and deep water and a short fin for rivers.
There’s a 4 D-link bungee system on the nose and on the tail. On the back half of the board there are small tie down straps located on each sponson. There are around 20 on each side. They are meant for tying down great and give you plenty of options and ways to secure your gear to your fishing paddle board
The full-length sponsons make it a fantastic fishing SUP. They give the stability needed for fishing almost like a kayak and add a little bit of safety because there are 2 independent chambers. It also protects from rocks and other obstructions in the water. The sharply angled nose with a flat tip helps with gliding through the water and the flat tail makes it more stable.
The NRS Heron Fishing ISUP is made with an extra thick double-wall, drop-stitched core material, and has a large EVA footpad for comfort and safety. There are also 3 built-in fishing rod holders, and one handle in the middle of the board, and one on each end
Included with the NRS fishing paddle board are a dual-action hand pump, a lake fin, a river fin, a repair kit, and a backpack/ storage bag. This board does not come with a paddle.
The NRS fishing paddle board is fantastic with lots of great features for the dedicated paddle board fisherman. If you want to know more about the NRS Heron you can check out this awesome video showing the fishing paddle board in action.
- Full-length sponsons for stability and safety
- Tons of straps to tie gear to
- Built-in fishing rod holders
- 2 fin styles included
- Extra wide for stability
The Hippocamp fishing paddle board is 11 feet 6 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. It’s a little more narrow than other fishing paddle boards, but it has the length to give it stability. The weight capacity is up to 400lbs. It has a 3 fin system with 2 stabilizer (side bite) fins and a removable center fin.
There is a 6 D-link bungee system on the nose as well as a 4 D-link bungee system on the tail. There are also 4 D-links on the sides. The board comes with a soft cooler that uses velcro clips to attach to the D-links, and can hold up to 10 cans (12oz) with room for ice.
This fishing paddle board is a little less like a fishing board in shape and more like a touring board. If you are planning on going to a spot that is further away or maybe doing more distance paddling than fishing this board is perfect.
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Hippocamp is made with military-grade dual-layered PVC with a high-density drop-stitch core making it durable and rigid. Unlike any of the boards on this list, there is a carbon fiber stringer on the bottom and top, making it even more rigid and more like a hard paddle board.
The footpad is a dual-layered fingerprint texture IXPE making it comfortable and giving a better grip than most. There is a fishing rod mount near the nose and 2 more mounts on the sides.
Included with this board is an impressive amount of accessories, as usual, you get the board, a pump with pressure gauge, and a very nice backpack/storage bag with wheels.
You also get a kayak seat, a small cooler, a paddle with another paddle attachment to turn it into a kayak paddle, 2 fishing rod holders that connect to the fishing rod mounts, and a waterproof fanny pack for your phone and keys.
The SBBC Hippocamp Fishing ISUP is a fantastic purchase not only because of all the added accessories but the board is made of some high-quality materials.
The extra thought put into the board shows with things like the carbon fiber stringer, and the softer more comfortable footpad. The South Bay Board Co. is a customer and family-oriented business from LA, quality, and communication is their main goal. Which means you not only will get an amazing board, you will also get the assurance that any problems you may have will be taken care of.
- 400 lbs weight capacity
- 6 D-link bungee system on the nose
- 4 D-link bungee system on the tail
- Carbon Fiber Stringer
- 3 Fishing Rod Mounts
- 2 Fishing Rod Holders
- Included Kayak Seat
- Additional Paddle attachment to turn Paddle into Kayak Paddle
- Waterproof Fanny Pack
- Securable Soft Cooler
This is the true fishing ISUP, measuring 12 feet 6 inches long, 40 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. The weight capacity is 350lbs. It has a 3 removable fin set up.
There is a 4 D-link bungee system on the nose, 4 D-links down each side, and 2 D-links on the tail. The package includes a multi-purpose storage box that fits on the nose and has two fishing rod holders built into it.
The nose is pointed making it easier to glide through the water, the tail is a wide swallow tail design creating one of the most stable boards out there. The tail has a removable electric motor mount which can take up to a 45 lbs motor with a 55 lbs thrust like the Minn Kota Endura Trolling Motor.
The fishing paddle board is made of 1000 denier, with reinforced drop stitch, and a quadruple overlap seam. The EVA footpad is large and covers much of the deck. There is a paddle pocket directly below the nose bungee system to keep your paddle secure when fighting that fish.
There is a handle on the nose, middle, and both sides of the swallowtail for easy transportation and a 36-inch ruler onto the deck of the board. You can reel in the fish, and just flop it down on the deck to see how long it is.
You get some cool stuff with this fishing paddle board. It comes with a standard double action pump with a pressure gauge, repair kit, and backpack/storage bag.
You also get a kayak paddle, a storage bag with 2 fishing rod holders built it, an electric motor mount, and maybe the coolest part, a swivel seat that mounts right onto the board. It attaches to the D-links, with 2 fishing rod mounts on it, and weighs only 15 lbs.
What I like about the Sea Eagle Fishing ISUP is it can be a paddle board that could be fun for just hanging out at the lake, or it can be a specialized fishing vessel. The added swivel seat is a neat feature and usually something you only see on boats or kayaks.
I love the electric motor mount as well because being able to use a trolling motor is not something people usually can do on a paddle board. If you are a fishing advocate and want to fish on lakes, rivers, or oceans, you’re going to love this board.
- Very wide and stable
- Electric Motor Mount
- Swivel Seat Included
- Kayak and Paddleboard Paddle Included
- 4 Fishing Rod Holders on box and seat
- D-links along sides for storage
- Paddle Pocket to secure paddle
The Elkton fishing paddle board is a little more affordable than some of the others and it is a great fishing paddle board.
It has the 3 mounting plates for fishing rod holders and has two holders included with purchase. There are 2 bungee systems for storage and D-links in the middle for a seat or cooler.
It’s not as big as some of the others but it’s going to be stable enough to stand up while catching some fish. It’s a good overall board if you want to be able to fish and also have a paddle board for other activities as well.
I love this fishing paddle board and if I could have two best boards on this list then this would be one of them.
What I love about it are all the small details that are put into it giving a slight edge over other boards. They added a carbon fiber stringer to make it extra rigid which I’ve never seen on an inflatable paddle board.
The footpad is designed for comfort which is important because you may end up standing on it for hours. They include a small cooler, a seat, 2 fishing rod mounts, and a kayak paddle which are all good options to have when it comes to fishing.
The fishing padddle board itself could be used for any other paddle board activities and might even be better than some of the touring boards out there. I like the company too, they seem to care about their customers and products which is always something worth paying for.
When it comes to fishing you can’t beat this paddle board. It’s still a very portable inflatable paddle board but it doesn’t look like it. I can’t believe it can fold up and fit into a bag.
The electric motor option is a cool accessory and something I never thought about adding to a paddle board. You can turn it into a boat with the swivel seat and have a motor like the Minn Kota Endura Trolling Motor attached. Also if you feel like going out for a paddle, it will perform just like any other paddle board, and you’re going to have a hard time falling off due to the stability it has.
I think this is a very impressive product that has several awesome features. Fish better beware when you show up with this fishing paddle board.
Things To Consider When Buying An Inflatable Fishing Paddle Board
Stability – You don’t want to have to worry about falling off your board when casting or reeling something in. Width plays the biggest role when it comes to stability.
Some companies have put sponsons on their boards to help make their boards wider, more stable, and also thicker, but sponsons are not always necessary when buying a fishing board. As long as the board is at least 11 feet and over 30 inches wide you are going to be ok.
If you are a taller or bigger person you are going to want to think about getting something wider than most. How stable you want a board to depends on you and what you can handle.
Fishing Rod Mounts – A lot of fishing paddle boards have accessory mounts already on the board. If you already have a board or you want more mounts Scotty makes a good one that is compatible with many of their other fishing accessories like the Scotty #230 Powerlock Rod Holder, camera holders, anchor mounts, and much more.
Storage – Most of the time when fishing you are going to end up bringing lots of gear. You want to think about how much you can fit on the board and still be comfortable. A lot of times you can bring a cooler that can also be used as a seat, but if you’d rather have a real seat you should think about the weight limit, size of the deck, and D-link locations of the board you purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions About Inflatable Paddle Boards For Fishing
Why should I fish from an inflatable stand up paddle board (ISUP)?
Fishing from a stand-up paddle board can be a fun rewarding experience for a few reasons. The first being that you get an advantage over other fishermen on things like kayaks and canoes because you can stand up and look into the water and see fish easier. Normally you would only get this vantage point from a boat. Another reason to fish from a paddle board is you can glide into your favorite fishing hole totally silent, the fish won’t even know you are there.
A huge reason to even have an inflatable paddle board is they can be deflated, rolled up, and stored in a bag. They fit in any size of the vehicle and can be taken long distances on foot. They also don’t need to be registered and normally don’t need to go through boat checks either which saves time and money.
How do I rig my paddle board for fishing?
You can fish from any kind of paddle board but being able to stand while casting and having some way to put your pole down can be a problem. Being able to balance on a narrow board is something you have to learn but you can add mounts for a fishing pole and add extra D-links to tie down the extra gear to your board easily.
Can you stand and fish from a fishing paddle board?
Fishing paddle boards are wider than normal paddle boards and have flat tails to make them stable. Most people should be able to stand and fish from a fishing paddle board but it may take a little practice if you don’t have good balance. If you are tall it can be harder to balance on a board as well. For taller people or those with bad balance buy the widest fishing paddle board you can and you should be able to stand and fish from it. For more details on choosing the right paddle board for you check out this article.
How do I build a fishing paddle board for two?
Multiperson inflatable paddle boards have exploded in popularity this past year and now there are more options than ever. If you need a fishing paddle board for two people all you need to do is rig a multiperson paddle board for fishing by adding fishing rod mounts and Fishing Rod Holders.
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