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Top 10 Best Fishing SUP Boards (of 2021) Reviewed & Rated

The best fishing paddle boards are transportable, stable and durable. Having the option to stand up whilst you are fishing also means that you can benefit from a better eye on the water and catch more fish as a result.

Quick Picks

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Best overall
Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable FishSUP - Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package
Best Price
Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board — Durable Lightweight Touring SUP with Stable Wide Stance — 11' Long x 32" Wide x 6" Thick (Moss)
Best for Beginners
TOWER Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board - (6 Inches Thick) - Universal SUP Wide Stance - Premium SUP Bundle (Pump & Adjustable Paddle Included) - Non-Slip Deck - Youth and Adult - Adventurer 2
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Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable Board
Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
TOWER Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board
Benefit 1
Foldable/detachable seat.
Great family option.
Wider board for added storage space and balance.
Benefit 2
Multiple accessories included.
Light-weight and easy to hold.
Military-grade PVC materials.
Benefit 3
Swallowtail design for speed and accuracy.
Tie downs for all your fishing gear.
Comes with high-pressure pump.
Benefit 4
Paddle pocket to keep your paddle safe when you are happy with your positioning.
Quick to inflate
Transportable when deflated.
Benefit 5
Anti-slip deck pad for added grip and stability.
Affordable option.
Diamond-grooved deck pad for grip.
Best overall
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Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable FishSUP - Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package
Title
Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable Board
Benefit 1
Foldable/detachable seat.
Benefit 2
Multiple accessories included.
Benefit 3
Swallowtail design for speed and accuracy.
Benefit 4
Paddle pocket to keep your paddle safe when you are happy with your positioning.
Benefit 5
Anti-slip deck pad for added grip and stability.
Best Price
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Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board — Durable Lightweight Touring SUP with Stable Wide Stance — 11' Long x 32" Wide x 6" Thick (Moss)
Title
Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
Benefit 1
Great family option.
Benefit 2
Light-weight and easy to hold.
Benefit 3
Tie downs for all your fishing gear.
Benefit 4
Quick to inflate
Benefit 5
Affordable option.
Best for Beginners
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TOWER Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board - (6 Inches Thick) - Universal SUP Wide Stance - Premium SUP Bundle (Pump & Adjustable Paddle Included) - Non-Slip Deck - Youth and Adult - Adventurer 2
Title
TOWER Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board
Benefit 1
Wider board for added storage space and balance.
Benefit 2
Military-grade PVC materials.
Benefit 3
Comes with high-pressure pump.
Benefit 4
Transportable when deflated.
Benefit 5
Diamond-grooved deck pad for grip.

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

The Definitive Guide to Stand Up Paddle Boards for Fishing

Best fishing paddle boards.

Put simply, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is great for fisherman looking to make their fishing trips more fun, exciting and rewarding. Not only is paddle boarding a brilliant workout, but it also allows you to move with the fish your are trying to catch and make the most of private spots that you couldn’t reach in a fishing boat/on the river bank.

There are countless paddle boards available though made from a huge selection of different brands. It can be hard to pick which one is right for you and which will give you the best stability, comfort and performance.

As a result of reports from fisherman struggling to try their hand at paddle boarding due to a lack of knowledge on the best boards, we put together this buyers guide. We have spent time researching some of the best options and listed them below alongside details on their size, materials, features, pros and cons.

If you still have questions after reading this guide, please feel free to email us and ask! We can be reached at info@sportarly.com.

The 10 Best Paddle Boards for Fishing

1. Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 (Inflatable Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package)

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

You won’t find a more comprehensive and ready to go fishing SUP board than this one. Despite the more expensive cost, I would recommend this board to any fisherman or fisherwoman regardless of their experience level. If you are new to paddle boarding though, take it out without any of the accessories or your fishing gear a good few times to get used to it. It will take time to develop your balance on the board. and, I am afraid to say, you are likely to fall in a couple of times before finding your balance.

Stability

The Sea Eagle is one of the best fishing paddle boards on the market. It delivers on impressive, well-balanced stability. The standing surface of this SUP has an anti-slip deck pad for added traction. The swallowtail design improves stability and buoyancy for a smooth ride on calm waters like lakes and gentle creeks.

Features

The board comes with accessories for all of your fishing gear. There are 14 heavy-duty, stainless steel rings to hook your gear to. There is a built-in paddle pocket to make sure you don’t lose track of the necessities. There are three removable skegs for better tracking and, as mentioned above, a swallowtail design for manoeuvrability and added stability.

Pros
  • Ready to go with all of the gear and accessories you will need for your fishing trip.
  • Premium quality board with great bouyancy.
  • Swallowtail design allows you to turn and manoeuvre quickly and easily.
  • Paddle pocket to keep your paddle safe when you are happy with your positioning and ready to fish.
  • 14 stainless steel rings to keep your gear hooked and secure on the board.
  • Anti-slip deck pad for added grip and stability.
Cons
  • Expensive option (especially if you are new to paddle boarding).
  • Will take some getting used to if you haven’t tried paddle boarding when fishing before.

2. Aqua Marina Drift with Fish Cooler & Fishing Rod Holders

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

This board is like a slimmed down version of the above. Better for those on a tighter budget and/or beginners looking to find out if paddle board fishing is an activity that they enjoy. Check regularly to catch them in stock and enjoy your time on the water!

Stability

This SUP has independent side chambers that serve as pontoons to provide maximum stability on the water. The board is made from high-quality materials, so you don’t have to worry about rocks or branches damaging the bottom.

Features

This paddleboard features bungees for holding fishing cargo, plus two pole holders and a fishing cooler. It comes with a manual pump. However, we recommend upgrading to an electric pump with an additional purchase. Doing so will save you time, energy and focus that can be better spent strategising in order to catch more fish. The deck also features an anti-skid cover for user safety and balance.

Pros
  • Significantly more affordable option.
  • Side chambers that more stability when out on the water.
  • Strong material that won’t be easy to scratch (even in shallower waters).
  • Secure bungees to hold fish cargo.
  • 2 x pole holders.
  • 1 x fishing cooler (for catch or to keep your lunch cold!).
Cons
  • Less accessories than the option above.

3. California Board Company 10’6 Typhoon Fiberglass Paddle Board (with Board Bag & Paddle)

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

The professional California Board Company builds top of the range paddle boards that will help deliver the fishing experience that you have been dreaming of. A traction pad on the deck side provides added stability making it good for beginners.

Stability

This paddle board is a solid piece and is built from epoxy resin-coated fiberglass and compression-molded polymers. Compared to inflatable models on the market, the solid-state of this board gives the user a more stable surface. It has a traction pad on the deck surface and a built-in leash, so you don’t lose your board on the water or the land.

Features

The Typhoon paddle board comes with two bungee tie-downs for your gear and a carbon fiber paddle for ultimate durability. It has a traction pad on the deck surface for more stability and a rounded fin design for easy navigation. This paddle board also comes with a carrying bag for transportation and storage.

Pros
  • Premium California Board Company brand.
  • Traction pad for added grip and stability.
  • Great option for beginners.
  • Strong epoxy resin-coated, fiberglass and compression-molded polymers.
  • Built-in leash to keep it securely attached to you.
  • Bungee tie-downs to secure gear and equipment to the board.
Cons
  • Some think that inflated paddle boards can be better to learn on (due to the increased risk of falling in the water when you are just learning).

4. Airhead SUP SS Bonefish 1138

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

The Airhead stand-up paddle board is great for the developing fishing paddle boarder. The small accessory mounts and bag makes it perfect for those looking to improve their boarding balance and SUP fishing skills. A real contender for the top fishing paddle board.

Stability

The Airhead SUP is an inflatable paddle board that features two chambers (sometimes known as pontoons) for better stability out on the water. The deck features full length, anti-slip mats. The board has two removable fins that help with stability, navigation and transportation.

Features

There is room for all of your cargo with this inflatable paddle board, which features ten stainless steel D-rings and two bungees. Transportation is also easy with the included mesh carrying bag and molded handle. There are two smaller accessory mounts that can hold fishing poles and four accessory mount pads for fishing buckets and rod racks. These additional features make the board a perfect option for the developing SUP fishing enthusiast.

Pros
  • Great for all-level paddle boarders.
  • Comes with multiple accessories.
  • 2 chambers for balance and stability.
  • Anti-slip mats on the top side of the board.
  • Detachable fins for easy transport.
Cons
  • Bright and colorful design, not the best option for those looking for a more subtle look and feel.

5. Zray Inflatable Paddle Board

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

A strong, study and stable option for those wanting an affordable, easy-to-use fishing board. The Zray brand has combined a sleek, subtle and almost camouflage design with all of the features that you would want in your fishing SUP board.

Stability

Zray paddle boards are some of the best fishing paddle boards available. These inflatable boards are made with multiple layers of drop-stitching, and woven wire reinforced sidewalls. They can handle more inflation without the risk of bursting or leaking. For the size Zray offers impressive stability and balance.

Features

With smaller dimensions (at 8 feet long and 30 inches wide), this board is a good choice for younger or smaller individuals. Due to the size and inflatable style, it is very lightweight and easy to transport. The deck is contoured and padded to ensure riders have a good grip and an ankle leash attaches to a D-ring to keep the board safely within reach.

Pros
  • Inflatable option which can be better for beginners who are more likely to fall in the water.
  • Multiple drop-stitching layers keeps the board tightly held together (preventing damage and tears).
  • A smaller option so good for travel.
  • Padded deck for extra grip.
Cons
  • Smaller size can make it more difficult for new boarders to keep balance.
  • The board comes with less accessories than other options.

6. TOWER Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board (6 Inches Thick)

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

The Tower board is a wider option perfect for those looking to take their fishing excursions to the next level. With this option, you will find balance and stability, not to mention comfort.

Stability

The Tower inflatable SUP features a wider deck at 32 inches for better balance while standing. The design has a single large fin for easy, stable steering. Drop-stitching and military-grade PVC provide durable construction, boasting unparalleled rigidity for regular use.

Features

This board features a proprietary diamond-grooved deck pad for traction and stability while riding. It comes with a fiberglass paddle, large fin, high-pressure pump, and a built-in carrying handle. When deflated and rolled up, the board is about the size of an average sleeping bag.

Pros
  • Wider board for added storage space and balance.
  • Military-grade PVC material makes the board extra durable.
  • Diamond-grooved deck pad is a great solution to balance problems.
  • High-pressure pump allows the board to be inflated quickly and easily.
  • When deflated and rolled up, the board can transported with ease.
Cons
  • Not the best option for those who prefer a thinner, smaller board.

7. BOTE Rackham Aero Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board for Fishing

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

Looking for a fishing board with all the bells and whistles? This is the option for you. Not only is it a high-quality stable board from a highly-respected brand, but is comes with all the accessories that you could need out on the water (see details below).

Stability

This SUP uses a two-chamber design and flat bottom to provide maximum stability on the water. It features thick rails and durable, puncture-resistant construction. The inner core is reinforced with thousands of composite fibers to withstand maximum air pressure for a hard inflate.

Features

The board comes with a compact carrying bag, three-piece adjustable paddle, hand pump, and repair kit. The large, inflatable fin is removable too. There are two optional sheaths to hold the paddle and a fishing spear if needed.

Pros
  • Comes with multiple accessories.
  • Highly sought after BOTE brand.
  • Bouyant two-chamber design.
  • Smooth, flat bottom of the board.
  • Compact carry bag and detachable fin makes it great for paddle boarding on the go!
Cons
  • One of the more expensive options.

8. Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

A cheaper board that doesn’t compromise on quality. This is a great family board that you, the kids and even your pet can enjoy. In general, inflatable boards such as this are more suitable for younger and more experienced fishing paddle boarders.

Stability

The Peak Expedition board uses military-grade reinforced PVC for strength, reliability and durability. The EVA deck pad provides good traction, and the width provides stability and comfort while standing, sitting or kneeling. This board is lightweight yet durable and provides enough room to accommodate extra gear or even pets.

Features

The board comes with a three-piece aluminum paddle, ankle leash, backpack, removable fin, and high-pressure pump. There is a rear bungee to tie down extra gear. Detaching the removable fin is simple and does not require tools making it suitabl even for younger fishing fans/kids (with supervision). The board quickly inflates in 7-10 minutes and deflates in as little as 3.

Pros
  • Great family option (with kids and pets being able to use it with supervision).
  • Light-weight, easy to hold aluminium paddle is included.
  • Reinforced PVC materials make this board long-lasting.
  • Tie downs for all your fishing gear.
  • Quick to inflate (7 – 10 minutes), quick to deflate (as little as 3 minutes).
Cons

None we could find or think of.

9. NRS Heron Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

It would seem that the NRS Heron board is purpose built for fishing trips. The multiple rings, chains and bungees make for the perfect way to attach your gear, catch and fishing accessories to the board.

Stability

Every part of this SUP adds to its stability in the water. Heavy-duty materials and sturdy construction means that you will maintain maximum air pressure with no leaks. Double sidewalls allow for more air capacity resulting in firmer inflation, and dual side chambers provide a wide floating base.

Features

This SUP has room for all of your gear with plenty of flexibility. It contains heavy-duty D-rings, bungees, daisy chains, and three sturdy handles to hook gear and the handle to with ease. It is equipped with a durable, D7 inflation/deflation valve for efficient performance and outlasting quality. It folds up to a compact size for easy transportation and storage.

Pros
  • Multiple features to keep gear and accessories attached on or off the water.
  • Firm inflation and a design that keeps the air locked tight inside.
  • Wide floating base that will keep you sturdy in the water for years to come (providing it is looked after and maintained properly).
  • Foldable board for transport.
Cons
  • Does not come with as many accessories as some of the options above.

10. Imagine Surf V2 Wizard Angler SUP

*Details last updated on 2021-04-13

Last on the list but certainly not list, the Imagine surf V2 board is the perfect board for fishermen and fisherwomen. Choose between a seat or a standing position depending on your mood and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Stability

Made from blow-molded polyethylene, this SUP is one of the few on our list that is not inflatable. The rigidity of the material provides better stability and durability than its inflatable competitors. It includes a full-length EVA deck pad for improved traction and safety. It is a little heavier than some of the other paddle boards, but that weight adds to the stability in the water.

Features

The V2 Wizard includes a flip-up seat that can be tucked away when not in use. It has several molded features for comfort and convenience, including two storage compartments, a bungee system, rod holders, and a paddle clip. While most of the paddleboards on our list are versatile, this one is particularly well-suited for fishing.

Pros
  • Seating or standing option available on every board (flip the seat up or down depending on your mood).
  • Rigid material.
  • Full-length EVA deck pad for maximum traction and safety whether you are sitting or standing.
  • All of the features you would want and expect on a fishing SUP board.
  • An incredibly versatile fishing vessel.
Cons
  • Not an inflatable board (meaning it might be better for intermediate and advanced boarders).
  • As it is not inflatable, it will also not be the easiest board to travel with.

The Best Fishing Paddle Boards Review Criteria

Any fishing SUP board is going to cost a decent amount, so you will want to be sure that whatever one you buy is the right one for you. Knowing what criteria we used to decide what makes a good fishing paddle board will no doubt help you in your own purchasing decision. So, whether you are considering one of the boards listed above, or any other option, keep the below criteria in mind.

Stability

In our opinion, one of the most important things to look for in a paddle board is how stable and balanced it is. This is especially true when using it for fishing considering you will be potentially spending hours at a time on it.

What material it is made out of, how tall and wide it is, and how thick it is (amongst other things) will dictate how stable you are on it. Whilst experience, balance and coordination comes in to it to some extent, you want to control what you can well in advance of your fishing trip!

Features

Next you will want to assess what features and functionality the board has and compare it to your personal requirements. For example, if you don’t have a roof rack and/or want to travel with your board, you will want to go with an inflatable option. If this is the case, you will want your board to have a detachable fin also.

Accessories

How many and what accessories a board comes with will also influence your decision. In fact, some boards come pre-packaged with all the accessories you would ever need for a successful fishing trip. If budget is a bigger concern, go with a board with less accessories. You can always order more accessories later on should you want them.

Price

Of course budget and price will be a concern with any larger piece of sports or fishing equipment you order. Costs vary greatly depending on the brand making your board and its features. You should budget a minimum of $500 to get a good quality board and they get gradually more expensive from their depending on what features and accessories they offer. Spending a fortune won’t always get you the best board but spending next to nothing will always get you a low-quality one.

If budget is still a concern/issue, I suggest checking out some used boards. Just make sure that you properly vet the seller before going through with the purchase.

SUP Fishing Tips

Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of your SUP fishing trips.

Always Get a Fishing License

Unlicensed fishing fines can be expensive and spoil what should be a relaxing and peaceful experience. Always research the rules and regulations in the area you intend to visit. Purchase a fishing license well in advance and carry all the relevant documentation with you on the day.

Analyse the Weather & Environment

Before getting in the water, take a few minutes to observe and analyse the weather and environment. Get a gauge on the wind, current and tide. Doing so can help prepare yourself for any drift and allow you to strategize where you will do your fishing. It could even be worth saying hello to the locals and asking if they know of any particularly good spots.

Prepare & Don’t Overpack

Unnecessary weight can get you off balance and clutter the deck. Given your limited space, you should only pack what you need for the trip. Too much stuff will slow you down on the water too.

Tie Your Equipment to The Board

No matter how careful you are, there is always the chance that you capsize and end up in the water. So, tie all of your gear and valuables down to prevent you loosing them in the event of an accident. You can always unfasten them once you are stationary.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you fish from a paddle board?

You absolutely can! Fishing from a paddle board can be incredibly relaxing, enjoyable and productive. Make sure that you look for a paddle board designed for fishing though as these are made to keep your gear, bait and rods safely attached whilst you are out on the water.

Will I catch more fish on a paddle board?

Whilst a paddle board can allow you to get to the quieter areas where fish haven’t been previously disturbed (and might be easier to catch), how many fish you catch on a paddle board will still depend on where you are, if others are fishing in the area, the time of year/day, the weather and how good you are at fishing. You will need just as much patience whilst paddle board fishing as you need whilst fishing normally.

Do I still need a fishing license?

Yes, most likely. You need a fishing license almost everywhere and you are always better researching well in advance of your trip. You do not want to end up with a hefty fine if you are caught fishing without a license.

What accessories do I need with a fishing SUP board?

Well, technically speaking if you have your rods, bait and a paddle, you are good to go. You will however find that your trips are much more enjoyable and productive if you bring along a few important accessories. I have listed some common ones below.

Rod Holders

Some boards come with these pre-attached. If not, you will want to invest in some fishing rod holders to keep your lines uncrossed and your deck better organised. Trust me, ordering these will save you a lot of time and stress.

Fishing Cooler

You will find some boards that come with a fishing cooler (some are even built directly in to the board!). Providing all goes well on your trip, you might be out on the water for some time. Having a cooler full off food, drinks and snacks will allow you to be more comfortable, focused and patient throughout your trip.

Board Stabilizers

Even the best paddle boarders will benefit from stabilizers. You will never be more glad you bought them than on a chillier day where the last thing you want is to spend some time in the water. With you on the board plus any rods, gear and accessories, you are bound to get off-balance from time to time. A stablizer is an easy fix for this.

Waterproof Carry Case or Bag

no matter how careful and still you are out on the water, accidents happy and you and/or your gear can easily end up floating in it. This is where a waterproof carry case or bag pays for itself. Keep you valuables such as cash, your phone, keys and any medication in their so you don’t have to worry about them getting lost or damaged.

Seat

I know what you’re thinking, it is called ‘stand up paddle boarding’ so why are we talking about a seat? Well, if you’re fishing on your board you might be out on the water all day. Standing up for even a couple hours is exhausting. So, many of the best fishing SUP boards come with detachable (or even built in) seats.

GPS

Do you know the way around all the lakes and rivers in your area? Me either. A GPS can make or break your SUP fishing trip (especially when you’re trying out a new area). The last thing you want is to be lost and stressed after a day of reeling them in!

SUP Flash/Fishing Light

Sometimes the best catches are made early on in the morning or late in the evening/at night. Also, at these quieter times, it can even more relaxing and peaceful out on the water (which can lead to a better catch). Normal flashlights are easily lost, often not the brightest and can have a relatively short battery life. For this reason, it is worth investing in a good SUP fishing light. I suggest that you find and invest in a fishing light that integrates nicely with your paddle board. Not only will it give you better vision but it will also help other vessels, people and boats see you in darker environments.

Anchor

Once you reach your favourite fishing sports, you will find that you can quickly start to drift. Having an anchor to hand will extend your trips and can result in more productive sessions. Considering how light the board and you are compared to a boat or kayak, a small anchor will do the trick.

Lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

This one is self explanatory. Even the strongest of swimmers are at risk in open water. Get yourself a suitable PFD and wear it anytime you go out on your board.

Board Leash

The board leash keeps the whole board attached to you in the event that you fall in the water. Fasten it to your ankle before going out to keep you, others and your gear safe.

SUP Paddle

I am not sure if this one should really be counted as an accessory as without one, you aren’t going anywhere. Still, a lightweight and efficient paddle can make or break your SUP fishing trip.

Sources

Texas Parks & Wildlife, Fishing Laws, Penalties & Restitution, General Fishing Rules & Regulations.

Weeden Law, Can You Be Arrested For Fishing Without A License?, not legal advice!

Jake Dennon

Jake Dennon

I am an avid sports enthusiast who has been fortunate enough to train with some of the best athletes and coaches in the world.

As a child, I had a keen interest in football (soccer) and regularly played with my friends and for my school. We had an ex England ace coaching us at one point and he really motivated me to make sports a big part of my life.

Moving into my teenage years I tried everything from basketball to weight lifting and everything in between. I was lucky enough to train weekly at a local tennis club who's head coach was a at one point the 9th best player in India and within the top 100 ranked players in the world.

The combat sport coaches I have been trained by have also trained some of the top fighters in the industry. All of these brilliant trainers (and all the ones in between) have shown me just how rewarding keeping fit and healthy can be.

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