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Friday, 02 March 2018 10:38

Tips for Angling from your Stand Up Paddle Board

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While nothing beats the comfort and convenience of fishing from a good kayak, there are a growing number of people who take to the water with stand up paddle boards. Initially, these boards were used only for relaxation or exploring, but more and more of them are also popping up as being angling specific.

There are a number of good reasons why some people would choose a stand up paddle board over a kayak for angling, especially if they need something that is easy to transport, easy to maneuver and that can provide you with not only a great field of vision, but also excellent mobility. Of course, fishing from a stand up paddle board isn’t quite the same as when using a kayak, so there are some things that you need to keep in mind. Here are a couple of handy tips to get you started with angling from your board.

Pick The Right Board

It might sound obvious, but without the right board your fishing experience on a stand up paddle board is not going to be optimal. Some boards are designed for yoga on the water while others are surf specific or designed for racing. Trying to fish from any of these boards will be tricky to say the least, so pick a paddle board that is either designed for angling or an all-round board. This will ensure that your board is stable enough for angling and offer you the maneuverability that you need out on the water. The other benefit of choosing a an angling specific paddle board is that these usually come with all the extras you need to make your experience more enjoyable. From fishing rod holders to elastic bungee cords, D-rings and fishing coolers, angling specific boards usually means you don’t have to spend as much time setting up your board. If you are the do-it-yourself type there’s nothing preventing you from buying a cheaper board and then adding all your own accessories, such as attaching a pipe to a milk-crate to use as a rod holder.

Don’t Forget Your Paddle

Paddle boards typically have less space than fishing kayaks for storing your gear, so you have to be really selective about what you bring along. This doesn’t mean that you should overlook the basics as the last thing you want to discover when you are out on the water is that you left your paddle on the shore. Although this might sound ridiculous, there have been anglers that realized to their horror that their paddle is not amongst the clutter on the deck of their boards. Other essentials include your leash, PFD, dry box for your wallet, keys and phone, cooler, rod holders and of course your fishing tackle. If you plan on spending a long time out on the water, then a detachable seat can come in very handy, but a cooler box also works as a great seat in a pinch. Although an anchor adds extra weight to your board, it can be very useful if you want to remain in one place while fishing instead of wasting time trying to do so with your paddle. Finally, even a basic first aid kit is going to be useful in the event that something goes wrong.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

A stand up paddle board provides you with a great view of the fish around you, but this isn’t the only thing that you should be focusing on. Underwater objects, such as sharp rocks, can quickly wreck your expensive paddle board, so make sure that you are not steering into any obstacles in your pursuit of a great catch. The same goes for using your paddle as even just the blade hitting the board if you are not careful can cause some damage.

Practice Makes Perfect

Before you go paddling out to the middle of nowhere in your brand new stand up paddle board, it might be a good idea to practice somewhere safe first. This is especially important if you are new to the hobby as operating a paddle board is different from using a kayak. Going out unprepared might mean making a big splash, scaring away the fish and looking foolish in front of other anglers, but it could also be life threatening. Falling off the board in water that is deep enough to stand up isn’t a big problem, but if it happens when you are miles from the shore it is a different matter. Practicing first, even if it is just in your pool at home, will ensure that you know what to do if you fall off the board and need to get back on. Knowing how to fall if you lose your balance also makes a big difference. Instead of falling onto the board, which can cause an injury, try and fall to the side of the board if possible. Losing your dignity is a lot better than risking an injury or even knocking yourself out if you hit the board.

Don’t Overlook The Elements

Fishing from a stand up paddle board means you are going to be exposed to the elements, which is something that you shouldn’t take lightly. Do your research and prepare before going out and you can make life much easier for yourself. If it is going to be a hot day make sure that you have adequate sun protection and water to stay hydrated. Depending on where you plan to fish, it is also wise to find out exactly what the tide, currents and wind is going to be like or else you might find yourself battling against these just to get back to shore.

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