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SlidellCajun
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Stand up paddle boards for fishing
I have a few paddle boards.
One is a Bote
One is an inflatable of unknown brand.

I hadn’t been using the boards over the past year but started back recently for exercise. I generally just paddle around a few times a week. I enjoy it and the exercise is good.

Several times I’ve been out paddling and come across active specks and reds but no way to take advantage because my boards aren’t equipped. It got me thinking about rigging my boards for fishing.

There’s a lot of YouTube on the subject but I didn’t see anything here.

I could buy the rig for the Bote board but It’s more than I’d like to spend.

Does anyone have experience with this? Recommendations on boards that are geared for fishing or maybe some recommendations on how to equip what I have?


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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
Milk crate and tethers for your gear.


ETA something like this.
https://www.theseasonedsurfer.com/rig-an-inflatable-paddle-board-for-fishing/
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baldona
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
Your bote board has the rigging to accept the bote hardware for fishing? I say that because I don’t know if every bote board was rigged to accept those? If so I’d do that honestly, it’s made well for that. Otherwise you’ll probably spend half the money screwing around with options that will likely never make you happy.


SlidellCajun
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Your bote board has the rigging to accept the bote hardware for fishing? I say that because I don’t know if every bote board was rigged to accept those? If so I’d do that honestly, it’s made well for that. Otherwise you’ll probably spend half the money screwing around with options that will likely never make you happy.


Yeah, it has some slots that will hold a rack system which will hold some rods and maybe a bag of some sort. It’s fairly expensive and not sure it’s worth it. The Bote board is relatively heavy so I’m probably going to rig the inflatable for now.

I have ordered some Scotty mounts for my inflatable which will allow me to hold a couple of rods.
I will also look into rigging up one of my ice chests with rod holders and use that for drinks and fish.
It’ll put tackle in a small box and stow under the bungies.

I’ll need some sort of paddle holder and and I should br good for starters.


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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
yeah I'd spend the money for the Bote brand stuff. That's what it is made for. At least the rack w rod holder. Milk crate a cheap alternative though.


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If you're trying to do it on a budget: get a milk crate and attach a 3 rod holder to it. Bungee it to the SUP. Secure your rods either with leashes or the little foam rod floats. And I use waterproof tackle trays since they'll float



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baldona
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It’s fairly expensive and not sure it’s worth it.


I know and I get that. But I’ve been there and done that, and probably spent more money being cheap on multiple occasions then just buying what’s right and works. Sometimes going cheap definitely works and saves a ton.

I’ve done the pvc pieces zip tied or screwed to milk crates multiple times. It works. If you flip, consider what will happen. I’ve lost a rod in 2 ft of water before, I don’t fricking know how. It was murky and I hit it overboard with my paddle. Looked all around for 30 mins. Still pisses me off.

Make sure everything floats. If it sinks you will lose it. I’ve lost probably $1000 of gear off my kayaks. Spear gun $250, multiple fishing rods, etc.


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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
Only if you're catching snapper...



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SlidellCajun
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
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know and I get that. But I’ve been there and done that, and probably spent more money being cheap on multiple occasions t


Ima get the rack system for my Bote board.
I’ll still have to do ice chest and some sort of tackle holder though.

As for the inflatable, I’m getting some glue in d rings that I can strap all sorts of things to so I don’t lose stuff



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Hobie101
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
I have BOTE Rackham Aero 12.5' w/ grab rack
Great to fish off of, very stable
2 years an no problems

Only complaint is that it's hard to cover a lot of ground. Very slow, especially in any wind or waves


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highcotton2
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
Saw a guy down in Exuma with a Bote Rover . That thing was pretty badass. It was perfect for fishing the flats down there.
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SlidellCajun
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Saw a guy down in Exuma with a Bote Rover .


Yeah that thing is cool. I looked at it at the shop where I got my Bote board. It wouldn’t suit me for what I do as I’m more interested in the paddling aspect of the board and that thing is more suited for being motored. Paddling that thing would be arduous considering it’s weight. It would also pose storage problems for me.

I’m looking at another inflatable to rig up for fishing. Isle and Blackfin look like good set ups and already have some of the rigging done.
Just not sure if I’d rather rig what I have or go with another board already rigged.
It also might be cool to have a few boards rigged.


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awestruck
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Make sure everything floats. If it sinks you will lose it. I’ve lost probably $1000 of gear off my kayaks. Spear gun $250, multiple fishing rods, etc.
Rule 1, if you want it, tie it on.


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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
I have the Bote HD. IF I were to do it again, I do their inflatables. More stable and easier to take places


SlidellCajun
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
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I have the Bote HD. IF I were to do it again, I do their inflatables. More stable and easier to take places


I am growing more aligned with this. My current inflatable is a cheap model and less stable than my hard Bote but its so light and easy to carry that it offsets the instability. I just had to work at it to get my balance right and it’s fine.

The Bote board is stable af but a hassle to move on land. I am in flood prone area so I have to store it high up which can be challenging.

Going to look at an inflatable Bote today. That might just be the way to go


awestruck
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re: Stand up paddle boards for fishing
YouTube

Really like that central brace it looks as if it could be used or adapted in all sort of ways. And it looks like you could hold a dance on top.


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baldona
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I do their inflatables. More stable


You sure about that? I don't have much experience but I've heard over and over that inflatables are NOT as stable. I was going to recommend against that for the OP because of that.


baldona
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Rule 1, if you want it, tie it on.


Not a fan of that on kayaks and paddle boards anymore, I still do it and some 550 cord and a cheap carabiner is effective. The problem is that tying stuff down is clumsy and sucks, for some items its impossible. Having 2 rods tied down gets annoying fast if you hook a decent fish.

I keep some cheap pipe insulation and electrical tape in my garage to add quick flotation to my rods and stuff if on a whim. I wish someone would make rods that float with a 3000 or smaller reel on them. It doesn't take much foam insulation at all to make a rod float.


Hobie101
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You sure about that? I don't have much experience but I've heard over and over that inflatables are NOT as stable. I was going to recommend against that for the OP because of that.


The Rackham Aero is very stable. 400 lb capacity.
But slow and cumbersome in transit on the water.
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You sure about that? I don't have much experience but I've heard over and over that inflatables are NOT as stable. I was going to recommend against that for the OP because of that.



The Bote's are, not sure about the others


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