Paddle boards are good for catching waves and catching dinner these days. Just imagine how many fish you can catch when they don’t sense you coming. No engine, no wake and no depth requirement mean wayyyy more fish on your line. If your family has fallen into that mid-summer rut, SUP fishing is your answer.
No experience? No worries. The iRocker crew is here with everything you need to know before you cast your first line. On the flip side, we dive even deeper into the world of SUP fishing for you fishin men and women with plenty of experience under your belt.
A Successful Fishing Trip Starts with the Right Gear
Ask anyone who knows anything about fishing — you probably won’t catch a fish if you don’t use the right bait. Whether you opt for lures or live bait, it’s important to identify the water you’re in and the type of fish in the area.
Once you purchase the right bait and wrangle your favorite pole out of the garage, it’s time to accessorize your paddle board with the necessities. Sure, you’ll have a fine day of fishing from your iRocker with standard gear and a decent pole. But like most sports, SUP fishing is best experienced with some special equipment.
Just think about it. You’re probably going to need a place to store the fish you catch, right? Right. Use an iRocker Cooler Deck Bag to store your live bait and keep those fresh catches cool for hours.
You’re definitely going to want a rod holder, too. If you work with multiple fishing poles or simply want to give your biceps a break, a rod holder is your best friend.
iRocker fishing accessories easily attach to all iRocker and BLACKFIN boards. Every square inch of our boards is built to elevate the SUP experience. From the alligator patterned traction pad to the lightweight yet buoyant material, iRocker boards are the perfect vessel for a casual day on the water.
Skills for Saltwater vs. Freshwater
Every element of your fishing experience is dictated by the type of water you explore. Freshwater, brackish and saltwater all attract different types of sea life. The best advice we can give is to do your homework before launching your board.
Strike up a convo with the guys at your local tackle store and follow a few fishing blogs online. The right research can save you lots of time and money in the long run. Believe it or not, fishing doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby if you do it right.
Plenty of geniuses online have found innovative ways to make the most of their SUP while fishing. Less surface areas doesn’t have to mean fewer catches. Using simple tricks to give your gear multiple purposes is the best way to maximize your experience.
If saltwater is your vibe, you’ll want to remember a few key facts. First, it’s a good idea to understand tidal schedules in your area. The movement of the water doesn’t always fall in line with high tide and low tide, especially in channels and inlets. Marine charts are another crucial tool in any fisherman’s arsenal.
Freshwater fishing isn’t the polar opposite of saltwater fishing, it just requires a different strategy. Similar to marine charts, freshwater fishing can be tracked by the moon, sun and weather patterns. Fish react differently to bright sunlight versus a gray morning, so understand the impact of weather on sea life.
Control Your Board to Keep Your Catch
How you wield your board through the water is a whole lot more challenging with a fishing pole and tackle box. All you need is some rope to ensure a successful day of SUP fishing.
Secure your board: Tie an eight-foot rope around your waist and attach the other end to your iRocker. This is a great way to keep your board close when you wade through the water.
Secure your paddle: Create a small loop on both ends of a three-foot rope and wrap it around your waist. Hook one loop through the other and let the paddle rest from your waist onto the board. The constant movement of picking up and placing down your paddle can quickly exhaust your body (and scare away the fish).
Share a Shot of Your SUP Fishing Catch of the Day
Out of all the gear you bring out on the water with you, you just can’t forget your camera. Take a few pictures of your SUP fishing success and share with the iRocker crew. Hey, who knows! We may even share your trophy fish on our Facebook or Instagram.
If you’re excited to get started but don’t even have a board yet, we’re here with your answer. SUP fishing requires length and width to increase buoyancy. The perfect board for your new sport is the iRocker Cruiser. Apply your new fishing skills to the world of SUP and you’ll quickly fall in love with this modern form of fishing.
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