Fishing Paddle Board vs. Fishing Kayak: Which is better?

Stand up paddle board fishing

There’s a new way for you to enjoy fishing — it’s called stand up paddle board fishing (SUP fishing) and its giving kayak fishing a run for its money.

Over the past year, paddle board companies have taken the anglers world by storm by designing paddle boards specifically for fishing. The latest and greatest fishing paddle boards are coming equipped with fishing rod holders, front & rear bungees and scotty mounts to attach bait trays, fish finders and anything else you need for your day out on the water. Though, this new SUP fishing trend raises the question— how does SUP fishing compare to kayak fishing?

Fishing paddle board vs fishing kayak

SUP fishing vs kayak fishing

Transportation

There are many factors to consider when comparing SUP fishing to kayak fishing. First, you must consider the type of vehicle you drive. If you have a small vehicle and don’t live walking distance to a body of water, transporting a kayak would be nearly impossible.

Transporting a SUP is lighter and more convenient, especially with an inflatable SUP. Inflatable SUPs are super easy to transport and travel with. They deflate to the size of a rolled up sleeping bag. Going on vacation somewhere with amazing fishing? No problem.  Pack your inflatable SUP with your luggage and fly with it. Epoxy SUPs are a little different. Strap an epoxy SUP to the top of any vehicle (size doesn’t matter) and you’ll be ready to cruise over to your favorite fishing spot.

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Fishing capabilities

There are some major differences when comparing the capabilities of a fishing paddle board versus a fishing kayak. The first difference is that you stand on a SUP and sit in a kayak when fishing. Standing for extended periods of time sounds straining, but most fishing specific SUPs offer front and back bungees that are perfect for holding a cooler in place. A cooler is great for two things: 1) Holding frosty drinks and snacks 2) Acts as a seat when you get tired of standing. However, standing while fishing does have its advantages. Standing up while fishing gives you enough room to properly cast your rail and have a fantastic vantage point to see fish swimming around you.

In terms of mobility, both paddle boards and kayaks provide excellent maneuverability (compared to boats) to quickly and easily reach spots where the fish are. However, paddle boards are a bit more agile than kayaks – there is more freedom of movement on the deck pad and also they are easier to turn. In addition, fishing paddle boards are quieter along the surface of the water so you can sneak up on your prey.

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Price comparison

When comparing the price of a fishing paddle board and a fishing kayak, they end up being around the same price point.

  • Fishing paddle boards: $800-$2,000
  • Fishing kayaks: $700-$2,000

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Which one is better? SUP fishing or kayak fishing

To answer this question depends on several factors. If you enjoy fishing in rougher waters like the ocean, a fishing kayak may be your best option. If you plan on doing most of your fishing in calmer waters like ponds, lakes and rivers, a fishing paddle board will be your best option due to freedom of movement, field of vision and comfort.

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