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Paddle Board fishing - my first catch | Category: Introduce yourself

Mark Totzke 4 years ago

had some good fun today and caught the very first fish off my new paddle board.
Well actually it's the second. The first one was caught a few minutes earlier but was a bit small and I released it without taking a photo.

As I currently don't have a proper roof rack to carry a fishing kayak, I decided to try something new and get myself an inflatable standup paddle board (short iSUP) for Christmas.

Figured I could multipurpose that for fishing, surfing and fitness.

I went for the cheapest option I could find. Then I spend the first few times paddling in flat water without taking any gear. Needed a few paddling sessions to build up my balance.

Still a bit shaky on my legs, but thought today is the day to try some fishing off it and voila - got my first fish.
Very excited as it’s such an easy and cheap way to get out to the fishing spots.

I don’t think I could ever paddle the same distance I went with my kayak and admittedly I’m a bit limited to fishing on days with very little wind and calm water. But boy - it’s definitely good fun.

Not yet confident enough to actually cast and fish while standing up. I had to kneel down for casting and reeling in the fish. Was a bit worried I might tip over and loose my gear. Still very happy though - taking it fishing for the first time and landing a good sized snapper.

first snapper on my iSUP - good eating size

simple setup - just a crate strapped on with some rubber bands

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
dazzling79 4 years ago

lol! Good catch on a summer day! Cheers for the paddle board!!

itsaboat 4 years ago

Looks like a great little set up ! Nice snapper

Yeah roof racks might be a bit high. You would need a ladder and a second person.

That blue box you have there could be fitted with floats !! Some of that pool sausage would do it. Cable tie it on. Then you could get some netting with either draw strings or elastic to go over the top. You could then float the box alongside. No more worries about it falling in and if it did happen to upturn the netting would stop things falling out.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Mark Totzke 4 years ago

hey - awesome idea. I'll stop by the two dollar shop and see if I can get some cheap netting.
Think still got half a pool noodle in the car somewhere. And maybe some rubber string to attach to the rod, in case it falls overboard.
Next time I definitely want to try casting while standing up. Much better view

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 4 years ago

I am not just good looking I also have good ideas

You might need something heavy in the box to make it sit down in the water. A couple of litres of drinking water or even a house brick. That way it will stay buoyant and bottom heavy. The foam around the top edge will stop it falling right over and the netting is a fail safe just in case.

I used to do the same thing when I was a kid out on the lake prawning. A bucket with foam. Drill holes in the bucket and add foam floats to the top edge. Keeps the prawns alive and the bucket just floats behind tied to my waist.

Another thing you could do is a bucket with a screw on lid. Everything then stays dry. It is a little harder to do because you need to tie both the buck and the lid to the kayak.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Bristle 4 years ago

I've seen other live keepers where they use a washing basket with a lid. Cable tie the lid on and a wire close tie, then cable tie the pool noodle around the top to float it. A length of rope floats it away from you in case other sea things think its a bait keeper and not a take home keeper.

itsaboat 4 years ago

Can't say I have ever seen a washing basket used before...But it would work just fine and is a good idea.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !