So you have recently purchased a brand-new paddleboard for exercise and fishing. You want to get started as soon as possible, but you should know that there are a few important things to understand when fishing from a paddleboard. Some of those things include bringing minimal gear, planning water entry and exit points, what type of net and bait to use, and how to protect your board.
Let’s talk first about bringing minimal gear. This will be especially important in your first couple of trips. As you get used to what equipment you need, then you can increase it if necessary. If you are a rookie paddleboarder and the conditions get rough, you may find yourself losing a lot of expensive fishing gear. Paddleboard fishing requires that you not only become a good fisherman but also that you become a master of stability.
When you launch a paddleboard, it is similar to launching a kayak, but you will find it to be a little bit trickier when you land. It, therefore, is important to survey the landing areas and choose one that will be easy and safe. Sand or rocks on a beach can scratch or damage it. It is advisable therefore to dismount around waist depth from the shore and then carry your gear in one hand and the board in the other hand.
You will require some bait unless you prefer to fly fish or throw artificial lures. You will also need a bucket with a lid to keep the bait in. For the paddleboard fisherman who prefers to use a cast net, they will find that it is a relatively easy skill to master. Most fishermen who use a cast net from a boat choose an 8-foot net whereas from a paddleboard most often choose a 5-foot net. If you still need to find a good model, you can browse fishing paddle boards for sale and pick one that best suits you.
Do not stand on the paddleboard when throwing the cast net because you may end up falling into the water. Rather, go to your knees and find a comfortable position and then throw the cast net from your feet. Also, tie the cast net to the board when you are not using it.
Finally, make sure that you protect your paddleboard at all costs. They are expensive and easily damaged. This is especially true when transporting your board. Often you will see a rookie paddleboarder simply throw their board on the bed of their pickup truck. This is not a good idea, but rather you should purchase one of the many roof racks on the market or build one on your own.
Otherwise, enjoy the day fishing on your new board because when it comes to exercise and fishing there is nothing quite like a paddleboard fishing adventure.