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So I've been thinking about getting a fish-specific standup paddleboard, and while most of my efforts will be inshore, I saw this video and it made me REALLY excited about the prospects of catching them from near shore.

[video=youtube;mwO3QqlAAUo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwO3QqlAAUo[/video]


Now I know there are a lot of guys who catch em' from the planks, some other guys who paddle out in yaks, but I haven't seen or heard much about people in our area using a paddleboard. I know the bait and logistics are similar to a kayak angler, but a paddleboard will be less than ideal once the wind and waves start to ramp up. Assuming it's calm enough in the morning or mid day, I'd paddle out and slow troll a live bluefish or other bait. Thoughts?
 

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I don't think id like standing up all day, and how would you put rod holders on that thing? And what keeps all your gear from getting pushed off into the deep blue?
 

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I don't think id like standing up all day, and how would you put rod holders on that thing? And what keeps all your gear from getting pushed off into the deep blue?
1. The main manufacturers are rigging these boards with tiedowns for things like cooler seats, leaning posts, deck bungie, etc.

2. This addresses: seating, gear storage and security, and rod holders.


I'm looking at one of the following:

http://watersportswest.com/products/live-2-fish-sup-1999/

http://summertidetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130604-185858.jpg

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb230/jslager/227808_467405856615746_825606998_n.jpg
 

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The harder it is...the better the reward.....the Sheep will never get it...only the wolf.
Proveum wrong.
That video inspired me... Thanks.
 
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I think you would be much better off with some kind of peddle driven kayak system like a Hobie mirage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGr7PGQxVLA

Just wouldn't feel comfrotable with all that gear if the wind picked up while I was fighting a fish. There are trade offs for everything in fishing and nothing will be perfect though.
 

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I think you would be much better off with some kind of peddle driven kayak system like a Hobie mirage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGr7PGQxVLA

Just wouldn't feel comfrotable with all that gear if the wind picked up while I was fighting a fish. There are trade offs for everything in fishing and nothing will be perfect though.
The thing is, I don't really want or need a fishing SUP and a fishing kayak. My goal is to get one only; and I'd rather have the paddleboard. To that end, my surf fishing goals would be to paddle out past the pier and catch kings, cobia, and spanish. If I can do that on a paddleboard within .5-1.0 miles of shore then thats all I'm asking out of it.
 

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Catching any fish from a Kayak is Super cool.
U will Luv it.
 

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sounds like a great way to end up with a bunch of trebel hooks stuck in you and lose a bunch of gear when the thing flips... its an awesome video but 1) how often do you see a surf that calm here to where you'd be able to do it 2) do you have the skill level to throw a large cast net without losing your balance and even though he knew what he was doing he just about lost a few digits trying to land that king by the gills, if something does happen out there when dealing with these toothy critters you're S.O.L
 

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The thing is, I don't really want or need a fishing SUP and a fishing kayak. My goal is to get one only; and I'd rather have the paddleboard. To that end, my surf fishing goals would be to paddle out past the pier and catch kings, cobia, and spanish. If I can do that on a paddleboard within .5-1.0 miles of shore then thats all I'm asking out of it.
That sounds nice but there are going to be very few days where that is possible. With a kayak on the other hand you will be able fish in it all day and will be much more comfortable doing in it. Be able to haul more gear without the greater probability of flipping it over. A kayak will also be safer. You probably can't see it in that video but being that high above the water line and you will be blown all over the place. If you hook a cobia on that thing you could theoretically be dragged miles off shore.

You would be much better off with a self bailing kayak and it would offer you a lot more flexibility.
 

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I am drawn toward the surkski, which is something of a hybrid but definitely more yak than board. Echoing others; water that flat is rare here. In some parts of the Gulf, you might see 100 days a year like that. Here you might see a lot of small windows where it is that nice; if you stay at the beach a week you will probably get a couple of chances to go out for an hour or two. But very few days of it. And sometimes those short windows slam shut really quickly... I would rather be in something that can handle the rough stuff if it comes up suddenly.
 

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That sounds nice but there are going to be very few days where that is possible. With a kayak on the other hand you will be able fish in it all day and will be much more comfortable doing in it. Be able to haul more gear without the greater probability of flipping it over. A kayak will also be safer. You probably can't see it in that video but being that high above the water line and you will be blown all over the place. If you hook a cobia on that thing you could theoretically be dragged miles off shore.

You would be much better off with a self bailing kayak and it would offer you a lot more flexibility.
Gear storage and comfort may be better than a SUP, but SUP's offer better stability and buoyancy. I wouldn't drag a bunch of gear offshore. If things went pear-shaped and I was getting dragged an uncomfortable distance i'd simply give up the ghost and pop the fish off.

sounds like a great way to end up with a bunch of trebel hooks stuck in you and lose a bunch of gear when the thing flips... its an awesome video but 1) how often do you see a surf that calm here to where you'd be able to do it 2) do you have the skill level to throw a large cast net without losing your balance and even though he knew what he was doing he just about lost a few digits trying to land that king by the gills, if something does happen out there when dealing with these toothy critters you're S.O.L
minimal gear, and one rod, so hopefully i could avoid a face full of hooks ;)

I can throw a large castnet from a canoe just fine, so practice wouldn't take long on an SUP.

The guy in the video needs a landing grip or a boga grip; plain and simple. Not smart to fish without them, IMO.

I know the conditions are less-so in NC, but early morning to lunch would be serviceable times on Oak Island. Surely I could troll about the same distance offshore as the piers and maybe a little bit further and get back in relatively quickly; even if I was dragged a ways by a big fish.
 

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I know the conditions are less-so in NC, but early morning to lunch would be serviceable times on Oak Island. Surely I could troll about the same distance offshore as the piers and maybe a little bit further and get back in relatively quickly; even if I was dragged a ways by a big fish.
If you can stick to that, I think they are a nice little platform. I toyed with using a small skirted rec kayak on TI back in April and you will get out that far pretty darn quickly. From shore it looks like it isn't far at all to where the waves settle, but when you paddle through them and turn around it can be a little unnerving how far out you get in what seems like no time at all.
 

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If you can stick to that, I think they are a nice little platform. I toyed with using a small skirted rec kayak on TI back in April and you will get out that far pretty darn quickly. From shore it looks like it isn't far at all to where the waves settle, but when you paddle through them and turn around it can be a little unnerving how far out you get in what seems like no time at all.
Thats my thinking. I see guys get out to set shark baits and they are in and out fairly quickly. Granted, they are in kayaks, but still. I mean how far out from the pier is the average kingfisher, hundred yards at most? That doesn't seem all that far on a paddleboard. In 15 minutes I can be back to the beach, easy.
 

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Gotta admit it was pretty gangster...to catch a king like that.
Although...I don't think he has had a King Chomp him yet...but he will.
 

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So glad to see someone else use the adjective "gangster". I can now tell my wife other people say it and its OK for me to say it again!
 

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Thats my thinking. I see guys get out to set shark baits and they are in and out fairly quickly. Granted, they are in kayaks, but still. I mean how far out from the pier is the average kingfisher, hundred yards at most? That doesn't seem all that far on a paddleboard. In 15 minutes I can be back to the beach, easy.
As I said, though it's "If you can stick to that". When you paddle out that far and are about to drop your line to start trolling and see birds start crashing 100 yards further out, what will you do? Go, of course, that's not far. What about 200? 500? It's very workable if you can trust yourself to make the right call. Not sure I can...
 
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