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SUP Fishing

SUP fishing is becoming popular amongst watersport fans and people that love fishing. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the things to take into consideration regarding an SUP and then also review some of the popular SUP boards in the market today.

Work with the Elements

When you’re considering going out fishing, there are certain elements that one has to take into consideration such as the wind, currents, and tide when choosing the fishing grounds. These are what will move you in the direction one is going. Don’t forget that you might have to paddle back against some of the elements.

SUP Fishing

Anchors Away

Carrying an anchor can be a plus because one would spend more time concentrating on fishing instead of keeping the board in one place.

Line Management

Below are some solutions for managing your line effectively so that you catch fish, even monster fish.

  • Stripping Mat: This is a spiky mat that lays on the paddleboard, collecting the line as you retrieve the fly. In the event that waves wash, it prevents the line from washing off. The mat also prevents the wind from tangling the line.
  • Stripping Basket: Some anglers prefer this because they can wear it around their waist. The basket serves the same purpose as the mat. It just boils down to personal preference.

Storage

Basically, there are two options, carrying the gear strapped to your back in a waterproof backpack, or attaching the gear to the paddle board deck rigging in a dry bag. It’s important to make sure that the gear is quickly accessible and can be reached comfortably from the paddling position. Having all the essentials within reach with aid in easy fly changes, or in switching to a sinking line when the fish are deeper than expected.

There are plenty of boards on the market that offering different combinations of accessories, all in the hope of enhancing the experience. Below, we are going to look at some of the popular iSUP boards in the market today.

Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 10’4” Inflatable SUP

This is an upgrade of the original Adventurer paddle board. This board is 10ft. 4in. long, making it faster and easier to maneuver. It can inflate to a PSI of 25 unlike the previous version that could only achieve a PSI of 15. It features an upgraded fiberglass paddle and possesses a bungee cord and carrying handles in the front and back to make it easier to use and carry. It is made of military grade PVC arranged vertically. This material’s strength, along with the vertical construction, make it extremely rigid when inflated. This iSUP is lightweight and can fold up to the size of a sleeping bag.

Isle 10ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package

The perfect iSUP board to fit all skill levels! Our ISLE 10’ All Around Airtech® Fusion-Lite Inflatable Paddle Board model is our bestselling SUP model – and for good reason. The trim, stylish design fits riders of all sizes looking for a versatile board shape for both flat water, small surf performance and everything in between.

Included Accessories

Includes 3 Piece Aluminum Adjustable Travel Paddle, Carry Bag, High Pressure Pump & Gauge (Inflates to 15 PSI), Removable Travel Fin and Repair Kit.

The ISLE 10’ All Around Airtech® Fusion-Lite Inflatable Paddle Board is now 30% lighter than comparable inflatable paddle boards without compromising quality. To obtain this they utilize a unique high end manufacturing process and machine coat the drop stitch with a special seal and bonding layer, and then add another machine-laminated, higher-density PVC layer. This effect is to remove any human factor or error in the bonding process. This creates a consistent, unique bond by a highly-controlled machine process that’s just not achievable via the previous hand-gluing methods of our competitors. The end result is a lighter, stiffer, more durable iSUP board without any of the extra weight.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 10’ x 31” x 6”, board weight 17.5 Lbs., supports riders up to 240 lbs.
  • All round design – Ultimate stability in flatwater and small waves. It is great for all skill levels
  • Ultra-durable – Constructed with military grade PVC, 6” thick, no more dings or damage
  • Includes an iSUP accessory bundle – Paddle, Carry backpack, High pressure pump
  • 30-day guarantee plus 1 year warranty on materials. Risk free returns within 30 days

Solstice Bali Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

With a length of 10ft. 8in., the board, when inflated properly to 12-15 PSI, offers riders a firmness that rivals that of regular boards. It does not bend in the middle, even with a great deal of weight riding on it. Some even say it can ride more than one person without a problem. It is also portable and convenient as well as bringing along accessories such as pump, a gauge, and a bag for carrying the deflated board. It is best used in relatively calm water.

Features

  • High-pressure inflatable paddleboard. Sleek, lightweight and fast
  • Extremely rigid and strong.
  • Includes 4 stainless tie-downs for securing gear
  • Durable 1000 Denier 3 ply PVC reinforced fabric material
  • Kit Includes: Carry bag, pump & gauge

Tower Paddle Paddle Boards Adventurer 9’10” iSUP Package

It comes at 9ft. 10in. long, and comes with a simpler paddle and fewer design features. It is great for beginners and for riders in water with up to 4-foot waves. The board is rigid and durable, constructed of military-grade PVC arranged in a vertical pattern. It is also portable and can be stored in small spaces.

Features

  • Extremely rigid – Weight limit of up to 350 lbs on the water. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board (can be inflated up to 15 PSI -but is stiff and ready to ride at 10 PSI).
  • Highly durable – Military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction. Never worry again about dings and board cracks.
  • Portable – Easy to store and transport. It is 9’10
  • Package deal – Includes board, pump, and 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle.
  • 2-year warranty – 2-year manufacturer’s warranty which covers everything outside of normal wear & tear.

Isle 12ft. 6in. iSUP Package

This 12ft. 6in. iSUP from Isle offers riders the same qualities of excellent construction, durability, and rigidity as does the 10ft. version. The increased length makes the board more stable in water even in choppy water. It is rigid and durable, made of military grade material. This material uses drop stitch construction, which arranges the fibers vertically to achieve maximum rigidity. It also comes with a pump, a gauge, a fin that can be removed, a repair kit, and an aluminum paddle. These accessories join a bungee system for securing items to the board and carrying rings that allow you to tie the board up when desired. The result is a convenient, enjoyable, and reliable way to enjoy the paddle boarding experience.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 12’6” x 30” x 6”, board weight: 20.5 lbs. and supports riders up to 275 lbs.
  • Stability for fitness – Wide nose and tail outline offers a stable platform for SUP Yoga
  • Ultra-durable – Constructed with military grade PVC, 6” Thick – No more dings or damage
  • Includes iSUP accessory bundle – Paddle, carry backpack, high pressure pump
  • 30-day guarantee + 1 year warranty on materials – Risk Free Returns within 30 Days

Tower Xplorer 14′ Inflatable SUP

This board is designed to be used on long touring rides or in races, due to its speed and durability. It comes with a 14′ length, that make it faster, more responsive, and more stable in the water. It can hold up to 700 pounds, allowing for multiple and large riders to enjoy paddle boarding without sinking or getting wet. It is also rigid and durable, made of military-grade material for added strength, and a drop stitch construction (material is woven vertically) for maximum firmness. It is resistant to scratches and scrapes, it offers a high-quality product for a lower price than similar iSUP’s, and can become very compact when packed away.

Features

  • Package comes with a high-pressure pump and 3-pc adjustable paddle
  • Product specs: Weight capacity of up to 700 lbs, 10-11 PSI, 14′ length x 32″ width x 8″ thick
  • Portable: Rolls up like a sleeping bag. Easier to store, easier to transport.
  • Durable: Never worry again about dings or cracks. This board is made with military-grade material and is nearly indestructible.
  • Fast: This inflatable is designed for speed and distance. Great for racing or touring.

Blue Wave Sports Stingray iSUP

This board comes with extreme durability, versatility and strength (it has the ability to hold up to 220 pounds) due to Blue Wave’s practice of layering the board’s construction. The board has a layered drop stitch construction as well as a double layer on the outside of the shell making it stronger and more rigid. It resists damage when bumped or scratched and that takes on a minimum of water during the ride. It’s ideal for beginners, seasoned riders, in calm water, in choppy water, and almost everywhere else. It comes with an array of accessories that make it both easier to use and a rewarding value. These include a pump, a removable fabric seat, a carry bag, a fin that can be attached or detached for easier navigation, a foot rest, bungee cords for securing items to the board, and a paddle that can be adjusted for use in a variety of ways. The result is a high quality, versatile board at a great value.

Features

  • Measures 10-ft L x 30-in W x 4-in thick when properly inflated; weight capacity 220-lbs
  • Multi-layer drop stitched high pressure core construction is rigid and strong; Double layered outer skin for superior durability
  • Dual-action high pressure hand pump, high pressure screw valve and wrench; Multi-configuration blade/paddle with 3 uses – 50-in long 2-piece canoe paddle, 89.5-in long kayak paddle, or 71-in long SUP paddle
  • Convenient quick-grab carry handle with built-in stainless steel D rings and bungee cord for easy accessory storage; Large anti-slip deck pad featuring “Z Ray – Soft Grip Technology” for superior grip, control and comfort
  • Package includes: blade/paddle, adjustable removable fabric seat, foot rest, hand pump, detachable center tracking fin, rip-resistant polyethylene storage bag, and easy to use repair kit

Isle Airtech 10’4” Yoga Fitness iSUP

This is for women who want to practice yoga and it boasts a colorful pink and purple design. Its design ensures safety and comfort at a length of 10’4”. This length makes it faster and more maneuverable in the water with more room for your yoga. It is wider (36 in.) and thicker (6 in. instead of 4 in.) making it more stable in the water. The 6-in. thickness ensures that the board will not bend in the middle, even during the most complicated yoga poses. It comes with a paddle bungee system mounted to the paddle board’s rail so it is out of the way and the placement of a bungee system for drinks and gear just within reach. Its PVC material is heavy duty and designed to resist dings, drops, and crashes. The board also deflates into a compact 6in. X 36in. size for easy transport and storage.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 10’4” x 31” x 6”, board weight 18.2 lbs. Support riders up to 255 lbs.
  • Stability for fitness – Wide nose and tail outline offers a stable platform for SUP Yoga
  • Ultra-durable – Constructed with Military Grade PVC, 6” thick – No more dings or damage
  • Includes iSUP accessory bundle – Paddle, carry packpack, high pressure pump
  • 30-day guarantee + 1 year warranty on materials – Risk free returns within 30 days

Isle Airtech 15′ Megalodon Tandem Paddle Board

The Isle Megladon is a supersize paddle board made for supersize fun and is an incredible way to share paddling with a group of friends, family or anyone who wants to come aboard and experience the fun of paddling in a group.

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on all workmanship & materials
  • Board dimensions:15′ x 50″ x 8″
  • Included accessories: 4 aluminum adjustable travel paddle, high pressure pump, removable travel fins & a repair kit
  • Incredibly durable: We use only the highest quality military grade Korean Drop stich construction allowing our boards to get rock hard and remain durable
  • All around style shape: all around shape perfect for surf and flatwater use
  • Non-slip traction & carry handle: includes comfort diamond groove traction for grip and 13 carry handles for easy transport
  • Deck mounted bungee system: 4 stainless steel d rings and bungee for carrying items along for the ride
  • Stainless steel D-rings: Located on the bow. Perfect for towing or tying up to docks and boats
  • Designed & tested in San Diego California by Paddlers for Paddlers

Isle Airtech 7’6” Kids iSUP

This Isle Airtech® Inflatable Paddle Board (iSUP) is designed specifically to support smaller individuals from 30 – 125 lbs. The 7ft 6-inch length, generous width and flat rocker provide a stable versatile board for the little ones with a volume they can manage. Dimensions are 6 inches thick, 28 inches wide and can be safely pumped up to 15 PSI meaning you will get a board both rigid and easy to paddle.

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on all workmanship & materials
  • Included accessories: 3-piece aluminum adjustable travel paddle, high pressure pump (inflates to 15 psi), removable travel fins & a repair kit
  • Incredibly durable: We use only the highest quality military grade Korean drop stich construction allowing our boards to get rock hard and remain durable
  • Easy to store & transport: deflates into the size of a sleeping bag, inflates in under 5 minutes
  • Non-slip traction & carry handle: includes comfort diamond groove traction for grip and center carry handle for easy transport
  • Deck mounted bungee system: 4 stainless steel d rings and bungee for carrying items along for the ride
  • Stainless steel D-rings: Located on the stern and bow. Perfect for towing or tying up to docks and boats
  • Designed & tested in San Diego California by Paddlers for Paddlers

Conclusion

Those are some of the best iSUP’s that you’ll find on the market, and they’re designed to meet all your needs, whether you’re going out for yoga or would just like to get some adrenaline as you race other surfers.

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How to Choose the Best Fishing Reel for You

If you have been fishing for a long time, you already know what a fishing reel is but if you have absolutely no idea what it is, this is a device that is in charge of holding the fishing line in place. It can be effective in slow running the fish that you are trying to catch.

There are some tips that you have to remember when it comes to choosing the best fishing reel like the following:

  • Decide what type of fish you want to catch.
  • Decide what lures or baits you are going to use in order to catch the fish.
  • Your preference will matter a lot when making the right choice.

How to Choose the Best Fishing Reel for You

The moment that you know the type of fish you would like to get plus the lures and baits that you are going to pick out, you can focus on the reels and the specifications that you are searching for.

  1. Size of the Reel – If you would like the line to be light, you should pick a small reel. Do not go over the 10 pounds line however when you are only going to use the reel in fishing at freshwater. If you are going to fish at saltwater, you can pick heavier and bigger reels.
  2. Consider your Gear – The gear of your reel will always be different depending on which one you will choose. For example, the gear may rotate three times for one single rotate of the reel. Depending on this, you can already make a choice. You may have different gears and fishing reels depending on the fish that you want to fish for that day.
  3. Body of the Reel – Do you realize that there are different reel bodies available? The reel body of the various fishing reels will differ. You can expect the following reel bodies:
    1. Graphite
    2. Aluminum

Graphite is usually the available body of reel that you should choose when you fish in saltwater most of the time while aluminum should be your pick when you want to try out something that is light.

  1. Parts – Do you realize that a fishing reel is not just one piece? There are a lot of other miniature pieces that are available. If you want something that is not too complicated, pick one with fewer parts. It will also help if you could pick a reel that is solid enough for you to hold. If you feel that it will move too much to the point of breaking then this can be a problem.
  2. Weight – Even if you think that you like to have a fishing reel that is heavy, you will start to feel fatigue more with a heavier reel. Consider how heavy you would like your fishing reel and make decisions from there.

Picking the right fishing reel will be complicated if you do not know the tips, details and advices mentioned above. Do not forget to check fishing reel reviews as well. These reviews will give you an idea which ones you should not pick and which ones will be highly useful for you.

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Common Fishing Mistakes that Beginners Make

There is a fine line between being successful or failing at fishing. There are a number of factors that can either make it a hit or miss, and avoiding such mistakes can make your fishing adventure all the more successful.

Common Fishing Mistakes that Beginners Make

  1. Being unprepared

By a long shot the most widely recognized fishing mistake, unpreparedness can run from the minor – having just a single sack of the hot shaded worm, to the genuine – neglecting to charge your trolling motor batteries. There’s nothing more baffling than not having something you require once you get out on the water. Luckily, ineptness is additionally super simple to settle. Build up a mental agenda of all that you’ll require every trek, and don’t go out until you’ve verified everything. Make sure you carry the best long range rangefinder that you can find to locate fish easily.

  1. Not building up a game plan

It’s been said that 90% of the fish in a waterbody possess just 10% of the water. Hence, having a course of action is basic to accomplishment as a fisher. Don’t simply go out there and begin throwing – consider what you’re attempting to catch, where on the lake you may have achievement, and what sorts of methods you may should be fruitful. Think about this pre-amusement arranging as a “layout” for how you will approach the day. Bear in mind to be flexible however, as things on the water are always showing signs of change.

  1. Being disorganized

You can’t tie on your fortunate spinnerplug on the off chance that you can’t discover it, and you’ll never understand that fish unfastened if your pincers are covered at the base of your handle pack. Organization is essential in fishing, and disorganization is the enemy of effectiveness. Comprehending what you have, and having everything in effectively available areas will expand the quantity of throws you set aside a few minutes – and increase the quantity of fish you get.

  1. Maintaining a strategic distance from cover

Once you’re on the water, a basic mistake numerous fishers make is keeping away from cover like laydowns, grass beds, and docks since they would prefer not to catch up or lose draws. This is a major mistake, since cover is the place most fish species stow away and hide. In case you’re not fishing around cover, you’re likely not fishing around fish. There are numerous presentations and systems out there intended to help fishermen angle around cover without catching up. In addition, it’s simply part of the amusement – in case you’re reluctant to lose a bait you most likely shouldn’t utilize it.

  1. Not thinking it through

A lot of fishermen angle altogether off of just memories. It’s easy to do as well, as you are actually constrained to visit the spots you’ve had the most accomplishment before. All things considered, the best spot in the spring might be fruitless during fall, so you’ll have the more accomplishment by angling the present conditions, and fitting your approach toward what the bass are doing now, as opposed to a week ago or a month ago.

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Fishing Gear Must Haves for Basic Kayak Fishing

Fishing from kayak is a lot more fun and more functional than fishing from the shoreline.  When you fish from your kayak you can explore a lot more, you get to enjoy beautiful scenery and you can seek out all of the fish hotspots to improve your chances of making a catch.  Fishing from kayak is also a bit more of a challenge because you have to balance yourself on your kayak while wheeling in that big catch without tipping over.  The only downside to kayak fishing is that the space is quite limited.  You need to pack light when going on a fishing expedition so you can be more flexible on your kayak.  Here is the top gear you should have on your kayak.

Fishing Gear Must Haves for Basic Kayak Fishing

Fish finder

A fish finder is a small device that sends out sound waves into the water.  These sound waves are transmitted back to the kayak once they bounce against an object in the water.  The GPS fish finder will then show you the shape, size and depth of the object that is underneath the kayak which will enable you to target areas in the water that has plenty of fish.  And because it is GPS you will always know where you are headed when you are paddling for long distances. Fish finders are small enough to fit onto even the smallest of kayaks and will greatly improve your chances of landing a good catch each time you venture onto the depths of the water.

Fishing rod

A good fishing rod is a must.  For ocean fishing you can get a nice and tall rod but for lake or river fishing a shorter rod is a much better choice since swing space is often limited and you can easily get caught in branches.

Tackle box

Your tackle box should be compact but should have enough space to contain all the tackle, hooks and more that you may need for your fishing expeditions.  You can visit the Outdoor Tricks site to scout some of the best tackle boxes currently on the market and to see some reviews on all of the available tackle boxes and other fishing gear.

Bait

Bait can lure in a lot of fish to your location which greatly improves the chances of getting a good catch.  You should have a small box of fresh bait on your kayak.

Fishing net

Fishing nets will help you get large fish out of the water and onto your kayak without breaking your fishing rod or tipping over on your kayak.

Fish basket

There probably isn’t room for fish on your kayak.  A fishing basket will allow you to drag your catch along the side of the kayak which will keep your fish fresh so you don’t have to row in every time you get a fish.

Camera

You probably need a few memories of your fun expedition.  A good waterproof camera will allow you to be as flexible as you need to on the water.  You can capture photos of your catch as well as the glorious scenery.

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