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SUP-Fishing


Stand Up Paddleboard fishing has become a big part of my SUP adventures and life. I'm SUPfishing almost weekly on lakes and rivers. Catching dinner or just a day of catch and release is always a great time. It does take some getting used to and dialing in your gear layout, but I'm here to share my knowledge and experience with you. I want to help get you fishing off your SUP in no time!

I'm typically fishing for Bass (small and big mouth). But I also fish for Northern Pike, Walleye, Crappies, Sunnies (Bluegills), Perch, Lake Trout, different River Trout species, and really anything thing that bites my line.


My Gear Setup

Rod and Reel: Shakespeare Ugly Stick Elite - 7' medium 6-14 lb. line, which breaks in half for easy traveling and portaging. with Regal LT 2500D-XH Reel.


Small Tackle Sleeve: with all my rubber bait and variety of hooks. Tubes with weedless hooks work well for me for catching Bass. Plus, top water whatever. Mepps for Pike. Jigs for walleye. Small hook and bobber for Sunnies/Crappies.


Steel Leaders:  6″ to 12″ depending on the fish, with quick release. Quick Release makes it easier changing out your tackle. 

Bobber: use all the time. Toss a line out, kick back, relax, and see what ya catch. I also like light up bobbers when the sun is getting low. I have even done some night SUPfishing.

Bait: I have a lot of rubber gear, but I try to use live bait as much as possible. Nightcrawlers, leeches, and minnows are all great options. Depends on what kind of fish you are going for. 

Net: Handmade wooden net from a local Wisconsinite. Floats and is beautiful. Plus, rubber net so fish don’t get hurt and less snagging hooks. Super handy to scoop up the fish, while you are holding your pole up in the air to keep tension on the line. 

Stringer: I attach a stringer to my side back most D-Ring for my daily catch. Have also used baskets and a cooler as a live-well too, typically for pan fish. Just depends what you are fishing for. 

Crazy Creek Chair: great to sit flat on my SUP deck or on top a hard cooler. Nice to be able to sit back and relax when you have a bobber chilling in the water.

Drift Sock or Anchor: I love using a drift sock. Really makes your board stay in one place, packable, and easy to use. I have used a 10lbs (5kg) anchor as well, which is not bad if you are not traveling or portaging much.


5 Gallon Bucket: only really need one if you are targeting pan fish and you are planning to keep them. You can strap it down with an NRS strap to your D-Ring loops and have a lid to sit on too. 


Awesome SUP-Fishing Times

Easy Going SUP-Fishing Snail Lake, Minnesota - Late Summer 2019

Easy Going SUP-Fishing on Little Long Lake, Minnesota - Summer 2019

Slaying Northern Pike - Bay Lake, Minnesota - Summer 2018

Fishing Good Time - Bay Lake, Minnesota - Summer 2018

Night on Coon Lake - Minnesota - Summer 2017


SUP-Fishing During Adventures

Fishing Away in the BWCA, Minnesota - Labor Day Weekend 2019

Testing Our Luck on the Saint Croix River - MN/WI - Summer 2019

Dodging the Rain - BWCA, Minnesota - Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Much Needed Adventure - Boundary Waters, Minnesota - Late Summer 2018

SUPing Around the Boundary Waters - Minnesota - Spring/Summer 2018

Voyageurs National Park - Take 2 - One Man Alone (not really) - Summer 2017

Paddling, Portaging, and Fishing in the BWCA - Summer 2017