SUP Fishing With A Push Pole & Casting Platform [Sight Fishing Machine]
By: Luke Simonds on March 14, 2017
Paddle fishing has been near and dear to me since learning how to fish with my dad in the ol’ green canoe.
And if anything, I’m enjoying paddle fishing now more than ever with the advent of the stand-up paddle board (SUP).
Because my favorite style of fishing is via sight since it’s essentially a combination of hunting and fishing, and the advantages of sight fishing from a SUP are tough to ignore:
- Stealthy movement similar to a kayak
- Higher point of vision similar to a boat
- Lightweight allowing for easy launching and loading
Now that great paddle boards like the L2Fish are available allowing for maximum stability while still cutting through the water for efficiently covering a lot of distance, my sight fishing opportunities have skyrocketed.
SUP Fishing With A Push Pole
I just recently began taking the casting platform from my boat along with my push pole on SUP fishing trips and I was shocked at how effective and enjoyable it was.
Because when a cast platform and push pole are added to SUP fishing, the ability to see into the water increases significantly due to the added height and the stealth is better since the noise from the push pole is place further back.
And a surprise bonus that I found when using the push pole while SUP fishing is that it enabled me to more easily control my drifts because the push pole essentially acts as a big rudder which you can move from side to side to control speed and direction of your drifts.
Cool Sight Fishing Footage On The SUP
I fortunately brought my GoPro along with me on my first trip fishing from the L2Fish SUP with a push pole because I ended up seeing a lot of redfish, snook, and trout while quietly exploring an area I’ve been to only once before.
Best of all, many of the fish were on sand/mud bottom which made them very visible on film.
Click on the video below to see some heartbreaker moments as well as some success:
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The advent of stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) has enabled inshore anglers who enjoy paddle fishing to see fish much easier than in a sitting position of a kayak while still being able to quietly move across the water.
And the addition of the casting platform and the push pole as shown in the video below takes it to an entirely different level.
I had a feeling that I’d enjoy it, but the difference in simply adding that additional 14+ inches of height was a huge benefit and that was compounded by using the push pole to quietly move across the flat.
On the trip shown above, I was only on the water for 2.5 to 3 hours fishing a spot I’ve only been to 1 time before. And I saw 30 to 40 fish (redfish, snook, and seatrout) given how clearly I could see in the water for such a large distance away.
So if you see a push pole sticking out from the top of a truck with a paddle board, you’ll know what’s going on… sight fishing!
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