Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gear Review: The Hooked SUP Fishing Paddleboard

Standup paddleboards (SUPs) are great and if you haven't tried one yet, you should.  Even if you could care less about the fitness benefits of them, they can make great fishing platforms.  You can click here to read more about that. 

Whenever you're thinking about an SUP for fishing, stability is the first thing that should come to mind.  Casting a fly rod from a surfing or touring board is like delivering newspapers from a Ferrari.  It can be done but there are platforms better suited for the job.  The Hooked SUP is easily one of the most stable fishing paddleboard currently on the market.

Everytime I try out a new paddleboard or kayak it automatically gets the all-important Dog Test.  This is done with my 45 pound mutt Maggie who can't stand being left behind on the dock.  Maggie usually runs around for a few minutes before settling down and watching for evil birds and dolphins.  As you can see in the photos above I managed to stay dry on the Hooked SUP with the dog on the bow.  Thanks to oncoming thunderstorm I didn't get the chance to take the paddleboard out of our canal but I did manage to cast at a few rolling tarpon the next morning.  It was just as stable when casting a fly rod as it was with a crazy dog so this board definitely gets my thumbs up.  Stop by Florida Paddlesports to take a closer look or try one for yourself.