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Stand Up Paddle => Whitewater and River SUP => Topic started by: mountainpaddler on November 05, 2010, 03:38:31 AM

Title: Stand up river fishing
Post by: mountainpaddler on November 05, 2010, 03:38:31 AM
As river levels have dropped over the last few months and the water has cleared up, I have been taking my fishing pole along on most of my river trips. Its an awesome way to get out and get some exersize and to hook some fish. The current pushing you, wind, handling the pole and paddle and getting the line in just the right spot makes for a fun challenge. Hooking fish from the board while floating downstream is a pretty unique feeling. Here are a couple of images from this week on the Colorado river. The weather has been beautiful here in Colorado and has given us a chance at some SUP fishing time before the ski season kicks in.

Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: esskay1000 on November 05, 2010, 01:27:40 PM
Great pics.  I do most of my sup'in with a collapsible fishing rod that I can put away and latch to my belt when I wanna rip.  It is great fun, and like you said, working the paddle, the rod, your balance, and positioning to fish is actually kinda fun.  You can definitely get in where bass boats can't go, and you can get there quietly.
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: linter on November 06, 2010, 02:05:40 AM
nice pix!

esskay: what kind of collapsible rod set up are you using?
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: esskay1000 on November 06, 2010, 05:52:50 AM
@ linter

I use this

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KWIC52/ref=oss_product (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KWIC52/ref=oss_product)

The negative reviewers who say the guides are not ceramic are actually correct - the product is mislabeled on the page.  But not having those ceramic guides hasn't affected the performance to me.  I'm not in a bass-pro tournament, I just wanna catch some fish.  It works quite well and seems pretty well built.  It's pretty light, so use it with an ultralight reel.  But ultralight makes even a 2 pound bass seem like a tuna, which is why I prefer them!
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: TributeUSA on November 06, 2010, 09:40:22 AM
What a place you are in!
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: mountainpaddler on November 06, 2010, 12:07:56 PM
It really is awesome for paddling around here. The reason it has such good fishing is it rarely gets fished. Although you can access the river its a pain to get a raft rig in as there are no boat ramps with the exception of Dotsero, 3 miles upstream. With a board I can launch anywhere, paddle and fish then take out in one of the parking lots along the way toward the dam. I can see way deeper into the water then in a kayak and its easy to hop off and walk the shoreline if need be. And the views in the canyon are tough to beat. As for a pole I just use a super lightwieght/small rod and reel. Makes smaller trout more fun to fight and it is also much easier to handle from the board.
Now I want to get to the coast and get on some huge fish with bigger tackle. It must be a blast to hook into fish that are 10 pounds plus.
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: localpaddler on November 27, 2010, 09:15:28 AM
Nice Hobie...I didn't know you were into fishing.  Fishing and hunting from a SUP seem to really work well.

Here is a video of Shawn Hash stand up fishing on the new river...the board is the 2011 Stride Airlite BC..."BC is for Blast and Cast" the board shown has the angler set up their slide track system that has a swivel rod holder, cutting board, measuring tape, and two tackle boxes.  The board is an inflatable model made from military grade material....it is crazy tough.
The #1 Stand Up Paddleboard for Hunting and Fishing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXaH8-Anr-U#ws)

Here is a slide show that includes the photo below as well:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridestride/sets/72157625474315196/show/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridestride/sets/72157625474315196/show/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/5209566019_fe1c6ba8ff_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridestride/5209566019/)
Kayak SUP Fishing and Hunting Craft - Stride Airlite BC Stand Up Paddleboard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridestride/5209566019/#) by RideStride (http://www.flickr.com/people/ridestride/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: localpaddler on November 27, 2010, 09:19:41 AM
Thanks for the link to the telescopic rod...great price.  I think I am going to get one.
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: mountainpaddler on November 28, 2010, 12:32:33 PM
Hell yeah. Fish on!
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: raf on December 04, 2010, 08:56:23 PM
that's some pretty sick fishing.  I agree that sup can get you into some places that otherwise wouldn't be accessible.  Have you noticed that fighting a fish off a sup (or kayak to a lesser extent) muffles the fight?  Fighting a fish from shore feels twice as agro as fighting one from a sup because on a sup, the fish pulls you as hard as you pull it, whereas from shore, its just you pulling on the fish.  its still super fun, just not as intense.
Title: Re: Stand up river fishing
Post by: Strand Leper on December 20, 2010, 06:47:15 PM
Dudes,

That is the ticket... just bought one for me and jr. for the kelp paddies behind the house in Dana Point ... small sea bass on those bad boys...

Thanks for the hookup!

Tim
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