I’ve paddled a kayak a lot and I’ve paddled a SUP a lot…a SUP is much more exciting to me. This is a personal preference, but for some reason SUP is a much more exciting experience than kayaking. Although I like kayaking, I think the simplicity of a SUP really shines and helps you to better connect to the board. In a kayak, you can really let the kayak do a lot of the work. A SUP requires a little more input, skill, and experience.
Although SUP is quite popular, it isn’t quite on the level of kayaks. SUPs have a little bit of a “unique-factor”, authenticity, or stand out vibe that really draws people to trying a SUP. If you are wanting something a little less traditional than a kayak, a SUP might be the perfect option for you.
WHAT TO CONSIDER IF YOU PLAN ON FISHING FROM A SUP
There are a few things to consider if you plan to fish from a SUP.
KAYAKS TYPICALLY HAVE LESS DRAFT
Due to the large fin on the back of almost all SUPs, you can’t go in as shallow of water as you could with a kayak. One of the main reasons I wanted a SUP for fishing was because I thought it could go in areas a kayak couldn’t go. Really, the opposite is true - a kayak can go in more areas than a SUP. The rear fin limits the shallow areas you can paddle and fish. As previously mentioned, you really can’t go in rapids with a SUP (in general), so a kayak will be better suited for true, flowing rivers.
LESS IS MORE
Although you can really deck out a SUP, I would recommend bringing minimal gear with you…especially if you are fishing a Texas river. A lot of the rivers I fish require portaging, and you will have to portage your SUP and all the gear you bring. Do yourself a favor and only bring a minimum amount of gear. I published an article about “Why You Really Only Need Two Fishing Rod and Reel Setups”, and I think this article applies even more to SUP fishing than kayak fishing. You really need to minimize the gear you bring with you.
LANDING AND RELEASING FISH IS INCREDIBLY EASY