I'm just getting started SUP fishing and so far enjoy it MUCH more than the kayak. What I'm wondering is what you guys do with the paddle while fishing? On the yak, I have a clip on the side of the boat but I don't want to have to keep bending down to get it or put it away. Is there something where I can set the blade on the deck and have a hook or something on my belt to hold the handle? I'm thinking I could put a cooler up front and put the blade under the bungee and lean it against the cooler but I'm pretty sure I want the cooler behind me so I can sit on it.
When sitting (on my cooler/dry box) and paddling.. if I want to put the paddle down I simply set it on the decy, blade forward on the fron deck and handle at or between my feet... sure it may get washed over or blow off but that has not happened yet after many hours of water time.
When poling I have a simple setup where there is a loop of rope/line on the rod holder on the side of the cooler/dry box with a slip knot I simply slip the loop around the handle and tighten to the shaft and let the paddle drag behind or lay on the rear deck... or many times I'll just lay it on the deck as above blade forward.
When standing and paddling I always have a loop of line around my waist with one end dangling several inches with the same slip knot setup... if I want to drift or grab a rod and cast same as above, slip the loop over the handle pull tight on the shaft and let the paddle hang and float. Its quick and easy to get to if needed.
This video is posted earlier and has an example of the loop around the waist. I also have that same cooler/dry box with the 4 rod holders but keep it on the SUP the opposite direction, rod holders on the sides... however I removed 3 of the rod holders and put 2 scotty rod holders on the rear side. I also used a piece of PVC and use that to lay my push pole in/on when casting, but 14' of push pole hangs out pretty far off the stern.
The rope with the loop is what I'm looking for. I also plan to get the Engel cooler with rod holders (the tan one matches my SUP) after we move but don't want to pack anything I don't absolutely need right now... I wish I had posted this last week because I just gave away a couple fender whips that would be perfect for the waist rope.
Just hit up West Marine on 84 by the rail-road tracks and you can pick up all sorts of line by the foot, somwtimes they have a scrap pile (bad cuts, decision changes) on sale pretty cheap. I just used some scrap I had around the garage.
I picked up that Engle 30 with the 4 rod holders from Austin Kayak used a discount coupon and free shipping... did not really want/need the rod holders but it was much cheaper to get it with them... The width of my SUP, the rod holders are OK, but when I have a rod in them I found I was many times hitting the reel and sometimes would grab it and pull out of the holder... FYI, the rod holder mount is screwed in from the inside, the rod holder has a 1/4x20 screw (2) from the outside. If you purchase the holders separate you get the mount (4) screws the holder and (2) 1/4x20 screws, but if you mount it on the back side you can't open the lid.
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Yeah, I'll either hit West Marine or Sailorman if I don't have something I can splice together in the garage. I just like the fender whips because they already have a loop in one end.
I'll check out the cooler on Austin Kayak. I've been looking at Amazon and I know WM has some but I don't know which will be the best for my boat, the 19qt or the 30qt. I want it the way you have yours but it will fit better into the well at the back of the board/yak the other way. I'm definitely ordering it with the rod holders because even if I don't use them for rods, there are plenty of accessories (flag poles, etc) that can go into rod holders.
I use it as a dry box and a seat.. I can stand and reach between my legs to open and grab stuff with out the need to turn around. Added 2 bungies to hold it in place so's it don;t drift off. I can also stand on it, carefully.
I have 2 plastic tackle holders one with leader material, a knife, flashlite, a few spare hookd and even a hook sharpener, and another one with the tackle of the day depending on where I will be fishing (multiple plastic boxes in the garage with different stuff to switch out), holds a few lures, jig heads, hooks, and soft plastics.... Also I have my snack/lunch, a gallon water jug, tow line, plies, fishgrip, wearable waist pfd and my waist loop. When I hit the water I pull out the pliers, fishgrip, waist loop, and if I decide to wear the pfd it goes on.. Later in the morning I'll pull out the water jug for a drink, and either set it on the deck just in front of the cooler or put it back. When needed I can grab either or both of the tackle boxes pull them out, re-rig, and put them back.
To/From the car its loaded, with rods in the holders in one hand, paddle and push-pole in the other... pretty much everything except the SUP in one trip.
I like the rods on the back side when and paddling/poling or you have to watch yer elbows, if you have a rods on the sides especially the front 2 you have to watch yer elbows when sitting and the reel handles on the up-stroke when poling.
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