Fishing Paddle Board with Seat

Embrace the tranquility of serene waters and the thrill of catching a big one right from your inflatable paddle board. There's something uniquely satisfying about a fishing paddle board with seat. For active gents who love to be immersed in nature, embrace fishing, and have a taste for adventure, this fishing method offers a remarkable mix of excitement, relaxation, and a laid-back aquatic lifestyle.

Picture this - it's a bright, sun-kissed day. You're standing on your inflatable paddle board with your fishing gear ready. As the water glistens around you, you paddle gently, feeling the waves under your board, almost as if you're walking on water. Now, you take a comfortable seat, cast your line, and wait, enjoying the rhythm of nature around you. Suddenly, you feel a tug - it's a fish!  When its time to go home, you notice a head wind has kicked up.  No worries!  You simply stow your catch, grab your paddle and from your comfortable seat you easily paddle thru the wind and waves feeling secure and efficient. 

Just a few ways in which a fishing paddle board with seat is life-changing

Imagine sharing this unique experience with your fishing buddies. Maybe it's a competition to snatch the biggest bass or just a relaxed day out on the water sharing stories. The winner gets the bragging rights until the next fishing trip. The laughter, the camaraderie, the playful competitiveness - it's these little moments that make fishing on a paddle board all the more exhilarating.

Now picture another scenario - you're on a multi-day fishing expedition with friends, charting unexplored waters. At each promising spot, you drop anchor and cast your line, chatting about the day's adventures. Come twilight, you paddle back to basecamp with a cooler full of fish, satisfying fatigue in your arms, and a heart full of memories.

With a fishing paddle board with seat, you're not just fishing; you're exploring. The truly adventurous might paddle down narrow creeks or hidden lagoons, veering off the beaten track to find untouched fishing spots. Unlike a traditional boat, a paddle board brings you closer to the aquatic world, zipping you to rarely fished waters with stealth and ease.

Almost everyone can fish off of a paddle board

grandmother sit down paddle boardingJulie's mom (85 yrs) enjoying her paddle board with seat!

Adaptive fishing is another potential when you have a fishing paddle board with seat. With the right accessories and support, anglers with physical challenges can comfortably enjoy fishing from their paddle boards, broadening the inclusivity of this sport. Grandpa wants to go out for a paddle board fishing adventure? No problem, it will be a memory he will cherish forever!

Whether you're standing tall, paddling your way across the lake, or sitting comfortably casting your rod (or vice versa), fishing from a paddle board brings outdoor experience to a whole new level. Consider an excursion where you paddle through reeds and hidden passages, casting your line into calm waters now and then, seeing, hearing, and feeling nature around you.

No need to worry about fishing popping your board

Now let's address those concerns about damaging your board. Top-notch inflatable paddle boards are tough. They are designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use and can handle fishing hooks, gear, and harsh weather conditions. So, don't worry about popping them; these boards are more durable than you may think!

The only thing that is sharp enough to do your board damage are the spines of really big fish.  For this reason, many anglers keep a crate or use their cooler to contain large thrashing fish while they remove the hook and handle them.  

Why a paddle board with a seat is brilliant

Concerned about comfort? Fear not! Paddle boards with seats blend the best of both worlds. The inflatable paddle board provides stability and flotation, while the seat offers a much-desired comfort for all-day fishing trips. Couple this with your cooler seat for your drinks and snacks - you're in for a leisurely, pleasant fishing session.

This is a great video about getting ready for SUP fishing using the Aqua Marina Drift paddle board with the Aqua Marina cooler with seat!

Choosing an inflatable paddle board over a kayak

Now, let's compare fishing off a paddle board to other means of fishing. Kayaking has its charm, but the maneuverability and convenience a paddle board brings are unrivaled. It's super easy to learn, it's less expensive than boats, and let's be honest - it's trendy and fun! Plus, being on a paddle board makes even a familiar fishing spot feel new, offering unique angles and views.

Things to consider when choosing your seat

Of course, each fishing trip calls for a cooler for drinks, bait, or day's catch. Here's where the debate between a folding seat with a cooler up front or a cooler seat comes in. A folding seat tends to be more comfortable and adjustable, while a cooler seat serves a dual function - sitting and storage - adding convenience to your fishing experience. Both have their meritable advantages, so the choice will come down to personal preference.

Based on our experience these are the best fishing paddle boards

Favorite paddle board to fish on

At just under 11 feet long and 38 inches wide, the Aqua Marina Drift paddleboard is very stable and purpose built for fishing by one of the top paddle board manufacturers. On a narrower board, the higher center of gravity sitting on top of a cooler, especially when loaded would be precarious.

The super tough and durable drop stitch core material makes a stress-free trip for your favorite fishing hole or trek down a lazy river. There is also a full deck traction pad for comfort whether standing, kneeling or sitting. There are two d-rings in the center for strapping down the cooler seat (sold separately). Also included are two removable fishing rod holders.

This inflatable paddle board, easy to transport and set up, with its integrated cooler seat (see below), is indeed a boon for adventurers seeking new pastures to fish, yearning for more memorable times with friends and family, or simply wanting to relax amidst Mother Nature.

amazon aqua marina drift fishing paddle board cooler chest
amazon aqua marina drift fishing paddle board package

Favorite fishing paddle board on a budget

At just under 11 feet long and 35 inches wide, this paddleboard is also stable and purpose built for fishing. The Flypark is about half the price of the Aqua Marina Drift.

At only 20 pounds deflated, it can carry up to 430 pounds and is a very stable fishing platform regardless of whether you prefer fishing standing up or sitting down ...or both!

This board comes with a kayak seat and is outfitted with four d-rings for attaching any seat you like!  If you don't like that, you can easily upgrade to a more comfortable folding chair or purchase a fishing cooler seat (see recommendations below)

This board comes with two fishing mounts, one fishing rod holder and a ruler printed on the board graphics for easy measuring of your catch.  The double 4-point bungee system is customized with buckles instead of traditional pre-set d-rings, allowing you to bind your gear as your will.

The non-slip EVA deck pad of the Flypark inflatable paddle board is decorated with deeply grooved bars and crocodile patterns, which not only provides a soft and comfortable surface to stand, kneel or sit on but also creates a canal to drain rapidly

amazon flypark budget fishing paddle board buckle detail
amazon flypark budget fishing paddle board

Our favorite seats for fishing

Favorite fishing cooler seat setup

This super light durable and ridiculously usable cooler is amazing. It is made of extra thick insulation but weighs in at only 16 ounces! You can store fish, drinks, snacks, ice, etc. for 8 hours with no worries.

The comfortable, high back chair folds down for storage. It also features a foam cushion seat, bait and string trays! There are both a handle and strap for easy portability.

The lid can be opened from both sides via its unique closure/hinge system. The tackle box compartment can be opened to access the compartment and you can lift up the entire tackle box to access the inside of the cooler, making it easy to slip your catch into the cooler without having to get up and open the whole thing!

Best yet, you can strap the whole cooler down to your Drift paddle board using the straps included inside the cooler! No worries about losing your cooler back to the fish.

amazon aqua marina cooler seat

Favorite separate seat and cooler setup


At 19.5" x 12.5" x 14.5", this 30-quart drybox cooler is the perfect size for paddle boarding. Packed with fishing friendly features it is portable and lightweight but can also carry 45 pound of ice or 48 beverage cans.  Plenty of room for a fish or ten on ice!  

All the fittings are marine grade stainless steel and there are 4 rod holders.  It also doubles as a dry box to keep water out if you want to protect your camera, gear or emergency kit.  Comes in three colors, bright orange, tan and white.


This paddling seat is made out of aluminum alloy so it is strong, light and we do not have to worry about them rusting. This seat has a a mesh cushion with is very comfortable and fast drying if someone splashes you or you are dealing with alot of boat wakes.

Speaking of boat wakes, this seat stays in place perfectly on your paddleboard without straps so we haven't bothered using any ...even though they would be easy to install. It is very stable on the paddle board even when rocking sideways because of bad weather or boat wakes. 

We love this new paddling chair. because provides great support to your back and also allows us to easily adjust our back position using the straps on the side. If you find that the strap slips a little leaving you increasingly reclined as you paddle, simply tie a half hitch or any other knot in the loose part of the strap near the buckle after adjusting the seat to the perfect angle.

amazon engel fishing cooler tan
amazon diyarea folding paddle board seat

Our favorite paddle board fishing accessories

Securely anchor when you reach the perfect fishing spot

We often use the leash on our paddle board to tie up to rocks and trees on the side of a lake when we want to rest or have a picnic.  However, when we are fishing, doing yoga, or are somewhere without anywhere to tie up and when there is a wind or current, we usually bring an anchor..  This is our favorite anchor for paddle boarding.

When you are fishing, a wind will sometimes kick up and while you might have been enjoying drifting with the current, suddenly, you are getting blown too quickly.  Having the option to drop an anchor and continue fishing in your favorite spot can greatly extend your fishing session.  

From SUP Yoga, a relaxing day on the river, to fishing from a kayak this anchor has you covered. It is only 3.5 pounds and folds to 12 inches x 3 inches, making it easy to use and storage friendly. Included is a padded draw string storage bag that is perfect for scratch-free use on your paddleboard.

The anchor is rust resistant with 25 feet of green/black marine grade rope (7mm thick). It also includes a PVC flotation buoy and stainless steel snap hook for quick and easy connections.

amazon gradient fitness marine anchor paddle board

Final thoughts

So, dear fisher-friends, there you have it ...the magical charm of fishing on a sit down paddle board. It's an incredible blend of fun, adventure, relaxation, and a satisfying pursuit... one that anyone of any age can enjoy. It's the best way to fish, explore new territories, bond with friends and nature, and have an all-around good time. Try it, and you'll surely get hooked!

We hope to see you out on the water!

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