August 29, 2018

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Like to paddle board fish? Fun DIY fishing crate project for your board!

We love fishing off our N2 boards.  The stealth and unrestrained ability to access any body and depth of water, makes your North 2 Paddle Board the ultimate fishing vessel.  I can sneak up on many gamefish on my SUP board since it's so quite moving through the water. I target species including Bass, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Snapper, and a variety of Jacks. If you love to fish, and love being out on the water, try paddle fishing! 

I got with my good friend @ Will Vacha, who is also an avid paddle fisherman, and talked about a super cool DIY fishing crate he made for his 11'4" N2 Adventure Board.  He took a standard 13" X 13" milk crate as his platform to begin with. Added rod holders by drilling holes through them and affixing them to the crate with stainless steel bolts.  Simple plastic rod holders like these can be purchased fairly inexpensively at places like Walmart, Bass Pro Shops, and others. An extra step Will took was adding a hinged top using a simple square sturdy plastic cutting board. He drilled holes in the cutting board and made hinges with zip ties. So cool right?! The cover is sturdy enough that you can use it as a raised casting platform, which comes in handy for sight fishing. Adding small strips of EVA deck padding can be used as well to increase the grip surface of the cover of your crate, and keep in mind you don't need to add a top to your fishing crate, but this can come in handy for several reasons.  Lastly, rigging up a simple anchor system is a great idea, especially if you're paddle fishing in areas of wind or current.  Small kayak style anchor systems can be purchased by many retailers including the ones mentioned above. One idea to make a simple inexpensive DIY anchor is purchasing a simple flat circle weight from 5-8lbs. Now add an anchor line to it with some kind of nylon rope and carabiner clip to attach the anchor line to your board. I use either the leash string or bungee tie down cord to attach my anchor to my board.  Flat weight. Make sure you have enough rope to handle the depths of water your fishing in.

I love the N2 Adventure Boards for fishing. The bungee tie down cords on the nose of the boards and full EVA deck padding make attaching my fishing crate to the board a piece of cake, and it stays in place even in rough and choppy water.  If your board doesn't have pre-installed bungee cords, you can purchase aftermarket kits like this here. Bungee Kit. 

So try out this cool little DIY project for your Paddle Board. It's a fun useful way to increase your paddle fishing effectiveness, and super fun! See you on the water and big thanks to Will Vacha! 

June 19, 2018

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Paddle Board Fishing off your North 2 Board

Here at N2 we love all things water, including paddle board fishing. Or SUP fishing! Stand up paddleboards make an excellent choice of water craft if you want to sneak up on the fish you're after, or want to get into super shallow waters.  You don't need much to get started, and no need for gasoline or the pesky thousand dollar boat repairs! 

Grab a spinning rod with 12-20lb. test, swim bates like the paddle-tail minnow, or crank baits and go at it.  I like chasing fish on the fly so I normally go out armed with my 6 or 9 wt. fly rod, floating fly line, and about a 9' tapered leader down to a 20lb tippet.  If you're going after toothy characters like Mr. Baracuda, go for a wire tippet or 30-40lb. shock tippet.  Shock tippets on your fly leader are also a wise choice if you're hunting snook and tarpon as well around here in the salt.  I normally just grab my rod, a handful of bait fish fly imitations like clousers, extra tippet line, a plier multi took with a small knife in it, and a belt pack, and of course a water proof action camera for the shots so you can impress all your Insta followers! 

 I like to use THE PADDLE CLIP to hold my rod at my hip while I'm paddling around searching for fish, or going from spot to spot.  I find it works perfect for my fly rod, and I'm sure a spinning reel would work with it as well.  You don't need much to get out on your SUP and do some fishing.  I also find the trolling method to be fun and effective as well.  I simpley attach my fly rod to my hip, let out about 15 yards of fly line and leader with about a 3" clouser minnow fly at the end and get to paddling! I keep up a descent paddle cadence when troll fishing off my paddle board, and every now and again I get a nice tug on the line.  At that point I stop paddling, get to my knees and play the fish to the board. Rinse and repeat! 

So if you're looking to add something fun to your paddling, try paddle-fishing.  Our N2 ADVENTURE SUP BOARDS do awesome as paddle board fishing boards.

See you on the water! 

April 18, 2017

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Flats Fishing with your Paddle Board, N2 Adventure Air, Biscayne Bay Miami FL.

Yet another way to enjoy your Stand up Paddle Board! Use it as a platform to salt water fly fish for tropical flats fish species in Biscayne Bay, Miami Fl.  The 10'5" N2 Adventure Air inflatable paddle board doubles as your fly fishing skiff.  

We are so close from the Miami metro area, so being able to shoot down from Palm Beach County Florida to Miami is a quick trip for us here at N2.  Once here you understand why Biscayne Bay is one of the true treasures in the United States.  The largest true tropical tidal bay ecosystem in the lower 48, Biscayne Bay is home to a host of sought after salt water flats species from the elusive Bonefish, Snook, and Tarpon.  

Try your luck with a 9 wt. Fly Rod or spinning gear and sight fish from your SUP, paddling through the crystal clear bay waters enjoying this tropical paradise in our own backyard.  Our North 2 Boards 10'5" Adventure Air makes an excellent platform to silently sight fish for flats fish.  Since you're standing on a paddle board, matched with a pare of polarized sunglasses, you're able to see into the water with a unique advantage.  While stalking your prey on your SUP, you are able to enjoy seeing the likes of other Biscayne Bay flats residents including juvenile Lemon sharks, rays, and sea turtles.

The N2 Adventure Air is 34" wide so it makes an excellent fishing paddle board that is super stable, even when casting your fly fishing rod.  The board feels like your standing on a professional fly fishing skiff! So next time you're looking for an Adventure get out and try fishing from your stand up paddleboard. 

March 01, 2015

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Hunting Bonefish with your North 2 Paddleboard

There is something special about spending time exploring tropical salt flats. Here in Sunny South Florida we are very lucky to have some exceptional "skinny water" locations right in our own backyard. A short drive from Delray Beach, FL to Key Biscayne, FL will take less than an hour and half (Depending on traffic). But once you cross the Rickenbacker causeway and land on KB, you feel like you are 1,000 miles away.

A stand up paddleboard makes an excellent platform to quietly explore these pristine marine environments. I took a N2 10' Sessions out with me, along with my 8wt. fly rod, and a few "Crazy Charlie" bonefish flies. The obvious benefits of using your SUP while stalking bonefish along the flats are, it allows you to get into very shallow water, and other areas, such as shallow mangrove trails...places a boat would have trouble negotiating. Plus no gas needed! Only the power of your paddle, which is as good for your mental and physical health as it is for this fragile environment. Making almost no sound as you cruise along the gin clear waters, Nurse, Black Tip, and other sharks and marine life can be observed very closely and undisturbed.

Places like these are little slices of paradise in our busy on the go modern life. North 2 can take you there!

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