DIY Paddleboard Rod Holder

yakhunteryakhunter Posts: 138 Deckhand
I recently bought a SUP paddleboard to get some exercise and for the family to play with this summer. Very quickly I started wondering if I'd be able to fish from this thing.

The first question, is how do I add a rod holder? Unlike a kayak, you can't really put rivets or screws into a paddleboard.

After seeing similar gadgets on paddleboard websites, I decided to try to make a holder using one of those industrial suction cups, like the type used to pick up panes of glass. I figured they would stick well to the lacquered surface of the board. I found one here for only about $12 shipped:

Then I went to Tuppens and bought this rod holder for $18:

I went to Home Depot and bought two stainless u-bolts. The ones that fit are labeled 1/4"X1/8"X2". The are a tight fit, but after a little pounding and bending with a pliers, I was able to attach the rod holder to the suction cup with u-bolts.

The thing seems to work great. It is rock solid on the board and it will allow me troll while I paddle. Here's some pix:


  • PBG-JohnPBG-John Posts: 419 Deckhand
    Yakkers and SUP fishermen are a different breed. Well thought out. Good job. :thumbsup
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  • palmbeachpetepalmbeachpete Posts: 2,620 Captain
    Nice set up and a good looking board.
  • PickledvolvoPickledvolvo Posts: 189 Officer
    Great post! More info on the board.
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  • yakhunteryakhunter Posts: 138 Deckhand
    I bought the board at a little shop in Delray called The Salt Fly (

    The brand is H2O Generation. Here's the website:

    The board is not going to win any races because it is 32" wide (11' long). But my family and I are beginners, so I wanted something stable and buoyant. It is pretty light at 30 lbs. I also liked the retro styling of the wood veneer, which makes it look a little like an old timey surf board. I paid $1,050, which included a carbon fiber paddle.

    I see that I previously posted the wrong link to the rod holder. Here's the correct one:

    The only drawback to the design of the rod holder is that the metal parts on the suction cups will likely rust with exposure to saltwater. I think I'm going coat them in vaseline to slow it down.

    Here's some better pix of the board:
  • timmcollinstimmcollins Posts: 849 Officer
    Excellent. DragonFly makes a belt rod holder for there SUP that's pretty cool, But who were's a belt on a paddleboard.
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  • CrstyCptSWitherspoonCrstyCptSWitherspoon Posts: 590 Officer
    I'd take it a step farther and get two of those suction cup things and attach it to the bottom of a cooler. Now you've got a place to store fish, sit and you can mod the cooler to hold rods/paddles/whatever
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,333 Moderator
    Thats a nice looking paddleboard!
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  • bnzbnz Posts: 183 Deckhand
    Nice job on that rod holder. I've been using the same harbor freight suction cups for years on my kaskazi dorado fishbox lid and it works great. The only thing you have to watch out for is the metal pins rusting out on you if you are on the water a lot. Mine usually last me a fishing season or two before going out. Then I'll just buy another at $12 and do it again. :)

  • yakhunteryakhunter Posts: 138 Deckhand
    I was going to put a dab of grease on those metal pins to try to preserve them. But, as you say, the suction cups are so cheap it hardly matters.

    I'm amazed at their holding power. I can pick up my board by the suction cups and shake it without it coming loose.
  • jsonadamjsonadam Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    Maybe a little off topic - I have a child's Paddleboard - I made this rod holder for him and it works great. I am looking to add some Bungee tie downs for a small tacklebox and PFD. This is a cheaper board made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Construction - a plastic type material. I have looked at Surfco EZ Plugs - would these adhere to this material? If not,. is there another alternative? Thanks for any help.
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