A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with kayak-fishing guru David Hadden of Freedom Hawk Kayaks about his new Stand Up Paddle board the Predator and how it was different for fishing than other SUPs.
David told me, “Because of the SUP Craze, dealers have been pushing us to design a SUP which would be stable enough to fish from yet also cruise the shallows on fishless days for a combination of exercise and fun. They also wanted it to be lightweight, less than 30 lbs.,” said Freedom Hawk president David Hadden. “After 16 months of prototyping and testing SUP designs, we feel we have designed a fishing SUP with the right combination of stability and efficiency…. This is not going to be as stable as our patented Freedom Hawk Kayaks, but for customers wanting to experience the fun and exercise capabilities of an SUP, and to fish, we believe we have designed and engineered the perfect blend.” Hadden went on to add that while there are SUPs being marketed to the fisherman, this board is the first one designed from, “the skeg up specifically for kayak fishing.”
While I’ve only been doing the SUP fishing thing for about a year now and I can say with confidence that this is one of the most well-thought-out and best-designed SUPs for anglers.