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8 Paddles stuck in the sand on a beach. Photo by Ric Burnley

Expert tips on the best sticks and paddles for your board or boat.

Ask any experienced angler and he’ll tell you nothing affects an angler’s experience on the water more than his choice of paddle. Whether it’s your primary source of propulsion, or just a backup to take a pedal boat into tight areas, using the right paddle is key to success and enjoyment.

Paddles listed from left to right in the image above.

1) YAKATTACK PARKNPOLE | $70 | WWW.YAKATTACK.US

YakAttack’s iconic ParkNPole is standard equipment on flats boats around the world. Skinny water anglers can use the broad foot to push through the shallows. To throw on the brakes, flip the pole over and stick the pointy end into the sand. Made of tough fiberglass with a UVresistant nylon foot and metal point, the ParkNPole can survive the rigors of long days on the water.

2)  AQUA-BOUND MALTA FIBERGLASS | $259 | WWW.AQUABOUND.COM

Standup paddleboards for fishing are usually long and wide to carry a big load and maximize stability. That makes it more important to have a light and strong paddle. Aqua-

Bound’s Malta has an 87-squareinch blade and 10-degree bend to push a lot of water. The carbon-fiber shaft is super stiff, while the molded handle keeps it comfortable. Adjustable shaft makes it easy to share with your friends.

3) BOARDWORKS FGR CARBON ADJUSTABLE | $269 | WWW.BOARDWORKSSURF.COM

Moving a big board with a small blade and long shaft defies the laws of levers and fulcrums. Boardwork’s FGR Carbon Adjustable paddle combines carbon fiber and thermoplastic to make a super stiff shaft that transfers all the power to the blade. The carbon fiber blade reduces swing weight allowing the paddle to travel through the air easier. Dialing in the right length is easy, the FGR’s Leverlock system won’t slip or bend under heavy pressure.

4) BENDING BRANCHES CARBON ANGLER PRO | $424.95 | WWW.BENDINGBRANCHES.COM

Bending Branches spent hours tank testing designs until they settled on the perfect combination of power and efficiency for the new Angler Pro series of paddles. The blade provides plenty of torque to push a big fishing kayak with enough finesse to go for miles. The adjustable shaft can be dialed in for a perfect fit. A measuring tape embossed on the shaft keeps anglers honest.

5) BACKWATER PADDLE ASSASSIN | $169.95 | WWW.BACKWATERPADDLES.COM

At first look, Backwater’s Assassin paddle appears to be a gimmick. The large blade features hooks and teeth resembling a ninja weapon. Look closer and you see the shaft is made of super-light carbon fiber and the blades are ultra-tough injection-molded ABS plastic. On the water the Assassin makes sense. Pair this paddle with a pedal kayak for a tough and utilitarian stick to take you where pedals won’t go.

6) H2O PADDLES CRYSTAL X | $193 | WWW.H2OPADDLES.COM

Paddling the Crystal X, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the blades. The clear plastic looked like a gem glistening in the sunlight. Those blades are an aerospace material that is both light and tough. The paddle comes in fiberglass or carbon shaft with a unique adjustable ferrule that is easy to customize on the fly. Crystal X is perfect for anglers looking for a bullet-proof paddle that can tackle rivers or rocky shallows. Take this paddle into the rough stuff.

7) WERNER CAMANO: HOOKED | $275 | WWW.WERNERPADDLES.COM

Anglers paddling long and low open-water kayaks need a long, skinny paddle blade that will efficiently move water with less effort. Werner’s Camano is designed for the long haul with a dihedral, asymmetrical blade that releases water off the spine and evenly

loads the face. To appeal to anglers, Werner has designed blades with fish-themed colors and patterns. This year, they added largemouth bass and peacock bass.

8) GREY OWL VOYAGEUR | $71 | WWW.GREYOWLPADDLES.COM

Grey Owl’s Voyageur is worthy of its proud name, Canada’s early explorers would have been stoked to use this paddle. At only 21 ounces, using the 54-inch model we tested is like paddling with air. Wood offers a soft feel and forgiving stroke that reduces fatigue and improves comfort. The blade is built of seven-layer laminated cherry, basswood and walnut for beauty that will provide years of faithful service.

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