The Sea Eagle Hybrid HB96 is an inflatable SUP you can fish like a bass boat. Photo: Ben Duchesney
The Sea Eagle Hybrid HB96 is an inflatable SUP you can fish like a bass boat.

When I pulled up to the launch without my kayak on the roof, my friends started to joke. “Forget something?” “Walking on water, now?” “You’re not riding with me!” Haha. Without cracking a smile, I pulled a big bag out of the truck, unloaded Sea Eagle’s HB96 hybrid SUP, seat and pump and, in about five minutes, my friends were silenced and I was on the water.

Sea Eagle’s HB96 Swivel Seat Fishing Rig is a hybrid SUP/kayak that goes wherever and does whatever. Built on a sturdy nine-foot, six-inch inflatable SUP, Sea Eagle added an aluminum base and swivel seat. Sit down and paddle to the fishing grounds, then stand up and fish. Remove the seat, and the HB96 turns into a capable surfing SUP.

On the water, the system takes some getting used to. The elevated, spinning seat puts the center of gravity high off the deck to make stability feel a little sketchy. The 32-inch beam keeps the angler upright and with some practice I was paddling and fishing with confidence. I used my kayak paddle while seated, then switched to a SUP paddle to fish on my feet.

The padded, hard-plastic seat offers good support for paddling and casting. I could spin to the side or stern to fish in any direction. The aluminum seat base extends…

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