Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts and welcome to my post covering my 3 best surf fishing chairs to sit on this year. Now, I am a fisherman who likes to travel light however there are times when the old beach fishing session can last quite a few hours. On these occasions, my feet can start to get a bit sore and my back stiff so when this happens, a nice comfy chair can certainly be of advantage.
The issue as always however is that when you head down to the water’s edge, the lighter the load and the fewer trips you need to take back and forth to the car, the better… So with this in mind, let’s see if we can find a surf fishing chair to keep us comfortable as we get amongst them…
My 3 recommended chairs for surf fishing
I will review these in more detail below but if you just want to get moving without all the carry on, my 3 are listed here for your convenience:
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Check out these: Fishing chairs with rod holders
What are surf fishing chairs?
Ummm, look, a chair is a chair – but when it comes to chairs that are generally classed as those designed for fishing, it is usually less about the ‘sitting’ but and more about the extras that come with it. That said, many account for this by simply grabbing their favourite camp chair or even an old fold up plastic one from the garage.
That of course is totally fine. But you know that when it comes to fishing there are fit-for-purpose options for just about everything – chairs included – so for those looking to get themselves a good one, let’s check out some of the main considerations below:
What should you be looking for?
So, with all of the options that are available, let’s check out some of the things to look at as you consider your beach fishing chair purchase.
Terrain – We all know that beaches are sandy, but some are more so than others so if you will be sitting in really soft sand, then you may want to make sure that your chair is not going to sink.
Size – Smaller chairs tend to be less comfortable than the bigger options however are usually lighter and easier to carry. Choose your size accordingly.
Weight – As above, if you are going to be traveling a bit further to get to your favourite fishing spot (and you don’t have a beach fishing cart), then lugging a big, heavy chair is not what you want to be doing.
Additions – This next option really comes down to whether you want to use any old chair from the garage or get yourself a proper fishing option. There are a good number of additional extras that a fishing chair can include such as:
Note: Not all options that I list below will have all of these however the list above includes some of the things I have seen come with fishing chairs so if they are a need, then have a look around for some with these inclusions.
Frame material – Beach conditions will make stuff rust – check the composition of your chair prior to purchase – Look for an aluminium or durable plastic frame.
What Do I use?
As I have mentioned in a number of posts on this site, I like to travel light when I go to the beach for some fishing. That said, my choice is fishing chair flies directly in the face of all of that as I grab my favorite camping one out of the garage and take that.
It is not as light as some but it does have a carry bag that I can sling over my shoulder and includes a drink holder and wet pocket for spare drinks and wet gear etc.
At the end of the day, with my fishing back pack, this is all I need so I have not ventured into purchasing a specific fishing chair, however a mate of mine has one and I must admit, I do like how light they are.
My 3 recommendations broken down
As mentioned, there are a few different fishing chair options available online so I have chosen the following three in an attempt to give you some choices taking into consideration the information above. Based on this, I recommend the following options:
1. Timber Ridge Backpack Foldable Fishing Chair
The first chair I have chosen is for those of you who are looking for a chair with some storage options as well. It is lightweight (unless you fill the bag with beer haha) and folds to convert into your very own fishing backpack. It is made of a quality aluminium frame and canvas and also includes:
- 3 storage compartments
- Cooler bag in main compartment
- Mesh drink holders on side
- Heavy duty zippers
- Padded shoulder straps
Why have I chosen it?
This is a great one for those looking for a decent, versatile and lightweight chair that will handle beach fishing with ease as well as any other need you may have for it. It is easy to setup and fold down with the ability to carry without needing an extra hand. And you know I love a good backpack for fishing too.
2. Portal Lightweight Folding Chair
This next one is for those who want just a bit more comfort whilst fishing with some extra backrest support. The frame is made of extremely durable powder coated stainless steel with plastic feet to keep it on the sand – all at a weight under 5lb. As with the first option above, it also folds down to a carry bag which includes:
- Insulated cooler bag
- Insulated drink holder
- Front compartment for tackle
- Smaller compartment for keys, phone etc.
Why have I chosen it?
I like this one as again, it is an all in one backpack and chair that will work on most sand types. And best of all, it has a nice strong backrest attached for some extra comfort. All in all, for those who like to travel light but still be able to sit on a nice strong chair, this one may just be the ticket.
3. Tuscany Pro Backpack Fishing Chair
My final option here is for those who either like a big comfy chair, or spend a real lot of time fishing on the beach. It is a full sized chair designed for optimum comfort and stability on the sand. It has an all aluminum construction making it light in weight with a strong 600d polyester fabric seat and backrest. And whilst it doesn’t have the storage options of the first two above, it does include:
- Rod holder on side
- Cup holder
- Padded carry straps for easy carrying to the beach
Why have I chosen it?
I have a chair like this (without the fishing additions) and they really are very comfortable. It is lightweight and easy to carry and I also love the fact that it has a rod holder on the side. For those day long sessions, you could definitely do a lot worse that this one.
Do you want a rod holder with that?
For those of you who have a chair but would love it if it could hold your rod (or umbrella) as well, I found these in my research…
And there they are – my 3 best surf fishing chairs to sit on this year. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences with them.
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time