Yes. On my last 1444, I used my SUP paddle exclusively unless I was poling someone. Poling from the front works too, but the paddle is so much easier and you can make like a hole in the water and sneak up on just about anything. The trick is having a system/setup that allows you to stop quickly, put the paddle down quietly, and then make your cast before your fish spooks or you lose sight of it. This is where a Power Pole Micro comes in very handy. Make sure you have towels to lay the paddle on to avoid noise. I plan on doing the same with my next 1444 only using an adjustable paddle as I will have a casting platform on this one.I’m torn if I want to have a trolling motor on my new skiff. Has anyone tried using a sup/kayak paddle from the bow of the boat instead of a trolling motor?