Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kayak Angler's Reflexions on Kayak Fishing, Old Age, and Sore Backs

The following paragraph is taken from a new kayak fishing trip report written by Florida kayak angler Jeff McGovern:


A really remarkable thing that struck me about this whole day was the comfort we had fishing from these boats.  None of us are young men –I am the youngest at 55, both Ed and Gary are the 70 year old range.  Between us there have been back issues ranging from simple sciatic problems to major surgeries.  To a man, the W500 is a boat we could use easily and comfortable.  In any other fishing kayaks, our range would not have been as great and there would have been many more stops to get out for unkinking.  This trip was only the start.  There will be many more to come, fishing the waters off  Florida’s west coast in the world’s most comfortable and fishable paddle craft."

The important point is that elderly kayak anglers may be more aware of health problems, including back pain, leg pain etc., as they've had more opportunities to experience such problems, but young kayak anglers and paddlers should be aware of those things as well, since sooner or later they will experience them to some extent.

That is to say that prevention is the best cure, and if you feel uncomfortable paddling a sit-in or SOT kayak or fishing from such a kayak, it's basically because it's not a well designed watercraft, and sooner or later it would make you feel worse: Those things don't just go away by themselves, and more padding in your seat and below your knees may provide you with a momentary illusion of relief, but they can't and won't solve your problem.

Read Jeff's entire kayak fishing report

2 comments:

Bolzano said...

When it comes to back pain everybody's old
There's too much stuff we do that hurts our back, and we often notice it when it's too late

Phil K said...

I totally agree with this blog. Prevention is key in everything that's health related because fixing things is not really as good as avoiding them.
Phil K