Back Pain: The Best Kept Secret in Kayak Fishing

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

When you visit kayak fishing websites and online discussion forums back pain is seldom discussed, and if happens to be mentioned the participants tend to brush off the complaints by suggesting that it’s either a problem that comes with the sport, or something that a new kayak-seat model or brand would solve.

This blog post discusses the issues related to back pain in kayak fishing. The comments are particularly interesting.

Sciatic Nerve Problems, Back Pain, and Kayak Fishing

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Jeff McGovern, a famous kayak fisherman from Florida writes:
“That sciatic nerve issue has been pain.
However a few hours in the W kayak today was almost a cure. It must be the upright position combined with the paddling that does it.
According to everything I’ve been reading from trainers and alike exercise is the key. I Don’t know why but I feel so much better after time in the W kayak – the W is really something.”

Read the whole post on the Wavewalk Fishing Kayaks blog

Circulation Problems and Back Pain in Kayaks

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

A kayak paddler from Mississippi writes:

“I have circulation problems, and also a history of occasional low back pain.In consequence, while I love small paddle boats, until now every one I’ve owned and/or tried (quite a few) has presented me with serious drawbacks to their use and enjoyment.Sea kayaks cause my legs to fall asleep, thus rendering graceful exits not only impossible but occasionally highly embarrassing. Recreational kayaks’ large cockpits, while facilitating entry, exit, and leg movement,are at risk of swamping in the Mississippi Sound where I normally paddle, as are canoes.Sit on top kayaks are wet, and due to their high center of gravity typically have shallow seats which are even less comfortable than those of a sea kayak.All the aforementioned boats also create issues for my lower back after a few hours of paddling.”

Read his entire kayak review