Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club

Gary Rankel, from Hernando, Florida, launched his kayak fishing club and website in 2015.
Since then, his website has become a useful source of information about fishing Nature Coast and Citrus County, kayak fishing techniques and rigging tips, the Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club schedule and activities, and the Wavewalk 500, from which Gary has been fishing for the past seven years.
Gary offers lectures and advice on these subjects, and he organizes fishing trips, mainly to the Ozello wildlife refuge, where he and his friends fish for snook, redfish and seatrout, as well as other species. He is also active in campaigning for wildlife and fisheries conservation, following his decades long work as a scientist in this field.

Many seniors who would like to go out there and fish are prevented from doing so because handling and driving a regular size motorboat is too hard for them, while fishing out of a common (SOT or Sit-In) kayak is too uncomfortable for them, mainly because of back pain problems, leg circulation, difficulties in launching and beaching, and the need that some have for an extra source of power, namely a motor, due to the fact that their range of travel as paddlers is even more limited than that of younger anglers. Some elderly anglers, such as Gary himself, who’s in in seventies, no longer enjoys a perfect sense of balance, and appreciates the extra stability offered by the Wavewalk.

Gary wrote a comprehensive review of the Wavewalk 500, which was published in the magazine Southern Kayak Fishing.

Sensible Kayak Angler – New Kayak Fishing Magazine

‘Sensible’ isn’t exactly what most people who practice fishing think about fishing out of a kayak. After all, not too many anglers practice kayak fishing, since it’s considered by most to be an extreme form of fishing, in the sense that fishing out of one of those SOT, sit-in, and hybrid kayaks just isn’t stable, comfortable or dry enough for most anglers to consider as being acceptable – or sensible.
But there’s also a type of kayak fishing that is safer, feels better, and it is also more practical. Sensible Kayak Angler is a magazine about fishing from kayaks that are more stable, don’t cause back pain, whose handling and use does not involve the hassle and discomfort commonly associated with with this sport.

Stability, ergonomics, and other problems are among the subjects discussed in the new kayak fishing magazine, and the more light shed on these subjects, the better, especially when elderly anglers are concerned, since they are both less capable of enjoying inadequate kayaks, and less willing to do so than the average kayak angler is.

Stability: The Key To Good Fishing Kayak Design

A new article on Micronautical, the kayak design magazine, discusses the importance of stability in fishing kayaks, and how to design a kayak for greater stability.

It’s an interesting read for elderly anglers, as well as for those who suffer from balance impairement and other disabilities that make paddling kayaks and fishing from them more challenging.

The subject goes also to fly fishing from kayaks, since this technique is best practiced standing up when paddling and scouting for fish, or when sight fishing.

Needless to say that stable kayaks are safer anywhere, whether inland or offshore, and that there is no such thing as too much stability when motorizing your fishing kayak is concerned.



Painless Kayak Fishing Now Availble On Senior Kayak Angler Magazine

This Magazine, Senior Kayak Angler, just got a huge boost in the form of dozens of republished quality articles from a leading source on kayaking back pain and other injuries, the blog named Painless Kayak Fishing.

This is a wonderful opportunity to expose all this top quality editorial material to our readers, and hopefully attract more visitors who are interested in avoiding pain and discomfort associated with kayak fishing, especially at an older age.

Senior Kayak Angler

Yak Back Pain: The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla In The Room

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

The eight hundred pound gorilla in a market for a certain product is the biggest player in that market, and the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room is an expression that means the obvious problem no one is talking about.

As with everything related to sit-in and SOT kayaks, that problem in kayak fishing is poor ergonomics, especially back pain and discomfort that prevent many anglers from joining the ranks of kayak anglers, and causing a considerable number of kayak anglers to quit the sport once they realize the problem is intolerable for them, and there is nothing they can effectively do about it.

These ergonomic problems are often discussed in private, or in online forums, but usually the attitude towards them is either acceptance, as something that’s inherently part of the sport (like getting wet is supposed to be), or as a personal problem of the person complaining about it, and one that can be superficially addressed with some extra foam under the knees, or on top of the kayak seat.

Manufacturers and other vendors of sit-in and SOT kayaks have identified these serious ergonomic problems, and use them as an opportunity to sell more gear – mainly expensive kayak seats with extra cushioning and varying angles for the backrest, none of which can in fact solve any of the problems in question.

Sit-in kayaks have been used for centuries, and SOT kayaks have been commercially available for over four decades. Had there been a way to solve this problem that comes with the use of these kayaks, it would have been discovered and offered to the public. But there is no such solution, because of the L position and the footrests-backrest system designed to allow modern kayak paddlers and anglers to stay in place and exert control over their kayak through their legs continuously pushing their lower back against the backrest.
This means that as long as a kayak passenger is required to sit with their legs stretched in front of them, there will be a need for them to use footrests and a backrest, as well as use their legs to push their back against the backrest – constantly, thus creating pressure in the lumbar area – resulting in discomfort and pain.

In contrast, the new W kayaks present a solution that frees both paddlers and anglers from back pain, due to these kayaks’ patented form, which requires their passengers neither to sit in the L position, nor to use any type of footrests, or backrest.
W kayak passengers are free to switch between a number of ergonomic positions anytime they choose to do so, and even stand up if they feel like paddling or fishing standing, or just in order to stretch. The new W500 series is stable enough to enable the passenger to lie down and rest, stretch, and relax.

Over the years, reporters and editors in publications that cover kayaking and kayak fishing have systematically avoided reporting about either this critical ergonomic problem, or the real solution recently found to it.
Talking openly about that eight hundred pound gorilla in the room would have surely annoyed the kayak market’s eight hundred pound gorilla, as well as the smaller players, who pay for advertising their kayaks and kayak seats in those specialized publications.

Meanwhile, a large part of the public is still unaware of the solution offered to their kayaking and kayak fishing problem, and they are not getting this information from the paddling or fishing media.