Senior Moments in Kayak Fishing

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability. Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability.

Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

A significant proportion of kayak fishing capsize accidents happens while the kayak is stationary, and the angler inside, or on top of it is fishing, and loses balance, often while trying to get hold of some piece of fishing equipment stored in a hatch that’s too difficult to access, or fell on board or inside the kayak.

You can capsize a fishing kayak simply by turning around to talk to another person, or observe something on the water, or on shore.

Sitting peacefully in a common fishing kayak and being hit by a sudden wake sent by a motorboat you didn’t notice can result in an overturned kayak, especially if the kayak is not super-stable, and your own reactions are a bit too slow, or excessive.

In other cases, the angler is standing in his kayak, or on the deck of their SOT kayak, believing the kayak is suitable for stand up fishing, just to discover, a bit too late, that there’s no ‘Plan B’ option in case they lose balance, which can be caused by a variety of things, including being distracted by external events, or by one’s own wandering thoughts…

There are over forty million people who fish in the United States alone, and many of them are seniors. There are also over seventeen million leisure boats in the country, most of which are motorboats, and many that are used for fishing, including by many elderly people. In comparison, the number of people who fish from kayaks is dismal, and the proportion of senior kayak anglers out of the entire kayak fishing population is small. This basically means two things: That when fishing is concerned, the overwhelming majority of anglers prefer motorboats to kayaks, and that kayak fishing isn’t particularly appealing to senior anglers, and for good reasons.

CONCLUSION

In order for fishing kayaks to accommodate the needs of senior anglers, such craft should offer more comfort, stability and accessible storage than all sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks offer,  as well as easy access into the kayak, getting out easily, and an overall level of usability and safety that seniors can find only in W fishing kayaks – for normal conditions as well as for those ‘senior moments’ that can happen to anyone.

The Senior Kayak Angler

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks. This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.
This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

We’re all seniors, or hope to become seniors when the time comes, and we all want to lead a healthy and active life, without compromising our comfort and safety.

Comes a certain age, when you realize that you have the right and obligation to think for yourself, as well as the capability to do so. That’s also when you begin to think like a wise person, which usually means being more careful (or simply less careless…) and take into consideration questions like “What If?”, and “Says Who?”.

You don’t get excited that easily, and you’re more skeptical, and critical.

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks.

This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.

This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

When you’re ten years old, overturning your kayak is an achievement, and when you’re twenty years old, it’s fun. When you’re thirty years old it’s no big deal, and when you’re forty years old it something you’re rather avoid, but it’s still acceptable.  When you’re fifty years old, it’s an unpleasant accident, and when you’re over sixty years old it’s something that should not happen. Period.

As for leg numbness, back pain, wet butt, yak ass and other physical problems, minor or major – younger people may accept them and tolerate them as part of the sport of kayak fishing, but elderly anglers simply reject them, and rightfully so.

Kayak fishing is meant to be fun, and not some hazardous outdoor torture, and this is a notion that does not require to be proven, or justified – It’s axiomatic, meaning that it goes without saying.

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