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.

Kayak Fishing and Old Age

Kayak fishing and old age? Typically, the two aren’t closely associated one the other, since kayaks, including fishing kayaks, are notoriously unstable and uncomfortable, and not a fishing platform deemed suitable for the older, wiser angler, especially ones that can afford fishing from real boats… Inevitably, old age is associated with a variety of physical problems that affect the angler’s ability to fish from kayaks. Among others, seniors may suffer from an impaired sense of balance, and be more sensitive to back problems, including pain, sciatica, etc. This is true for leg problems as well.
Elderly anglers are usually less athletic than young ones, and some of them have considerable weight issues. Furthermore, being exposed to cold weather, cold water, and wetness in general, is not necessarily recommended for older people, whose ability to withstand hardships inflicted by the elements is reduced, compared to younger people’s ability.
For all these reasons, seniors seldom fish from kayaks, and rightfully so.

Kayak fishing and old age?  Typically, the two aren’t closely associated one the other, since kayaks, including fishing kayaks, are notoriously unstable and uncomfortable, and not a fishing platform deemed suitable for the older, wiser angler, especially ones that can afford fishing from real boats…

Inevitably, old age is associated with a variety of physical problems that affect the angler’s ability to fish from kayaks. Among others, seniors may suffer from an impaired sense of balance, and be more sensitive to back problems, including pain, sciatica, etc.  This is true for leg problems as well.

Elderly anglers are usually less athletic than young ones, and some of them have considerable weight issues.

Elderly fisherman in a stand up fishing kayak

Furthermore, being exposed to cold weather, cold water, and wetness in general, is not necessarily recommended for older people, whose ability to withstand hardships inflicted by the elements is reduced, compared to younger people’s ability.

For all these reasons, seniors seldom fish from kayaks, and rightfully so.

Readers who are interested in learning more about these subjects would find the Senior Kayak Angler Blog to be a great source of information, with dozens of articles, and good insight.

Elderly fisherman standing up in his fishing kayak