A favorite outdoor pursuit for millions of people, shallow water fishing can be as easy as climbing into the boat. For some, that’s the only hurdle, and once in, they can go anywhere that boat can go. It’s one of the best ways to get mobile.
I’ve seen people who can get into boats on their own, those that have to be manually picked up and placed in, some that roll in on ramps, and a few that are hoisted up and lowered onto the deck. The point being that there are a lot of different ways to get it done if you want to bad enough.
The good news is that most boats have enough room for wheelchairs, so as soon as you figure out how to fish, you can pretty much go anywhere in the world to do it, and there are fishing guides everywhere who are equipped to handle challenged passengers.
Seemingly one of the most difficult areas for challenged sportsmen, offshore fishing presents its own unique set of hurdles. In fact, heading forty miles out through rough seas to fight 100+ lb fish can look downright impossible, especially for quadriplegics. But it can be done. With the right equipment, it can be done.
Several years ago, I talked to a C-5 quad fisherman from California who had fought and landed blue marlin without any assistance. That conversation inspired my interest in deep sea fishing and kicked-off my quest for finding the special types of adaptations that make it possible.
The offshore section will detail all of these devices as well as the charters and crews who cater to wheeling fisherman all around the world.
There are about as many inventions for adaptive fishing as there are for hunting. From the most basic designs, like using tape to secure the rod to your hand, to electric reels, to fully automated rigs that cast out and retrieve at the push of a button, there is something here for every level of ability.
This will be our fishing gear review page where we will post info on devices and techniques used by physically challenged fishermen across the country.
The fishing equipments that are available on the market will have links to where they can be found online. Others are custom-made devices that will be listed for information-only purposes.
From offshore to inshore, know that there is something out there for everyone. You may have to invent something on your own, or modify an existing product. Whatever the case, keep working until you find something that works. And we’d like to hear from you about how you figured it out.