Hi, there! My
nickname is Old Spook. I am a disabled fisherman and I know there are
more of us out there who feel lost because there simply isn't enough for
us in the way of places to fish and gear as well as stuff period. So I've
been recruited by Walt for the job of gladly informing you regarding this
Here I will discuss reel repair,
gear, rods and lure rigs and lure fixits as well as setups for wheel chair
information that may help out, links for disabled people. I hope this
takes off well, as I'm going all out on this effort to show the world
we ARE capable of fishing, etc.
Way too many times I have heard
the old bad remarks of "that man shouldn't be here or be on a boat"
and have been turned away simply because I was stuck in a chair. Well,
I have new for them. We can fish and discrimination should be reported
to the harbormaster and the USCG as well if anyone has had a shot in the
can like I've gotten before. Now I use two canes when I go out or a chair
(which incidently was stolen and I'm presently trying to get another one)
for the long hauls. I will also feature how to make a better setup for
taking your gear on the chair with you.
Let's start with the links:
Fishing Links and Places
for the Disabled Angler with info for people like us…
Kansas City, MO
Cape Cod, MA
Wildlife America and the Handicapped Americans for Conservation
Paralyzed Veterans of America and the B.A.S.S. / P.V.A Trail
Challenged Sportsman's Assoc.
sources of information and products for the disabled fisherman
Guide to Barrier
Free Recreation lists 40 places with facilities for the disabled.
for your free pamphlet
Adaptive Recreation Equipment for the Physically Challenged
Can be reached at:
2509 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
aid the disabled sportsman can be gotten here:
J.L. Pachner, ltd.
PO Box 93
Zurich, IL 60047
5223 South Lorel Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
A reference circular
for the sight impaired with a variety of resources and places is available.
Request pamphlet #83-3
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Washington D.C. 20542
Get information on
the Blind Fishing Tournament at:
for the Blind
566 East Maiden Street
Washington, PA 15301
State Route 1 Box
Eley, MN 55731
Challenged Sportsmens Association
3006 Louisiana Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44109
Here is a link for
electric reels, one of the best I've seen that i recommend
for quality reels with attached power units. This is a fine company
check out for all the needs of their product. You will find many
most fisherpoeple use only with electric power!
Thereby giving a quality product as well to the disabled community.
2819 62nd Ave. E.
Bradenton, FL 34203
Category:Manufacturers - Electric Fishing Reel
Electric Penn Styles!!!
1700 Sullivan Street
PO Box 20411
Greensboro, NC 27420
Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Precision Auto Reels
- When I went out
I had all my gear stowed like this so all I had to do was turn my butt
to get my stuff like this: I had a knapsack with Plano boxes full of
stuff all sorted out, that was just simply hooked to the back of the
chair handles with two simple quick release dog leash style latches
so all I had to do was just unhook them and then pull the gear bag on
my lap…that simple! This also kept it off my lap from falling all over
and was a lot simpler than a tackle box. Although if I had lost my legs
I would have mounted it to the foot rests that are usually standard
on most chairs simply by using a couple of nuts and bolts or some bungee
cords. The other way with bolts might be okay, too.
- For a rod holder
what I used was a piece of PVC piping I had gotten from the hardware
store for a couple bucks. I had enough for two pipes. What I did was
use two automotive radiator hose clamps to attach it to the side panel
arm just under the pad at the top and through the seat on the bottom.
I then could surfcast my heart out with a bottom rig and sit back into
my soda pop…no sweat! It worked very well on my old unit with the newer
chairs you have to at least use one side panel and arm rest for this
to work or you'll have to bungee cord it to the wheel which I didn't
care much for at all. I like to be able to move about on the pier a
little bit and this was okay in the fact that I could cheat a bit and
turn the chair to tighten the line up if the rod tip twitched a bit!
- On my other arm
rest I had the old style swinging gimbal soda pop can holder, most necessary
for fishing! Again I used a hose clamp for a radiator hose to fasten
that down. If the pier or walkway was tilted, I wouldn't spill a drop
of my beloved Dr. Pepper!
- Always have a small
bike pump and patch repair kit for those of us whose chairs are tubed
tires. One other suggestion…put mountain bike style tires on so you
can get around in the dirt a little better.
I hope this helps!