Experienced kayak angler from Florida, Jeff McGovern has made some observations:
“Yet another problem in fishing kayaks is shoulder pain, as some of my common kayak friends have talked about- they often communicate that they need to get multiple shoulder problems fixed. Certain anglers have deformities on their shoulders which can be immediate threats. His main problem is casting from his sit on top kayak, which is very painful for his shoulder. The awkward casting angles are painful for my friend as well as others, so he is forced to fish by standing in the water and wade fishing. My friend is twenty five, and there should be no way a product is so painful to use, even for very young people. Whereas conventional kayaks limit your kayak fishing abilities, my Wavewalk fishing kayak offers a tremendous advantage when I power cast. I’ve never had to experience the described pain in casting from the low L position, as my fishing kayak allows you to fish from a superior position.”
To put the issue into perspective, ask yourself these question:
How many people who cast from docks or from large, expensive motorboats cast sitting with their back perpendicular to their legs? Why would you want to do this out of your own will, especially if less painful options are available, such as fishing standing up?
Of course no one fishes in the L posture while on land or in large boats, and no one has even considered it.
In different terms, this posture should never be considered suitable for kayak fishing, but conventional sit-in and sit-on fishing kayaks have no reasonable alternative. Anglers do not want to spend time and money with larger fishing boats, they must deal with this inconvenient hindrance to their enjoyment of kayak fishing, yo even be able to fish.”
As stated, conventional fishing kayaks all have this problem, so why not look towards the unconventional? The perfect fishing kayak would have an innovative new ability to use alternate postures. One such kayak comes to mind: The Wavewalk fishing kayak, mentioned in McGovern’s quote. This fishing kayak offers the ability to utilize new positions, like the riding and standing position, through its saddle, which allows for more powerful casting and a better overall experience when kayak fishing.
Shoulder pain in kayak fishing while casting is discussed often in the kayak fishing world, and there are many articles written on it.