I don’t mean your wife beating you up for going fishing too much — that would bring some pain I’m sure. That’s not the pain that has begun hitting me now.
I have heard of carpel tunnel syndrome for a long time. It’s caused by repeated motions, people on computers have it sometime. I know some guides on the lake that got it from throwing a cast net over the years. I was reading my latest issue of Bass Master and found an article and pictures of what the pros and elite anglers are facing.
They are having operations and special joint treatments to get pain free. The average fisherman who goes now and then is pretty sure not to get it.
I have been guiding and fishing 1-4 days a week for a long time. Over time I’m now learning that all those years of chunking and winding have given me the start of the same problem. It hurts now and then when I set the hook or pick something up.
If I point my thumbs down it sometimes hurts too. I have it in both wrists. My other unpleasant surprise has me having caster’s elbow. Don’t laugh — it’s a medical condition also, similar to tennis elbow.
I’m not going to quit fishing, even though they say rest is a good start for the elbow. I’ll take the pain if it shows up. The article also gave some pointers from some of the elites about changing the way you cast. Use two hands one on the reel the other on the butt of the rod. Instead of using just your arm and wrist.
If casting this way, pull down on the handle when you cast. The loaded rod with this help will cast a mile depending on what lure you are using. I’ve started trying to use it all time but still find myself slipping back to one arm casting. My friends out here at the lake will be celebrating as they say he might be a normal human after all.
Monday morning saw me on the lake. I was fishing a winter spot I like close to where my son-in-law John Blasingame, who runs Adventure Texoma Outdoors Striper Guide Service, keeps his boat. I had already caught two good keepers fishing a YUM Money Minnow on a 1/4 ounce Blakemore Roadrunner but the bite was slow.
I moved over to some rocks close enough to talk to John, who was getting his boat ready for a trip, when on my Cotton Cordell Jigging spoon I set the hook and got a five-plus smallmouth in the boat. I held it up and shouted, “See I can catch big fish too!”
Leaving Grandpappy I headed for Preston Rec. It was a might bumpy but not too bad. There was a boat there already. I did more piddling around until they went around the corner out of sight. I quickly grabbed my Spinning rod with a Blakemore Road Runner and a Finesse fish, sprayed them with YUM F2 and began fishing, moving it slowly back to the boat while keeping it in contact with the bottom, but nothing bit. My next cast was about five feet away from my first retrieve. It was also a wash out.
Still fishing slow, my next cast went into deeper water — about 30 feet. Halfway back I got a light tap, set the hook and put a big spotted bass in the boat. The next cast in the deeper water got me another good spot. It was getting rougher so I left and went to the house. I had caught five good fish.
Tuesday I started late as it was foggy early. I managed to catch two after the fog lifted. Wednesday I went again and I caught another big smallmouth at the same place I caught that one Monday on a Cotton Cordell 3/ 4 oz. jigging spoon.
I use YUM F2 Shad scent in winter on every bait I fish, including metal spoons. I caught two more in my 30-foot water and missed one until then I had caught every fish that bit. I headed to the house after three hours of fishing.
Cold weather, wind or other conditions that affect us don’t bother the fish. The water is dangerously cold now. Be careful and keep a change of dry clothes in the boat with towels, socks and shoes. Maybe even a fire starter to build you a shore fire.
Keep a bottle of water and a little small camp pan with your clothes. You can heat up the water and drink it to warm your innards. That, along with dry clothes, will warm you up. It makes the ride a lot more comfortable in warm, dry clothes as you run to shore after you get back in your boat. Keep the extra change of clothes in a water proof bag in a dry compartment.
Also put your cell phone in a freezer bag if you are going to keep it on you. Otherwise put it in your glove compartment. A wet phone isn’t much help. These tips can save your life.
As I was loading my boat Wednesday a deputy sheriff pulled down and we started talking. He said a couple of kayakers had flipped two ‘Yaks at the Lighthouse Marina. He said they were okay but the game warden was investigating it.
I’m done fishing this week with three trips in. Look for me in front of the fireplace maybe with a medical approved toddy now and then close by for the rest of the week.