When you became a wheelchair user, did you give up on hobbies such as hunting or fishing? In the accessibility industry, we have worked with many wheelchair users who believed activities such as fishing were now impossible. It’s true that you may not be able to reel in the fish in the same way that you did growing up, but we’re here today to encourage you to get back on the lake and tackle your obstacles. Here are 6 items you may need to get started:
For most states throughout the nation, those with disabilities can apply for an annual resident disabled fishing license. You can find your state’s disabled fishing license application here: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/fishing/disabled-fishing-licenses/
Depending on your upper body strength, you may enjoy this hands-free power caster which is push-button controlled to cast your line and reel in!
You may simply need a sturdy fishing pole holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair or lawn chair.
For added support when holding your fishing pole, try the Strong Arm.
If reeling in the big catch is a tough task, check out the Elec-tra-mate Reel. This product allows you to still set the drag, play the fish and feel the fight, but with a little help!
Getting your wheelchair to the lake may also be a problem. The portable wheelchair ramp can help you load your wheelchair into most vans and SUVs and then, help you out of the vehicle and well on your way to the pier or pontoon boat.
For those who don’t have access to a pontoon boat, just head out to the public lake with access pier. Most public piers are now required to be ADA compliant with 8 feet of width to safely maneuver your wheelchair.
If you have any questions about how to use your portable wheelchair ramp from EZ-ACCESS or other product that may help you get out and enjoy the outdoors more, contact EZ-ACCESS today!