As some of you already know, I had ankle reconstruction surgery 6 weeks back. During this time I have been non-weight bearing and have been using either crutches or a wheel chair, which in itself is a real pain in the backside. During this time, due to getting cabin fever, I made several attempts to try and get some fishing in. I was really surprised to discover just how few wheel chair accessible fishing spots there are here in California. While I did find some ADA, American Disability Act, approved fishing spots it sure seemed to me that the ramps leading down to the actual fishing spots were pretty steep.
Another thing I also found was that some people can be very inconsiderate. I went to this one place that had a dock that was made for handicap people, yes it was clearly marked, and there were people fishing off of it that would not make any room for a person in a wheel chair. As I started down the ramp they continued to have all of their stuff scattered all over the dock and between 3 of them they had 6 rods out, spaced so there was no room for me to even attempt to wet a line. I asked politely if they could free up a little room for me to fish, “We were here first” was their reply. None of these people were in a wheel chair or appeared to be handicap in any way, except maybe mentally. Their statement took me by surprise and really upset me. If I could have stood up I would have thrown each of them off of the dock into the water. At another lake I went to that had a handicap dock and the ramp was not to steep, I had a similar experience.
As of this writing my cast comes off in less than 48 hours and while I’ll be wearing a walking boot for a little while, I wont be wheel chair bound so I should be able to fish again even though I’ll have slight restrictions for awhile.
Anyhow, this non-weight bearing, stuck in a wheel chair thing really got me to thinking that there really needs to be more facilities that are wheel chair friendly that would enable a person who is handicap to be able to not only wet a line but to be able to catch some fish. I realize that the water level fluctuates in a lot of the lakes out here in California so therefore a permanent type dock wouldn’t really work. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no issues with anyone using the dock to fish off of but I do feel that there should be some laws or at least rules in place that if a non handicap person is fishing on a handicap access dock, if a handicap person shows up wanting to fish the non handicap person would be required to free up at least a little room for the handicap person to be able to fish.
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