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  • #31
    We have the same type of fishing piers around here i Stuart and Jensen beach,we get a lot of snook and goliath grouper off of them , the only problem is the railing is about 6 or 8 inches too high. I had a meeting with the Martin County building inspector and the engineers about lowering just a few sections of the rail but they have never done anything about cutting them down.
    I drew them the plans on CAD program and even said that I would machine out the end caps for them but they have never responded back..
    the rails have to be so high that I have to hold my arm up and kind of cradle the top of the rail in my armpit to fish there.And I have bad shoulders from being in the chair for 29 years now that it kills me to fish there , but we do catch fish If I feel up to going..
    Crashbang , are you in Vero? I am right down the road in PSL..
    Gary
    Originally posted by Crashbang View Post
    monkster wrote:
    Plenty of accessible piers in Florida.

    Feast your eyes on this one in Vero Beach, FL:

    T-10 ,,1980,,

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    • #32
      The One That Got Away and Almost Killed Me

      The first time that I went bass fishing after my accident I was with my Uncle and hooked this monster bass on a 15 yard cast. I worked him in and anglers know that a long cast catch is the best. Just as I got him to the bank of a 2 ft drop off, he spit out my split-tail grub. Totally without thinking, I dropped my pole and dove down the bank and into the mud, attempting to trap the 5 pounder in my arms. The fish jumped once and I used my arms to go further toward the water in a frenzy. The fish got away and I realized quickly that I may be in trouble. The mud was deep and sticky, luckily the water was low or I would have instantly drowned. After about 30 minutes of tugging and falling, I finally made it out of the mud and on the bank again. When my Uncle returned and saw me a muddy mess and exhausted lying on my back, all he said was, did you let the fish get away? I will always appreciate him for that. I am now more apt to letem get away. Miss trudging through the woods to get to those prime spots but still love to angle.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by xtravla View Post
        ..Miss trudging through the woods to get to those prime spots but still love to angle.
        Amen to that....very well stated!

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        • #34
          Ditto!!

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          • #35
            Gary,
            I live in Pompano Beach and our pier rail height also is too high !!!

            Mike

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            • #36
              Originally posted by CapnGimp View Post
              There's an accessible fishing dock/pier down the road here on Cherokee Lake, pass it often and there has only been twice I have noticed a wc user there. It's in a good spot when the lake levels are not low due to drought.
              I have only fished once since injury, early on. It just doesn't seem the same when you aren't having to go thru heck to get to the 'good' spots.
              capn, I love trailer park boys. funniest show ever.

              okonee state park, is accessable. that is in table rock south carolina. there are other accessable places, but they are fishing from the shore, including some nicely maintained places near clemson university. they are maintained by the college as well. It would be great to have more.

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              • #37
                I promised myself I would fish more this spring and summer. Drinking isn't as satifying as it once was, I seem to be smiling more. It will be 3 years on the 26th, I may have to get moving and maybe live again. Maybe.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by scott 06 View Post
                  Does anybody from Iowa no of any fishing doc's or piers that are hc accessable. I'm in central Iowa and there is a nice pier at Otter Creek Park that is all cement in Tama County. Trying to find others to fish and I'm in a power chair. Thanks for any help.

                  http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/fishing/fishia2.html go here, then follow along to the handicap accessible places in each area of Iowa.
                  "What has happened, has happened; What I am going through, I shall rise above; And what will come, I will meet with courage"~Hazrat Inayat Kahn

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by amarillogal View Post
                    My husband pointed this article out to me from his Bass Master magazine. Blake Muhlenbruck of Naked Bait Co. in Colorado is organizing an auction to raise funds to build two accessible fishing docks in every state. Here's a link to the story to where you can find more information and nominate a lake in your area for an accessible dock: http://www.nakedbaitco.com/press.html

                    Blake is a friend of mine and a Friend to the Disability Community.
                    Thanks Blake
                    Jim

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by fishin'guy View Post
                      I must be very fortunate, within 45 minutes from home there is 3 lakes, and 3 saltwater piers available , I've caught fish from all 6 and squid from 3 of them 3 freshwater also gotten, trout, triploids, tiger muskie,bass, catfish, and working on gettin to the steelhead access.
                      WASHINGTON IS GREAT. also rainforest type camping
                      within 1 hour(6 spots)
                      What lakes and what saltwater piers? I'm doing an article on accessible fishing and would love to share these details! Please help.

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                      • #41
                        There are a couple of accessible docks on the Uncompahgre River here in Montrose, Colorado. One at River bottom park and the other at Pa-Co-Chu-Puc park on the way to Ridgeway, Colorado
                        Push me to the limit,
                        maybe I may bend,
                        but I will not be broken.
                        -Bonnie Raitt

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                        • #42
                          http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/openoutdoors/

                          For accessible cabins, fishing docks, free adaptable kayaks, cross country sitskis, beach wheelchairs and boat landings in the State Parks of Wisconsin. There are also links for applying for access to hunting areas by those who need to use a motor powered vehicle.
                          Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                          Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                          • #43
                            Oregon update -
                            Originally posted by webfoot View Post
                            Oregon has many accessible docks. Here is a link to a pretty good list of accessible docks in Oregon.
                            http://www.dfw.state.or.us/swwd/access.pdf
                            Previous link no longer active. New link below:

                            http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources...ocs/access.pdf

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                            • #44
                              The link above is broken. I think the site may be down.
                              It would be nice if someone would put together a list of accessible fishing docks in every state. I know it would be some work, but I think there's plenty of people that could benefit from it.

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                              • #45
                                I live near Durango Colorado and there are several places with accessible fishing docks. One is Andrews Lake near Molas Pass, I think there are two docks but maybe it's three. Then there is one on Haviland Lake but the sidewalk to it is almost too narrow to be considered accessible. Down in Northern New Mexico below Navajo Dam is the famed "Texas Hole" and it has 5 or maybe 6 wheelchair fishing docks, as well as close in disabled parking.
                                chair user since 2009 from a neurological disorder

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