One of the fun things you get to do when hosting your very own outdoor blog is test stuff out. I am constantly scouring the Internet to try and find the neatest things that might be able to help someone get back into the field or on the water. Last fall, I ran across a unique concept and wanted to try it out from a handicapped/disabled perspective. The results have been amazing!
It's a simple design and can be configured for either the right or left hand. It also is made to fit any style rod whether baitcasting or spinning. In fact, I was using it completely backwards to the instructions at one point this spring just because it felt better to me.
What's the advantage? I thought you'd never ask. I was able to do something with this little addition to my rod that I haven't been able to do in many years. After setting the hook, I was able to bring the rod tip to a 12 o'clock position...repeatedly.
|Courtesy of Stephen Walcott|
The rod tip being up also helps fight a fish that decides to run directly at you. By bringing the rod tip to the 12 o'clock position, you can chew up precious feet of line to keep a fish on that might shake loose if your rod is pointing at the horizon.
Frankly, this position has become increasingly more difficult for me to achieve due to muscle loss over the years. However, this spring, the Fishing Arm Anchor enabled me to produce glorious hook sets and achieve this coveted rod position. I even had one fish do the nasty move of running toward me. For the first time in many years, I caught myself naturally bringing the rod tip up, negating the fishes surge and keeping him firmly on the line.
On a different note, I want to give a great big shout out to two new sponsors. BassPro Shops and Long Range Alley have graciously partnered with Handicapped Outdoors and are aiding the cause of getting the handicapped and disabled back into the field and on the water! Thanks a ton for your support!