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I am a disabled (use a wheelchair) wannabe Yak fisherman with loads of questions. This is my first post so here goes.
I want to be as independant as possible but I am worried about being able to load/unload on a roofrack and then being able to actually get to the water. In fact the more I think about it the more impossible it seems. Are there any of you guys in Melbourne who would let me hang around, watch ask questions and perhaps have a try?
 

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Welcome to the forum Ian and well done on considering yak fishing I cannot imagine the difficulties you have to meet in life and you have my admiration.

Some months ago billybob told of a bloke in similar circumstances, the link follows, and I would suggest if you PM Bill he may be able to put you in touch with his mate who would better be able to answer your questions re yak fishing being in the same situation

http://www.akff.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=755
 

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Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Welcome Ian.

Red and Dodge look to have done a great job getting you started.

Look forward to reading of your progress and seeing your fish pics.
 

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Red, awesome links you are a champion.
Agree with Scott's comments, to date I have regarded LizardWizard as a human google but you may have surpassed him with that effort, I'll ignite his performance after this one :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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G'day Ian,

Welcome aboard mate. Others have said it all before me with some outstanding links.

I am sure the Melbourne Crew will look after you
 

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If we could get two or three of the melb boys together,there has to be someone with two yaks.
Pop down near your way in the Werribee river and we could have a play to see how it goes, bloody cold though.

If we can't get a kind soul to help with a second yak perhaps i can try to get hold of a lender from somewhere :wink:

For the life of me i can't see a worry with paddling a yak , it's the on and off the car bit thats the conundrum, although a blow up yak may solve that one.
 

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Good on you Ian, I reckon you'll be able to work out a way to do it mate.

Just one thought I had that might make your life easier was that you could maybe get a very light trailer to put your kayak on.

That way it would be closer to the level you would be at naturally when you are in your chair. Could also add rollers to further assist if needed.

Would also mean that do similar to what boatey's do when they launch from boat ramps & drop the kayak right at the water's edge where you have car access.

Just a thought...hope you work something out that works for you. I'm sure some of the forum guys down at Melbourne would be happy to help out to get you started off.
 

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Thanks guys for the welcome and all the useful info. This is the most encouraged I have felt for ages.
My disability is Multiple Sclerosis and basically my right leg is useless. I can stand but cant walk.

Red, you must be an information junkie! I have emailed Janet Zeller and she tells me I need a friend both to help me and to go fishing with mainly for safety, me being disabled.
Michael and Richo, I had been in touch with Bill before I found AKFF and he gave me lots of useful information and told me about his mate Alex, who is a paraplegic thats what prompted me to keep going and not be too discouraged.

I am hoping the Melbourne guys will let me hang out, just to see if I can do it!

Thanks, I'm still dreamin.

Ian
 

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Thank thats exactly what I was wishing for. Its too bloody cold just now.
I would still like to catch up and just talk over the issues with some like minded souls and keep up my motivation levels. If you are ever anywhere near Werribee let me know. In the meantime bring on Summer.

Ian
 

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Ian , i reckon we can work something out in the next couple of weeks for a catch up. Once i get settled in my new job a bit.
 

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Red, I don't think I have that much ice in my freezer!
It does get cold up here though. The other day I got up and went outside to watch the sunrise from the veranda and thought "geez its cool, I might have to put a shirt on!" :lol:
 
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Welcome aboard Ian :)

Your in good hands with this bunch mate, I think its only a matter of time before the Melbourne crew have you out on the water, then you'll be hooked like the rest of us.

I'm very keen to hear how you get on and of any obstacles you encounter along the way and how you overcome them. The main reason for this is that my closest friend Mitch was diagnosed with MS about 12 months ago.

Mitch often comes out in my spare yak with me, and thankfully his MS has not affected him too much at this stage. Just some vision problems and stiffness/numbness in his joints on one side. But if he does start to have more problems in the future any tips I can pick up from your experiences Ian would be most welcome.

Theres no way I'm letting MS stop Mitch from getting out on the water either mate! :)
 
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