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Old 01-22-2019, 10:20 PM
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Would like to get some feedback/advice. After ~6-8 hours on the water...20ft CC, moderate seas, saltwater trolling, sun etc. Note, I often fish solo. After I clean the boat and fish, Iím beat to hell for the next 24-36hrs... Iím in decent shape @55yrs. Exercise 3x a week. Iím not a jock, but Iím no slouch either. No ailments. Donít booze/drugs. What gives?

Iíve concluding that after I take my boat out, the following day Iím going to pay the price. Itís especially hard if I work the next day? Is this just me, or do others experience this? Note: Itís totally worth the pain, but whoa!!!

Any advice for a sore fisherman? LoL.



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Old 01-22-2019, 10:33 PM
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You need a bigger boat!
Maybe add a anti-fatigue mat at the console
More comfortable shoes
Better seat w/ support

Or, go fishing on calmer days.....

All of that said, I'm a year older than you. Like you, I go fishing when time permits, not the weather. I've definitely had days where I've paid the price physically. Aleve and a couple bourbons help!
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
You need a bigger boat!
Maybe add a anti-fatigue mat at the console
More comfortable shoes
Better seat w/ support

Or, go fishing on calmer days.....

All of that said, I'm a year older than you. Like you, I go fishing when time permits, not the weather. I've definitely had days where I've paid the price physically. Aleve and a couple bourbons help!
Bourbons plural, yes!!! Thanks for the tips. I had a feeling a larger boat would completely ďsolveĒ my woes; exactly my thoughts. Iím still working on this angle with my wife...
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by tcesar View Post
Hey everyone!

~6-8 hours on the water...20ft CC, moderate seas, saltwater trolling, sun etc. Note, I often fish solo. After I clean the boat and fish, Iím beat to hell for the next 24-36hrs...
Any advice for a sore fisherman? LoL.
Spend less time on the water, and avoid "moderate" seas. Just a heads up, I'll be 70 this year and do the same type of fishing. I also hit the gym 3x per week and am at my slender High School weight. Never smoked, don't drink much. Over the years, I have become more selective on the days I go out. I consider it a choice of quality time over quantity time, and I really don't care if my catch is less. Live near the inlet, and I'll spend 2-3 hrs outside. Some trolling, some drifting, some run and gun. Feel fine the next day.
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jkcam View Post
Spend less time on the water, and avoid "moderate" seas. Just a heads up, I'll be 70 this year and do the same type of fishing. I also hit the gym 3x per week and am at my slender High School weight. Never smoked, don't drink much. Over the years, I have become more selective on the days I go out. I consider it a choice of quality time over quantity time, and I really don't care if my catch is less. Live near the inlet, and I'll spend 2-3 hrs outside. Some trolling, some drifting, some run and gun. Feel fine the next day.
Great advice, thanks. Time management might help (less hrs). Iíll put that down. Mahalo!
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:17 AM
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A bigger express boat with deeper V and perhaps quieter motors would help with less- impact & being pushed around and less wx exposure. Your body has to do a lot more work in a smaller CC.
If you don't have auto-pilot, you would be surprised how letting an A/P make all those 1000's of minute course corrections can reduce fatigue by the end of a fishing excursion. It's a huge asset.
I'm a lot older than you but it sounds like you are more tired than I after a long day "hunting". I do go out on a lot of "sporty" days.
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:54 AM
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I am burnt after a day out, I find it is brought on by sun glare so I wear the best sun glasses and get a bit of shade while drifting.
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Many days I leave the dock at 7, fish all day, return at 3, clean the boat, filet the fish, clean the cast net, shower and have dinner. Absolutely exhausted but it's a good exhaustion. Enjoy it while you can do it. Someday you'll wish you can do it.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:13 AM
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Got an autopilot? If not, it helps relieve some of the stress.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by tcesar View Post
Hey everyone!

Would like to get some feedback/advice. After ~6-8 hours on the water...20ft CC, moderate seas, saltwater trolling, sun etc. Note, I often fish solo. After I clean the boat and fish, Iím beat to hell for the next 24-36hrs... Iím in decent shape @55yrs. Exercise 3x a week. Iím not a jock, but Iím no slouch either. No ailments. Donít booze/drugs. What gives?

Iíve concluding that after I take my boat out, the following day Iím going to pay the price. Itís especially hard if I work the next day? Is this just me, or do others experience this? Note: Itís totally worth the pain, but whoa!!!

Any advice for a sore fisherman? LoL.
I'm in the same boat. Leave at 4 AM, get back at 4 PM done cleaning by 6 PM, worn out for the next 24 hours.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:26 AM
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If it's anything back related it could be your hamstrings.I stretch the hell out of mine before, during and after any sort of boating or fishing.Seems to help with fatigue as well.
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Fishing solo may also contribute to your fatigue. Having to do everything by yourself without any help.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:59 AM
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As others had said anti fatigue mat, a good pair of shoes, and in any area where you aren't absorbing the seas with your knees be mindful to sit on your leaning post.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:01 AM
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Fishing solo may also contribute to your fatigue. Having to do everything by yourself without any help.
So true. I used to fish with a good friend that was very capable and we had our routines down pat. Now I'm fishing with some great guys but they
are nowhere near as capable and I do nearly everything. Makes for a long hard day.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:15 AM
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You are not alone. I am also quite fit and healthy but pushing towards 70 now. The combination of wind, sun, noise, and the thousands of small movements you make to hold steady for hours on a small center console in rough water is very tiring. My life changed when I switched to an express style boat with an enclosed helm area and comfortable seating after I turned 60. You don't need a 61 Viking, even a 25 Carolina Classic would leave you feeling much more relaxed and rested. Who knows, your wife might even want to go with you.
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Funny thread, it's so true.

Spent my 30's, 40's fishing out of Port Canaveral. Started yellowfin tuna fishing "back in the day". We would fish the other side two to three times a month during season and think nothing of it!

Now in my 50's we own a waterfront house on the West coast (Madeira Beach) and that changed my fishing habits to the point where I am actually going to sell my heavy offshore gear!

I can leave my dock at the crack of eight, be at my spots by 9-9:30 and have a mixed box of groupers, grunts and porgies and be heading back by 1:30-2.

If it is forecast to be over three foot seas I will call the day off and stay home.

Thats the the beauty of fishing Florida, you can pick your days.

All of the suggestions on making your trip more comfortable are valid ones but until you discover the fountain of youth I am afraid you will have to deal with the fact that we are getting old and just don't recover like we used to!



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The boat has a lot to do with it. My Bertram wore me out . The sharp roll was like 6 hours at the gym on a balance ball. My Fountain also did but it was from having 40 MPH + wind in my face. I have a Downeaster now and I can put in a full 8 hours back to back . Then back to work on Monday with no issues. The boat is 90% of the fatigue factor.
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Maybe start drinking and smoking?
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I will agree that the boat is 90% of the fatigue but the sun, wind, rocking, etc take a toll also. There's a huge difference in how you will feel in a quality 25-28' boat versus a 20 footer. The bigger you go in theory the more comfortable you should be on the ride out and in. That doesn't mean that while anchored or drifting that the bigger boat will make a difference. The deadrise on most quality offshore rigs is going to cause them to "roll" pretty good in the ocean which means you're constantly fighting to keep your balance while fishing. I would say this is as taxing on the body as the ride is.
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