Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by richardblufin, Feb 7, 2017.
Richard, like everything else it is a matter of personal comfort/preference. Just go to Home Depot or Lowes and see their selection and what works best for you. Large variety of knee pads. Or you can opt for a knee pad similar to what is worn by wrestlers and volleyball players; they have an elasticized sleeve you have to pull up your leg. Not convenient for taking on and off.
been wearing them for years. Comfortable, durable, washable and made in America.
I like the McDavid found at sporting good stores, neoprene type.
I bought some at Depot when I fish started this rail stuff and found I didn't need them. Here are some to take notes from!
I know I'm unique in the fact I tuck my rod butt under my right arm. I cannot do the left arm, it sucks for me to try that.
Kinda like being goofy foot or regular I suppose.
Reaching clear across my body to reel doesn't work for me either, so I guess that I'm unique too, or maybe its "goofy armed".
I agree 100%. Fourth pair I've tried, best by far. Lightest, most comfortable, and very effective on a rough deck.
I do the same...but I always knew that I was goofy.
We have a saying in the survey world.... "knee pads are for".......well never mind..
Are f...ing kidding me. Knee pads!
We ALL knew that
Well, this from a guy who used to not wear em, got a staph infection in my knee while fighting a fish, and almost had to be airlifted off the boat.
Make all the jokes you want, I was in really bad shape.
You have to reach across your body one way or another. My rod butt goes under the left armpit and I find it easier that way for palming the spool for a little extra drag.
The only time I am on my knees is when the fish is on a run and I want to lay the rod straight up on the rail. Knees do not hurt but my dignity get hurt occasionally when I rip my pants.
Alright, here is a visual for you. I am taller than most, so I found that the rail on the Intrepid is the perfect height for me. I stick the rod butt between my legs and ride it, being very mindful of what might be crushed. Can put a lot of pressure on the fish that way.
I have a pair of Mizuno volleyball kneepads I wear; Elite 9 SL2 ($20). They have worked great for over 15 years and dozens of trips. Not too tight, articulates well and very comfortable for me. It could be different for you depending on your knee size and ergonomics. I am relatively nimble for my size so I can drop down or up quickly if needed and not worry about banging up my knees. Volleyball pads also protect the side of your knee. I wear them under light pants with duct tape on the pad faces to reduce water absorption. It is a boat, so everything gets wet eventually. Mizuno and others make many different styles and grades of volleyball knee pads so there are many options available. Try them on before you buy!
- Jeff Burroughs
Totally agree!! Hope all is well with you my friend.
Great topic, I was going to ask about knee pads. I'm also going on my first 17 day, the only chance I've had to rail fish was last august at the lupe. I'm 6'5" and tried both armpits, sitting on the rod and didn't really find a comfortable position. I ended up just using my rod belt standing up until right before gaff I'd put it on the rail. These fish were 70-110lbs, I'm pretty sure that won't work down below on the larger models, any thoughts?
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