Darn!

Ken Jones

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#1
As some of you know I haven't been fishing much this year in part to a very sore shoulder and arm. Been in therapy and at times it appeared to be improving but I had setbacks (especially when I slipped and fell down in a bathtub in a motel). Last week when I went fishing in the Bay Area with Redfish I found I could still not cast my heavier rig and had to basically rely on my perch rig. I finally had an MRI Friday and today found out I have three major tears in the rotator cuff muscles and am probably headed to surgery and therapy afterwards. I am thinking this is not good news for my fishing. I don't swear but if I did...
 

Ken Jones

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#8
Depending upon what the doctor says, and the dates he may set if I need the operation, I may try to make a quickie trip to LA for a little fishing before I'm out of action. I basically cannot overhead cast at this time but I can still use my lighter tackle from the piers since I am underhand casting.
 

Red Fish

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#11
Well, it seemed like you are able to do the majority of fishing I have seen you doing before. As I was saying, the majority of halibut are relatively straight down anyway. I am not necessarily going after "14-footers" (as Rich used to put it) anymore myself.
 

Ken Jones

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#12
I can cast underhand, just not overhand and I don't think I have much problem with the light rods. Probably couldn't pull a big fish in but most shouldn't be a problem. If I do need the operation (and I think I do), all fishing will be over for about 3 months or at least that's what I am told.

As for the cart, no problems there. If somethings heavy I use my left arm.
 

Ken Jones

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#13
Good news! The MRI results were bad, complete tears on the two muscles behind the bone, a half tear on one muscle in front of the bone, and one muscle intact. I expected a recommendation for an operation and the doctor was set to recommend the same. However, she was very surprised with the mobility in my arm (which has shown great improvement since starting therapy) and she agreed with me that an operation might be futile. Given the age, the 50/50 nature of good results for the elderly in such operations, and my movement in the arm, it made sense not to do the operation. Since I did not look forward to having my arm immobilized for six months that was good news.

Assuming I do not do an operation, it probably means most overhand casting is out, especially with any heavier rigs, and little chance to catch that monster Alaska halibut I always wanted to catch. Or, for that matte,r possibly any really big fish (without some help). But I can still do my underhand casting on the piers so I look at that as a win.

Am hoping to journey down to LA sometime in September to test out my arm and the piers. I'll just bring along my pain medicine.
 
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As some of you know I haven't been fishing much this year in part to a very sore shoulder and arm. Been in therapy and at times it appeared to be improving but I had setbacks (especially when I slipped and fell down in a bathtub in a motel). Last week when I went fishing in the Bay Area with Redfish I found I could still not cast my heavier rig and had to basically rely on my perch rig. I finally had an MRI Friday and today found out I have three major tears in the rotator cuff muscles and am probably headed to surgery and therapy afterwards. I am thinking this is not good news for my fishing. I don't swear but if I did...
Wishing you a speedy recovery after your scheduled surgery. 👍