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Recently i switched to longer spinning rods with heavier line. My success in fishing has been way off since i switched. My back is giving me a lot of trouble too. I need to give up the 7' & 6'6" rods and go back to the 5' & 5'5" rods with 6lb & 8lb test again to save my back too. I missed a lot of fishing lastyear because of my back problems after just a few casts. It hurts so bad i can just about make it to the car to leave. I'm lucky to make 10 casts before the pain starts.

I would normally fish my favorite spots and make around 1,000 casts per trip if not more using all my baits and practicing my lure presentations if its slow.

I haven't used livebait in many years but i think its time to just sit with livebait and read a book or something.

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sorry about your troubles.  hope everything works out.  i think live bait is a great idea. :)

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Dang Bill sorry to hear about your back, as I can relate, I have a curved and twisted spine, and am almost in constant pain..I work in construction and that doesn't help either..Have you tried strechting ect..? i know it helps me some.

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Maybe using the light tackle and a sidearm cast using just your wrist would give you more time on the water.  Maybe one of the newer lightweight rods would help as well.  Then again, live bait does catch fish.  Good luck.

PS Don't know what kind of back trouble you have but my lower back and legs were giving me fits from walking on concrete floors at work.  I went to a podiatrist, he made some inserts for my shoes, and it is 200% better.

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I agree with clipper, the inserts that they make can make a huge difference when it comes to back pain. I am a runner, and many people with difficulties in thier back, legs, and other things say that the orthodics work wonders.

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Heres another vote for orthotics.  I blew out my L4 and L5 in my early twentys, fixed it mostly with physical therepy, but it still bugs me alittle.  Since I add the inserts to my work boots though, the pain is much more managable.  I hope you can find some relief, I certainly wouldnt even wish back pain on my worst enemy.

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I had a stress fracture in my spine during high school from running.  After I graduated college I went into construction for awhile while keeping my eyes open for another job.  I started having really bad back pain at 23 years old.  I tried making an effort to only lift with my legs.  I got inserts for my boots and  stopped sitting on my wallet while driving in my car which I think helped quite a bit.  

Good luck with the live bait!

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I had a stress fracture in my spine during high school from running. After I graduated college I went into construction for awhile while keeping my eyes open for another job. I started having really bad back pain at 23 years old. I tried making an effort to only lift with my legs. I got inserts for my boots and stopped sitting on my wallet while driving in my car which I think helped quite a bit.

Good luck with the live bait!

Great thought on the wallet.  Little things can make big differences.

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Hey bigbill, sorry to hear about your problems! My problem is arthritis and "fishing elbow" which also comes with aging. This is why I focus more on offshore structure fishing these days, with finesse type presentations. You might want to try drop shotting, tubes and slip float presentations (with wacky rigged Senkos....dynomite!).

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I have back trouble also. I can't stand for more than 10 minutes.

I alternate between casting and spinning. Slow fishing with plastics on spinning gear like Senkos and worms gets me recharged a bit.

Live bait and a beer always an option. No one will think you aren't "macho" for using live bait (unless you're one of those short guys from an earlier thread) ;D ;D.

Good luck to you and don't give up. Where there's a bass, there's a way!

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If your back is that bad, maybe it's time to see a Doctor. It's possible there is a problem that Physical Therapy can help.

Falcon

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This thread caught my eye because I too have back pain while fishing standing up.  When I am sitting in a boat I am fine for the whole day.  I can also play baseball with my kids outside all day long and not have one ouce of back pain.  But for some reason when I am fishing from the bank standing up my back starts to hurt something awful!  I have to find a spot and sit for awhile.  When this happens I usually put on a Senko style worm wacky style and fish it real slow.  But what I don't understand is I only have this back pain while I am fishing standing up.  I have tried switching positions and standing differently but nothing seems to help.  I have to literally sit down cross-legged or put my arms behind me and lean back for the pain to let up.  If anyone has any idea why that happens and a possible way to correct it I would be very grateful.  (Don't mean to hijack the thread.) :o

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I'm sorry to hear about your back trouble.  There isn't anything worse than back pain.

In addition to live bait, you might try trolling.  That in-and-of itself can be refined into a fine art.

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I have a buldged disc in my lower back that gave me a lot of trouble for a couple years.  My brother suggested an inversion table (google it, I know it sounds wierd) and it has gotten rid of about 90% of my pain.  It cost about $200 bucks and it was one of the best purchases of my life.  I wouldnt recomend it for anything other than a bulged or slipped disc.  The principal is that it stretches the tendons that hold your vertebre together and lets the buldged disc recede back to where it should be and off the nerve.  Work your way up to a complete inversion (upside down) and do that 5 minutes a night...wow it is just amazing how much it has helped.

It also REALLY helps when you are working in the garage and you pick something up wrong and you feel that re-injury happen again...I go straight in and invert.  Feels wierd, kinda hurts a little as you ease into it but then instead of spending the next day in pain...its like it never happened.

I could go on and on but for some back injuries it is like a miracle.  I have been to chiropractors, orthepedic surgeon and I was amazed nobody mentioned this wonderful device.  

Look into it if you have a buldged disc.  I wouldnt live life without one.

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Coincidence? Maybe. This ad was in the column to the left of this thread.

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/?source=WestCoastDisplay

As was this.

http://www.contourliving.com/c-28-inversion-therapy.aspx

There was also a google search on spine issues.  Wonder if that column takes key words in a thread, or topics and places the search and/or ads there.

I'll have to pay attention.

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Coincidence? Maybe. This ad was in the column to the left of this thread.

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/?source=WestCoastDisplay

As was this.

http://www.contourliving.com/c-28-inversion-therapy.aspx

There was also a google search on spine issues. Wonder if that column takes key words in a thread, or topics and places the search and/or ads there.

I'll have to pay attention.

Its no coincidence...its a fact.  Google does that with gmail and they are going to start doing it with your browsing history (there will be a permanant opt out for the browsing history thing.

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Coincidence? Maybe. This ad was in the column to the left of this thread.

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/?source=WestCoastDisplay

As was this.

http://www.contourliving.com/c-28-inversion-therapy.aspx

There was also a google search on spine issues. Wonder if that column takes key words in a thread, or topics and places the search and/or ads there.

I'll have to pay attention.

Its no coincidence...its a fact. Google does that with gmail and they are going to start doing it with your browsing history (there will be a permanant opt out for the browsing history thing.

Interesting.  

Thanks.

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