Sorry to hear about your multiple surgeries and the challenges that came about with it. Question. Have you used a kayak since your last surgery? Can your body handle the rigors of kayaking along with bass fishing out of one?
That's a good question! I know that many folks here have mentioned having back issues here in the past. There's been whole discussions about it. I've had one surgery, but guess I've been fortunate, as it didn't limit me a lot. However, I'm tall & not comfortable if I have to sit too low. I even added pedestals to the seats on my Gheenoe to enable getting my butt up higher. If I have to sit with my knees up, my back kills me after a short time.
RC, how about moving a kayak around? My Gheenoe is much heavier than most yaks, since it's fiberglass, and I've added various things to it that increased the weight, like swivel seats & the pedestals I mentioned. It has front & back anchors too, which I have to remove prior to handling it. I can move it around in the bed of my truck, but no way I could carry it, as it's way too heavy. Will you be able to handle moving a yak around?
I used to have a belly boat, but gave up on using them. I liked it, but it limited how much I could carry, and now, with gators in our waters, no way I would risk that!
That was a lighter option, and easily carried & moved, but it had it's down side too.
I guess we're getting off the original topic here, but these are all things that you may have to think about eventually. All the gear in the world isn't of much use if you can't safely get on the water with it.