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Ric Burnley

Ric Burnley
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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.

Best Fishing Kayaks For 2021

Let’s make one thing clear, there is no such thing as a “bad” fishing kayak. After 15 years testing hundreds of kayaks, the editors...

The Latest And Greatest: Best Kayak Fishing Gear From ICAST 2020

Not even a pandemic virus can stop fishing tackle innovation. Last week, the biggest brands in the fishing industry had their latest and greatest...

Foam vs. Hybrid vs. Inflatable—Which Type Of PFD Is Best For...

It’s official, life vests are cool. I hear anglers chiding each other at the launch ramp for not wearing a PFD. “Dumbass,” I heard...

Native Slayer XC Fishing Kayak Review

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Hobie MirageDrive 360 Pedal-Drive System

The MirageDrive came first, a revolutionary pedal and fin system capable of propelling a rotomolded kayak fast and easy. Genius. Then the MirageDrive 180,...

BOTE LONO Aero Inflatable Fishing Kayak Review

When the cable guy walked into my backyard, the first thing he said was, “Dude, you’ve got a boat!” I thought he was talking...

6 tools for successfully landing your fish

A whole day of fishing comes down to just a few seconds. Your trophy catch is between the water and the kayak. Time to...

6 finesse lures that are deadly in the right hands

Buzzbaits, topwater poppers and slash baits are called reaction baits. Cast them out, reel them in and the lure does the work. But there’s...

Complete guide to buying or selling a used fishing kayak

Type the word “kayak” into the search bar in any online marketplace and dozens of plastic boats pop up on the screen. A few...

The most valuable fish in America is inedible to humans and...

The most valuable fish in America is inedible to humans and impossible to catch with hook and line. However, the battle over menhaden management...