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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.

Top 6 Hardbaits Both Anglers And Fish Dream Of

The best thing about editing a fishing magazine is four times a year I get to write the tackle column on gear I dream of...

How Kayak Fishing Sets You Free

It hit me as I was paddling three miles across Magothy Bay. With each turn of the blades pulling my kayak through emerald water...

Tournament champ and industry icon Drew Gregory on being Drew Gregory

When I first met Drew Gregory, I thought he was a jerk. The new kid on the block was a...

6 Best Gear Bags For Kayak Fishing

“Are you going fishing?” my neighbor leaned over the fence and asked. Standing in a pile of gear with my kayak half on the...

How the growth of kayak fishing could have a negative impact

The only way to access my favorite fishing hole was down the worst kayak launch in town. Tucked in the back of a sleepy...

This one design factor makes the fastest kayaks

Jeff Little was thinking about how design features affect motor performance. “When I think too hard about something, I have to write it down,”...

How to fix a hole in your fishing kayak

Uh oh, there’s a hole in your kayak. If it’s rotomolded plastic, the fix is easy. Polyethylene melts at a relatively low temperature, making...

How Standup Rigging Will Help You Catch More Muskie

Muskie fishing is called the sport of a thousand casts because it takes a thousand casts to cross a hungry...

How To Keep Your Fishing Lures From Rusting

Some people say fishing is nothing more than throwing money into the water. Launching an expensive lure into a tree...

Why You Want A Tandem Fishing Kayak

“I’m going to get a tandem fishing kayak and fish with my girlfriend,” a guy at the grocery store told...