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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.

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...

The scary truth about the increase in paddlesports related fatalities

Statistics from the United States Coast Guard are both disturbing and encouraging. Recent reports show paddlesports deaths are up. At the same time, the...

Jim Sammons Talks About His Biggest Fears On The Water

Jim Sammons is famous for many things (first billfish in a kayak, first to fish Hannibal Bank, Panama, 10-year host of Kayak Fishing Show)...

Bonafide Kayaks EX123 Fishing Kayak Review

I was enjoying the heat and wind at last year’s Paddlesports Retailer demo day when Bonafide president Luther Cifers tapped me on the shoulder....

Why You Need A Rudder, And Why You Don’t

Do I need a rudder? Seems like a simple question. But the answer involves engineering, ergonomics, mechanics and philosophy. Ask 10 anglers and you’ll...

Why You Need To Trade In Your Boat For A Kayak

Kayak anglers count our advantages over motorboats as easy maintenance, low cost, silent operation, indestructible materials and instant access. But the advantage usually ends...

Why Do We Like That Kayak Fishing Is Hard?

I’ve caught everything from red drum to bluefin tuna, but I haven’t spent much time bass fishing. When my buddy, Roland “Tex” Butler invited me...

Why Are Anglers Fishing With Larger Lures?

Everyone knows, the larger the lure the larger the catch. In the past few years, this rule has swirled out of control as anglers...

Boat Review: Old Town Canoe’s New Topwater PDL Angler Fishing Kayak

What would you do for a friend? Would you go against your nature? Would you embrace the other side? Would you trade your paddle for...

Fishing Kayak Rigging Essentials

Today, kayak anglers have a plethora of gear and accessories available to them. Adding rod holders, mounts, bases, crates, lights, power and other accessories is...