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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.

Ultimate Rigging Guide For Sit-Inside Fishing

For Bonafide Kayaks pro staffer Trevor Soety, a sit-inside kayak is perfect for pond hopping the neighborhoods around Orlando, Florida. “There are tons of...

Oru Inlet Folding Kayak Review

If I told you my fishing kayak weighs 20 pounds, is only nine feet, eight inches long and has a 275-pound capacity, you would...

Angler Avoids Disaster After Sailfish Spears His Kayak

Owner and operator at Deep Blue Kayak Fishing, pro guide Eric McDonald has landed over 250 billfish for himself and clients. But it only...

24 Steps To Kayak Fishing Mastery

My parents have a faded Polaroid of me, at two years old, holding my first catch. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t...

6 Top Fishing Tools Of The Trade

My kayak is littered with fishing tools. I keep a pair of scissors and a pair of pliers on the front of my gear...

Ultimate Rigging Guide For Fishing Open Water

Chris Castro fishes the wild waters off Corpus Christi, Texas for king mackerel, cobia, jacks and other sea monsters. A typical day starts with...

Vibe Cubera 120 Hybrid Fishing SUP Review

There is a secret fishing hole 100 yards from the small parking lot for my community library. The launch requires carting my kayak across...

Kayak Propulsion Is Always Pushing Forward

On an otherwise normal Tuesday, I received an email from an irate reader. Another peaceful paddler pushed to the edge of patience by the...

Ultimate Rigging Guide For Backwater Fishing

Sneaking into shallow, tight and isolated fishing holes is a kayak specialty. For anglers plying the marshy creeks along the coast or skinny corners...

5 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your First Kayak

The biggest mistake many beginning kayakers make is buying a beginner kayak. Jumping into the cheapest and simplest boat just to see if you’ll...