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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 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...

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...

Pelican Fishing Kayak Review: Catch 130 HyDryve

Like Forrest and Jenny, Joannie and Chachi or Fred and Ginger, it was only a matter of time before another match was made in...