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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 3 Options For Mounting Accessories On Your Fishing Kayak

A new fishing kayak is like a blank canvas, ready to paint with a personal touch. Modern boats are outfitted with gear tracks, mounting...

3 Combos To Cover All The Bases

When I’m fishing new water, a lake I’ve never seen before, I choose lures to search for possibilities. I explore every fishy spot, working...

Eddyline Kayaks Caribbean 12FS Fishing Kayak Review

Appomattox River Company manager, Brian Vincent, and I have a lot in common. We’re both in the paddlesports business, passionate paddle anglers and busy...

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Fishing Kayak Review

When I first started kayak fishing, we had two choices for performance kayaks: the Ocean Kayak Prowler 15 and the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160....

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Hybrid Review

Behind my house, a weed-choked ditch leads to an overgrown canal dumping into a small bass pond. On weekday evenings, or windy weekend mornings,...

Rod storage to keep your sticks safe at home and on...

Snap! The sickening sound of my favorite fishing rod turning into two worthless sticks. Fishing rods are one of the most expensive and least...

16-year-old Colby Blackwell releases 250-pound Pacific blue marlin

Sixteen-year-old, Birmingham, Alabama angler, Colby Blackwell set the kayak fishing world on its ear last year when he released a Pacific blue marlin estimated...

The best way to stay warm and dry just got hotter

Ten years ago, on a snowy January day, I stood up in my kayak, adjusted my drysuit and jumped into the water. The stunt...

Motorboaters and kayak anglers fight it out on and off the...

I was fishing with my kayak positioned tight to a bridge piling when a guy on a Jet Ski, swerving in and out of...

Are you an idiot, or just an angler?

I texted my fishing buddy “I would be an idiot to go tarpon fishing”. We were kicking around the fishing possibilities for a rare...