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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.

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...

Fishing Kayak Review: Wilderness Systems Recon 120 HD

For many anglers, fishing is a mission. Preparing gear, loading the truck, strategizing a plan, launching the attack, adapting, defending, defeating and conquering another...

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...

Folding Kayak Review: Oru Inlet

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...

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...

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 Shearwater 125 Fishing Kayak Review

I first caught sight of Vibe’s Shearwater 125 with X-Drive at the last face-to-face ICAST tradeshow. At a three-o’clock meet and greet in the...

Fishing Kayak Review: Old Town Sportsman 106 Minn Kota

The Old Town Sportsman 106 powered by Minn Kota is only 10 feet, six inches long, but this little boat is a big deal...

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...

Inflatable Pedal Kayak Review: BOTE LONO Aero Apex

Like a scourge of locusts or a blood red sea, it seems like new anglers have taken over every fishing hole. Oh well, I...
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