Ric Burnley
NRS had new kayak fishing gear on display at OR.

NRS has brought even more great gear for kayak anglers for 2017. We checked out the highlights at OR 2016. Our favorite addition is NRS new Ambush Tackle Bag. Thinking outside the box, NRS made with a vinyl outer to be waterproof. The waterproof zipper opens with one hand and the bag secures to the kayak with four D-rings. Three rod vertical rod holders keep sticks high and dry. A pocket in the front is easy to reach. The top opens to reveal a spacious area that holds a half dozen tackle trays and removable and customizable dividers. The soft outer is supported by rigid inserts. I like the carry handle that makes it easy to transport the Ambush from the kayak to the car to the garage for easy loading.

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We also loved the new Varial sunshirt. I’ve been wearing sunshirts with a hood and a neck gator for over a year. Now, the Varial makes it possible to combine the hood and the integrated neck gator in one shirt. The material is lighter than rashguard and UPF 50 and breathable. It has a loose fit and dries quickly. I really dig the digital camo.

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Ric Burnley
“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.

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