Putting a Face to Patrick Briney, the First Kayak Angler to Succumb to a Shark Bite
By Paul Lebowitz
Hawaii News Now tracked down shark attack victim Patrick A. Briney’s brother Bill, who is painting a picture of an avid angler and free spirit who loved the water. Someone we’d all understand, who we’d trade fish stories with over a cup of coffee or a brew. One of us, although he was new to the world of kayak fishing.
Bill Briney told HHN that Patrick’s fateful kayak fishing trip off Maui was one of his first. “He’s a good fisherman. Just about every place we go, we go fishing,” Bill said.
Patrick’s home town of Stevenson, Washington sits on the Columbia River. It’s a popular kayak fishing area. Perhaps that’s where he first caught wind of the sport.
It didn’t take long for word of Patrick Briney’s death to reach Northwest Kayak Anglers, the region’s main kayak fishing community. Forum members recognized him as an active participant of iFish.net who loved to fish the Cowlitz, Klickitat, Wind, Skokomish, and Kalama rivers.
Patrick, 57, was a retired Boeing engineer, a pilot, and an outdoorsman. He should be remembered for more than the way he met his untimely end.