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I used to be a big fan of In-Fisherman before realizing more than half the magazine is a marketing gimmick for one lure or another. So although I can't speak for the best, I would advise against In-Fisherman. Although there is some good information within, it is not worth the headache of filtering through the trash.

 

Fishing magazine specializing in any type of fish (bass?) or just a general fishing magazine?

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I used to be a big fan of In-Fisherman before realizing more than half the magazine is a marketing gimmick for one lure or another. So although I can't speak for the best, I would advise against In-Fisherman. Although there is some good information within, it is not worth the headache of filtering through the trash.

 

Fishing magazine specializing in any type of fish (bass?) or just a general fishing magazine?

 

General, or bass. I like all kinds of freshwater fishing.

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Haven't read it in years and I'm not sure if it's even in publication anymore, but Fishing Facts was hands down the most informative magazine on the subject.  If it isn't produced anymore it's likely because the writers weren't into marketing specific products.  Most of the articles I remember were subject specific and rarely mentioned specific brands. 

There is so much information, both written and on video, on the internet that magazines haven't gotten much attention from me.

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I enjoy Bassmaster the most, followed by FLW Bass Fishing.

Count me in here too!

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Bassmaster is the only one I'm subscribed to, as a matter of fact I just finished reading the March issue .

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I really like In Fisherman and FLW.

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Back in the 80's In-Fisherman was thicker than a BPS spring catalog and the articles were so detailed they ran a dozen pages of real text.  Nothing new comes close.  I'd say your better off getting into the articles section of this site, you'll definitely get more than any magazine.  Also look for ***s articles on the web.

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I like FLW....quit subscribing to BASS when they took the am's out of the back of the boats.  Not that they haven't done good for the sport but "just sayin"

Tight LInes

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Florida Sportsman. Not exclusively fishing or freshwater fishing for that matter, but I love it. I kept my subscription active when we moved to Wichita. Keeps me in the loop at home. :wink2:

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I miss the old days of In-fisherman magazine, when the Lindners ran it.   I miss the older days of Fishing Facts magazine.  In my 20's I learned alot from that magazine, even though, as I recall, it was very Illinois/Wisconsin oriented and I  had to translate many of their articles into stluff that might work for bank fishing.

 

I still subscribe to In-fisherman & Bassmaster, I think for reasons of inertia rather than anything else.

While I would like for the magazines to have more content, I've got to say I like the ads.  I don't know an easier way to find out what is new and interesting in the marketplace.

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BAM. No other publication comes close. 

Just wish they did a better job proofreading for simple grammatical errors. Otherwise I'd have to agree.

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Just wish they did a better job proofreading for simple grammatical errors. Otherwise I'd have to agree.

 

That's actually the reason I declined to renew my subscription last month. The information was solid but I was cringing every time I read a page.

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Bassmaster

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I'll have to say Bassmaster. FLW is a well put together magazine but I like some of the monthly columns that they run in bassmaster better. They both could be better in a lot of ways but they are pretty good.

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I think it's sad the way some really fine magazines have declined, even disappeared over the years. Fishing Facts was one of my all time favorites. I know it's still out there, but you can't even buy it in my neck of the woods. I have some old Bassmaster mags. that are a half inch thick. Now they aren't much more than a pamphlet. We used to have a magazine, Ohio Fisherman. It is no more. I know you can find more info on line these days, but there was just something magic about having a magazine in your hands at the end of a hard day, and drooling over the articles, even the adds.

I guess this is just an old timer mourning the loss of the good old days.....lol

Hootie

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Speaking from personal experience, it is tough to keep a magazine profitable now. Notice how there is very little advertising from tackle and boat manufacturers in magazines? Except the ones with sponsorship agreements?

It takes about 50-60 % of ad pages in each issue to break even. (Wasn't that high before.) Advertisers in the outdoor field pay far less per thousand circulation than other industries, but still buy less print ads.

And the larger companies have their own TV shows and websites. And even the smaller companies are now content providers on their websites. They've taken over the role of magazines. Of course, the pro staffs are required to generate free publicity through columns, interviews, appearances, etc.

Their content needs a good editor/curator however. Ok, getting off soap box now. Sorry.

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Being a life B.A.S.S. charter member I ger Bassmaster and enjoy reading it. B.A.S.S. has gone through a few ownerships and honored the life memberships. In-Fisherman I was a charter and life member and they dropped both memberships with change of ownership, no longer read it.

Bass Angler is a site sponsor and look at it on occasion. Western Bass digital magazine is my favorite, it covers lakes I fish by anglers I know.

Tom

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Speaking from personal experience, it is tough to keep a magazine profitable now. Notice how there is very little advertising from tackle and boat manufacturers in magazines? Except the ones with sponsorship agreements?

It takes about 50-60 % of ad pages in each issue to break even. (Wasn't that high before.) Advertisers in the outdoor field pay far less per thousand circulation than other industries, but still buy less print ads.

And the larger companies have their own TV shows and websites. And even the smaller companies are now content providers on their websites. They've taken over the role of magazines. Of course, the pro staffs are required to generate free publicity through columns, interviews, appearances, etc.

Their content needs a good editor/curator however. Ok, getting off soap box now. Sorry.

 

I'm ok with ads in magazines as long as there's good content in-between. In reality, they practically give you the magazines for next to nothing. I get a few magazines for $0/year....100% free. That's hard to argue with. I also get multiple magazines for $5-$10 for 1 or 2 year subscriptions. Take that and divide it by 12....and heck..you really don't pay hardly anything for them. I'd be ok with at least half of it being ads or even more at that price. I kind of like the ads to see what new stuff is out there and the pictures in them are usually pretty good (even the pictures of the product in the ads). True the internet is faster and easier to pinpoint exactly what you want but I like being able to have a magazine kicking around the browse through. You can keep one in the car or pack it into a bag to read somewhere, etc. I also prefer to read on paper instead of a screen. My wife has one of those ereaders and I would much rather have an actual book.

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