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The 2016 catalog is smaller in size from previous years.

I noticed the Lew's reels are now being offered and Daiwa is nowhere seen in reels or rods. Also the BPS Extreme reels are missing. But a new baitcast reel is available,  forgot the name.

And minimal specs for reels, rods and lures. You have to got to website to get specs. 

Don't like changes.

 

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2 hours ago, ghost said:

The 2016 catalog is smaller in size from previous years.

I noticed the Lew's reels are now being offered and Daiwa is nowhere seen in reels or rods. Also the BPS Extreme reels are missing. But a new baitcast reel is available,  forgot the name.

And minimal specs for reels, rods and lures. You have to got to website to get specs. 

Don't like changes.

 

Yeah, seems like they are pushing people to the website more and more.....I love those catalogs....hopefully they won't go away totally.  I think if T W would put one out that would be interesting. 

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I think it's stupid to go to all the trouble to print a catalog with limited information. Whats the point? It couldn't cost that much more to make a complete description of models and colors.

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15 minutes ago, BigMoneyGrip said:

I think it's stupid to go to all the trouble to print a catalog with limited information. Whats the point? It couldn't cost that much more to make a complete description of models and colors.

I agree. While I think paper and ink catalogs are going the way of pork trailers, if they are going to print them they ought to give all the details of the limited items in them.

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The only observations of the bass pro catalog I've made in the past three years are of it going directly in the garbage. They should just send out a postcard that says "please visit our website". 

It sucks too because I used to really look forward to getting the master catalog each year. 

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you'd be surprised the amount of time, money and effort it takes to collect product information from 100's or 1000's of vendors.  let alone having it all ready to go and clean with photos at one time to print, very difficult.  couple that with the fact that very few people receive and read the paper versions anymore and it's destined for dirt.  

for one, i'd prefer they do away with them.  if not, offer me $5 or $10 store credit for NOT taking one (saving them money).

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1 minute ago, buzzed bait said:

you'd be surprised the amount of time, money and effort it takes to collect product information from 100's or 1000's of vendors.  let alone having it all ready to go and clean with photos at one time to print, very difficult.  couple that with the fact that very few people receive and read the paper versions anymore and it's destined for dirt.  

for one, i'd prefer they do away with them.  if not, offer me $5 or $10 store credit for NOT taking one (saving them money).

Nah doesn't cost anymore, they already have all the information. It's just a way for them to lure you to the website. 

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I too wish that if they do release catalogs, they would include detailed specs! I have many fond memories of poring over giant BPS and Cabela's catalogs as a boy and still like sitting down and browsing a paper-and-ink catalog.

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Used to really look forward to getten them. Made for good reading or planning a early spring order. Over the years,they have taken the cheap way out, and their website has alot to be desired. 

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8 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

I think i saw this same thread last year.....

And the year before...

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54 minutes ago, smallie.mike said:

Nah doesn't cost anymore, they already have all the information. It's just a way for them to lure you to the website. 

Fairly certain it costs a great deal of money. It's been my line of work since about late '09. 

To simply print and ship the catalogs would be a mind numbing amount of money. It's why fewer and fewer places have a paper catalog anymore. 

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52 minutes ago, K_Mac said:

And the year before...

And the year before that... 

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41 minutes ago, buzzed bait said:

Fairly certain it costs a great deal of money. It's been my line of work since about late '09. 

To simply print and ship the catalogs would be a mind numbing amount of money. It's why fewer and fewer places have a paper catalog anymore. 

I'm sure it cost a great deal of money for them to print the master catalog. I'm just saying the reason they leave out the specs on most stuff is so you have to go to thier site. I haven't ordered a thing from bass pro since they started doing that to the master catalog.  

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I'm both Surprised & Impressed that Mr J Morris could find the time to actually put out a 2016 Master Catalog.

He's been a very busy man recently . . . .

:)

A-Jay

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I noticed I got one in the mail a week or so ago.................I hope it's not much thinner than last years, that one is doing a bang up job of leveling a wobbly end table leg. Oh well, if it is I guess I could shim it with the other useless waste of paper I get every month...........AKA Bassmaster magazine.

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3 hours ago, buzzed bait said:

Fairly certain it costs a great deal of money. It's been my line of work since about late '09. 

To simply print and ship the catalogs would be a mind numbing amount of money. It's why fewer and fewer places have a paper catalog anymore. 

I am loosely in that line of work as well.  The amount of time, money and energy it takes to produce a giant catalog is stunning.  

I, for one, wish they would stop producing catalogs, it a massive waste of paper.  I enjoy looking through them too but who buys stuff through the mail anymore?  It's easier to get online and find exactly what you need.

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I view the catalogs that BPS and Cabelas  put out as reference material, stuff to be read and digested at my leisure, not necessarily when I'm at my computer desk.   I wish that they had better stats in them.. . . .. . Next complaint, As I'm getting older I wish that they had larger type.   It is a challenge to keep one magnifying glass by my Lazy Boy, another by my porcelain throne, a third and fourth in my garage and shed and a fifth by my computer desk.    As I've just typed this I realize what a disconcerting first world problem this is.   

Anyway, that catalog is what it is and I'm glad Johnny Morris sent me one, so that I could look at pictures and wonder about what lures I might get next.   I am very concerned that Timber Tigers haven't been pictures for a few years now and in the 2016 Master Catalog, they don't show the Jewel Eakins jig anymore.  They were a Missouri company and I thought that Johnny was doing them a favor by showing their wares in his catalog.   Guess he isn't doing them a favor any more.   That is too bad, comes off as kind of greedy.  Anyway, JMO

. . . . .moments later, just visited the Jewel Baits web site,  regional pros Jim Eakins and his son Troy Eakins aren't listed as being on the pro staff any more.   Eakins jigs aren't listed in their catalog.   Finesse jigs are but they don't call them Eakins jigs anymore.   Go bigger.    They were kind of buds with Johnny Morris, maybe that is why Jewel Baits aren't listed in the catalog anymore.   I'd go the the website and look further, but that is more trouble than I want to mess with currently at 3:10 AM.

 

 

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They should either cancel the catalog all together, or put out a decent one that gives some information on the products.

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7 hours ago, ww2farmer said:

I noticed I got one in the mail a week or so ago.................I hope it's not much thinner than last years, that one is doing a bang up job of leveling a wobbly end table leg. Oh well, if it is I guess I could shim it with the other useless waste of paper I get every month...........AKA Bassmaster magazine.

Yep! As a life member BASS use to be something. Now not so much. Thanks ESPN!

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The BPS catalog as been shrinking little by little every year. Although I don't like that it's happening I do understand it. The cost it takes to produce and ship them must be very high and there are a minimal number of people who actually order by phone using the catalog anymore. Even before they started doing that, I might find what I want in the catalog, but I'd still order it online. That being said, I still miss the old ones with all the info in them. I have fond childhood memories as a little kid getting excited when they'd come in the mail. I'd look through them for hours upon hours haha

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BPS Master Catalog, man's best friend and finest literature you could find to make you company while going to where the king goes by himself, so many purchases were decided in that holy place. :wink1:

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13 hours ago, flyfisher said:

I think i saw this same thread last year.....

I think so too.  We could probably say that about 99 percent of the threads.

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