By Kirk Deeter
The other day I was walking through the Miami airport, and I stopped in a magazine/book shop to look at the shelves. Cover after fishing magazine cover flaunted big (obviously oxygen-starved) fish in the hands of some cheerful angler.
It's what I expected. I'm in the magazine business, we sell product on cover appeal, and all that. But, still, I couldn't help but feel "enough is enough." I mean, how many arms-straight-out photo tricks do we really need to make a fish look bigger and mightier than it really is? Are you people really still buying all that?
Not to sound like too much of a dork here, but I think Field & Stream has done a pretty respectable job of keeping "what is, is." I liked our March cover design, and I think the April cover with the "wall-hanger" was done in very good taste. I think we're showing more concern for the real angling experience, rather than a spiced-up camera lens trick. But I'm on the team, and you can take that for what it's worth.