FTR Restructures, Brings on Ken Duke from B.A.S.S.

Fishing Tackle Retailer is pleased to announce that B.A.S.S. Senior Editor Ken Duke will become the next Managing Editor of FTR. 

Duke is a longtime industry professional, most recently serving as Senior Editor of B.A.S.S. Publications (2005-14). Before that he served as B.A.S.S.’ Senior Publicist (2004-05) and as an editor with Game & Fish Publications (1999-2004). He is the author of two books on bass fishing and has been published in more than 50 regional and national outdoor magazines.

“Ken brings years of editorial experience, interesting new ideas and an understanding of our unique relationship with the trade as a B2B publication,” FTR President Brian Thurston said.


Duke was previously on staff at Fishing Tackle Retailer from 2005-2010, when the publication was owned by B.A.S.S.

“I’m thrilled to be working with FTR,” Duke said. “It’s a publication that I’ve admired for a long time, and I hope to continue the great work that’s been going on there. It’s wonderful to join a company that’s already an industry leader. I’ll be trying to continue the outstanding work of my predecessor — Ken Cook — and to look for new opportunities that will advance not only FTR, but also the fishing industry.”

The addition of Duke heralds a restructuring at FTR. Beginning in 2015, current Publisher and founder Clem Dippel will take on a new role as Senior Consultant. Fishing Tackle Retailer’s current Managing Editor, Ken Cook, will remain with the publication in a new role as Senior Editor. Brian Thurston and Carlton Veirs will share the title of Publisher.

Both the print and the digital assets of FTR have undergone complete redesigns in the past year. Duke says he is looking forward to using those assets to innovate in the publishing industry.

“Although I’m new to the position of Managing Editor of FTR, I’m not exactly new to the publication. I served on the editorial staff of the magazine for several years when it was a B.A.S.S. publication, and I’ve watched its development since that time. Both the magazine and have cemented their leadership role in the industry. I’m excited about the challenge of keeping things growing and moving in the right direction,” said Duke.

Fishing Tackle Retailer is North America’s leading B2B publication.

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