New year brings new changes


We have a few changes in store for 2022

With the new year comes new changes at Carolina Sportsman Magazine. We’re hoping those changes have minimal impact on our readers.

Most notably, it’s time to say goodbye (sort of) to our long-time editor Dan Kibler, who retired at the end of November. I say sort of because he’ll still do some writing for us on a freelance basis, so his words will still appear in our pages, just in different spots.

Kibler gave me a crack at writing for the magazine’s website in 2006 as a field reporter and freelancer. A few years later he tapped me as the fishing tournament columnist, then as a saltwater columnist. And in 2014, he recommended me as the full-time editor of our website. I’ve worked in that job ever since, so hopefully my transition to the magazine will come without too many bumps. I’m continuing with the website too, so that’s one area that will remain a constant.

Throughout those years, he and I have worked closely together, spending numerous hours on video conference calls, helping sign up subscribers at boat shows, sharing space in dove fields and in boats while casting to stripers, speckled trout, redfish, crappie, catfish and bass. Hopefully I can live up to the same standard he has been setting for the magazine for decades.

If I stumble, we can blame it on columnist and feature writer Jeff Burleson, who took us fishing in between Kibler training me on the magazine’s software. And well, it’s possible that we spent a little more time reeling in speckled trout that week than we did sitting at the computer. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

It’s been a blast, Dan. Enjoy your retirement and save some fish for the rest of us.

New columnists

Brian Cope can be found chasing all types of fish when he’s not editing the magazine or website.

Another change readers will note is our Sound and Sea column, which I wrote for about 8 years, is now in the capable hands of Chris Burrows, who has written for us as a freelancer in the past.

Burrows has a wealth of knowledge about many aspects of saltwater fishing and the fishing world in general.

Larry Ross, who has also written numerous articles for us, is taking over the Head for the Mountains column which Bob Satterwhite wrote for a long time before hanging up his pen and fly rod last year.

Ross is an avid angler and all-around sportsman who ties his own flies and makes all sorts of other handmade hunting and fishing gear. You won’t see that column in this issue, but look for it next month.

About Brian Cope 2800 Articles
Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at

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