The Atlantic Fisherman was founded as a monthly in Boston in 1919 as “a paper for fishermen — producers — the men who actually fish for a living.” It was supported by advertising promoting everything that a fisherman needed: from larger engines to power the new draggers that were starting to take over from sailing schooners in the Banks fisheries, to hip boots. Its masthead read “A farm journal for the Harvesters of the Sea.” It informed fishermen about new designs, gear and catches and provided historical articles and profiles of prominent fishing captains.
In May 1929, P.G. Lamson became president and in July he moved the office to Goffstown, New Hampshire. By then the magazine had color covers, a color advertising insert, and correspondents reporting from Canada as well as Maine and Massachusetts. Lamson continued publishing the magazine, taking his son Gardner Lamson into the business as a correspondent, photographer and editor. In 1954, they took on a broader mission, becoming National Fisherman. In 1960 the magazine was sold to Maine Coast Fisherman, which had started in Belfast in 1946; for a while the resulting publication was called National Fisherman Combined with Maine Coast Fisherman.