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THE HISTORY OF SPORTFISHING

A Documentary Film Series by Michael Fowlkes

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Over the decades fishing has woven itself into the fabric of America’s soul. Passed down from generation to generation, fishing has been as much a part of the American landscape as baseball, apple pie and the 4th of July.

 

This is the story of how the sport of fishing was born.

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We are creating a 9-part television series on the history of sportfishing, produced in the spirit and style of award-winning documentarians, Ken Burns and Bruce Brown.

This project will enable us to preserve decaying old home movies, 8mm, 16mm and 35mm fishing films that have been collected over the years. Some of these films, nearly 100-years old,  are turning to dust in the archives because time has caused the celluloid filament in the film to dry out. The film stock is becoming so brittle, that these historic films must be digitized soon, or they will be lost forever.  The digital conversions will then be entrusted for safe keeping to the International Game Fish Association.

Your contributions will not only go toward preserving these old films, but will also seed the associated production costs of producing the Pilot Episode, Chapter 1: The Birth of Big Game Fishing.

When we complete our fundraising budget for the pilot, any additional funds will then go directly to the production of the remaining 8 Chapters of the Series.

Here's our video about the project:

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"Southern California has a rich and unique history, from the founding of Avalon Tuna Club in 1898, to the innovation of kite fishing and the vast long-range tuna fleet. Nobody captures this history and spirit better than Michael Fowlkes. I know Michael will bring this history to life in this new series, with images and footage from the real pioneers.  Whether you're an angler or history buff, you will love this passionate project, sight unseen."

Dave Pfeiffer, President/ Shimano America

 

Michael Fowlkes

The founder of the Award-Winning television series, Inside Sportfishing, Michael Fowlkes has fished his entire life.

Our Production Team

Michael Fowlkes - Inside Sportfishing Producer/Director

Chase Offield - Co-Founder Offield Center for Billfish Studies

Stuart Christensen - Producer/Editor

Check Our Progress

As the making of this series comes to life, we will take you along, with updates, stories, photos, film clips and interviews with Sportfishing Legends, Industry Leaders and Conservationists. Sign up now for updates and breaking stories, as we begin this project to capture the History of Sportfishing.

If you have any old fishing films, home movies, photos, a significant historical story or an individual you’d like to have considered being included in the series, please get in touch with us. Working together, we will make this history come alive with your help.

 

Inside Sportfishing
5 Castle Rock Way
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Cell: 949.230.8920

insidesportfishing@mac.com

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