THE HISTORY OF SPORTFISHING

A 9-part film series produced in the style and spirit 
of the award-winning documentary filmmakers, Ken Burns and Bruce Brown, who established the blueprint of how to make history come alive.

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Since the beginning of time men and women have fished to provide food. They took to the seas and rivers in dug-out canoes, tied vines and roots into nets, sharpened branches into spears, and honed shells into hooks as a means of harvesting fish for survival.

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

About the Project

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We are creating a limited 9-part television series on the history of sportfishing, that 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 are nearly 100-years old.  But they are turning to dust in the archives because time has caused the celluloid filament in the film to dry out. The stock is becoming so brittle that unless these historic films are not digitized soon, they will be lost forever.  Once digitized, copies will 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.

  

 

CHAPTERS

  • Chapter 1 - The Birth of Big-game Fishing
  • Chapter 2 - The Birth of Bass Fishing

  • Chapter 3 - The Birth of Fly Fishing

  • Chapter 4 - The Evolution of Rods, Reels & Line
  • 
Chapter 5 - The Evolution of Fishing Boats, Motors and Electronics

  • Chapter 6 - Spirit of Competition - Freshwater
  • 
Chapter 7 - Spirit of Competition – Saltwater
    Chapter 8 - Women in Sportfishing

  • Chapter 9 - The Future of Sportfishing – Conservation

Chapter 1: The Birth of Big-Game Fishing

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The origin of big-game fishing can be traced to Dr. Charles Fredrick Holder, with his catch of a “leaping tuna” on Santa Catalina Island on June 1, 1898. This was the first tuna in recorded history ever caught on rod and reel.

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Chapter 2 - The Birth of Bass Fishing

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Chapter 3 - The Birth of Fly Fishing

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Chapter 4 – The Evolution of Rods, Reels & Line

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Chapter 5 – The Evolution of Fishing Boats, Motors and Electronics

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Chapter 6 - Spirit of Competition – Freshwater

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Chapter 7 - Spirit of Competition – Saltwater

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Chapter 8 – Women in Sportfishing

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Chapter 9 - The Future of Sportfishing – Conservation

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Why Contribute?

Knowing that your contribution, no matter how large or small, was instrumental in helping to save the thousands of feet of decaying films that have been passed down to us from previous generations.  These fragile celluloid glimpses into the history of sportfishing could be lost forever without your help.

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.

Pledge $50
We will provide you with a direct link to screen and download The History of Sportfishing, Chapter 1 - The Birth of Big-game Fishing as soon as it’s completed.

Pledge $100
The above, plus you will be provided with continuous links to a behind the scenes look at segments as they’re being produced throughout the production of the film.

Pledge $250
The above, plus your personal copy of The Birth of Big-game Fishing will be shipped to you on a flash drive as soon as the film is completed. Drive will be shipped free within the U.S. Please add an additional $27 for International shipping.

Pledge $500
The above, plus a signed copy of The Birth of Big-game Fishing art poster and t-shirt.

Pledge $1000
The above, plus a personal CODE to screen the entire Inside Sportfishing library of over 3,000 hours of entertainment on https://insidesportfishing.vhx.tv/

Pledge $2,500
The above, plus your name will be added to list of contributors to The History of Sportfishing, Part 1 - The Birth of Big-game Fishing web site.

Pledge $10,000
The above, plus your name will appear in the film’s closing credits.

Pledge $50,000
The above, plus you will be named as an Associate Producer in the film’s credits.

Pledge $100,000
The above, plus you will be named as a Co-Producer of the film, and if you choose, be interviewed about your love of fishing and possibly (depending upon your interview) be included in the film itself.

Pledge $250,000
The above, plus you will be named as an Executive Co-Producer of the film, be involved in the creative process and if you choose, be interviewed about your love of fishing and possibly (depending upon your interview) be included in the film itself.

Limited OEM inclusions available. For details please contact us at insidesportfishing@mac.com.