The_History_Of_Sportfishing_boy fishing with can of worms

This project is unlike any other. It was born from a collaboration of men and women from all walks of life who love this sport, and all that it represents. From deck hands to industry leaders, thanks to their generous support, we were able to kick off the project by preserving an invaluable batch of rapidly decaying antique 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm fishing films given to us for safekeeping.

Since then, we have moved into an exciting new production phase that has built an even larger collaboration among multiple financial and educational supporters and our project’s writers, photographers, videographers, and historians.

If you or someone you know would like to come onboard as a supporter, please contact our Executive Producer, Michael Fowlkes (insidesportfishing@mac.com).


December 31, 2020.

I can't even begin to tell you how grateful we are for your generous contributions to this project, and it confirms that this story needs to be told.  From the depths of my soul, thank you.

Because of the individuals below, who care enough about our sport to make a contribution, we're going to be able save these incredible old films. These individuals have just become a part of sportfishing history by helping to preserve it's legacy.


Kenny Cirks

Thomas C. Rogers

Joseph Phan

Ron Gribble

Adam Potwora

Brandon Hayward

Sam Anh

Russel Brown

John Loo

Raymond Chiu

Mark Romero

Keith Lambert

Hal H.

Danny Jackson

Ken Reed

Jamie Stephens

Zack S.

Dill DePriest

Fred Stier

Casey Parlette

John Tully

Geline Zampell

Tony Garza

Jack-e Cook

Rick Cha

Jack Oren

James Bateman

Patrick Gee

Robert Pranin

Kenneth Morris

Randy Tharaldson

Kip Kennedy

David Yates

Rob Espinosa

Robert Woodcox

Jim Holden

Anthony Dileva

Dave R.

Roy Blomquist

Russell Eaton

Cheer Critchlow

Don Salveson

Grant Christianson

Mark Wheeler

Mike Steglic

Bill Maudru

Jimmy Van Evera

Greg Gorian

Eddie Means

Kevin Helfund

John Ludlow

Ariel Ortiz


Again, thank you for caring about the history of our sport, as well as it's future.  Together we are making sportfishing history.  I can't do this without you.  Michael Fowlkes.


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