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 comprehensive 9-part documentary series that pays tribute to the history of Sportfishing, combining modern filming and interviews with an invaluable collection of historic footage, including a rare collection of 8mm, 16mm and 35mm fishing films collected over a period of many decades.  Some of these films are nearly 100-years old and give a rare look back into the history of Sportfishing.

A major part of this project has been to digitize these fragile films for safekeeping, and once digitized, copies will be entrusted for safe keeping to the International Game Fish Association’s E. K. Harry Library of Fishes and the Catalina Island Museum.

 

  

 

CHAPTERS

  • Chapter 1 - MAN VS FISH, THE STORY BEGINS
  • Chapter 2 - SURVIVAL TO SPORT: THE BIRTH OF BIG GAME FISHING
  • Chapter 3 - BIMINI TO BAJA: IN PURSUIT OF GIANTS
  • Chapter 4 - SPORTFISHING HELPS HEAL A NATION
  • 
Chapter 5 - FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, NEW DEVELOPMENTS ADVANCE THE SPORT
  • Chapter 6 - ART OF THE FLY: TROUT, SALMON AND STRIPERS
  • 
Chapter 7 - THE PIONEERS OF SALTWATER FLY FISHING
    Chapter 8 - BASS FISHING BECOMES A NATIONAL PASSION
  • Chapter 9 - COMPETITION, CONSERVATION, AND CHILDREN; THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS

Chapter 1: MAN VS FISH, THE STORY BEGINS

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Chapter 2 - SURVIVAL TO SPORT: THE BIRTH OF BIG GAME FISHING

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Chapter 3 - BIMINI TO BAJA: IN PURSUIT OF GIANTS

5- Morehous with large tuna from book LR for website copy

 

Chapter 4 – SPORTFISHING HELPS HEAL A NATION

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Chapter 5 – FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, NEW DEVELOPMENTS ADVANCE THE SPORT

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10- Michael fishing off the Vintage West End of Catalina

 

Chapter 6 - ART OF THE FLY: TROUT, SALMON AND STRIPERS

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Chapter 7 - BASS FISHING BECOMES A NATIONAL PASSION

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The participants of the 2009 Nation's River Bass Tournament head out on the Potomac River in speedboats.

 

Chapter 8 – THE PIONEERS OF SALTWATER FLY FISHING

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Chapter 9 - COMPETITION, CONSERVATION AND CHILDREN; THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS

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FWS employees teaching students about different fish at the 2009 Nation's River Bass Tournament.