Michael Folwkes

Inside Sportfishing, Producer/Director

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Creator of the award-winning television series, Inside Sportfishing, Michael has fished his entire life,  and began working as a deckhand onboard The Westerner when he was only nine years old.

Transitioning to working the multi-day boats in San Diego in the early 1970’s Michael earned his U.S. Coast Guard Operator’s License, bought his first charter boat, the Instinct and began running charters with his wife Kimberly.

After six years as an Owner/Operator Michael made the move to television and produced shows for National Geographic, Showtime/The Movie Channel,  Disney, Discovery, Paramount Pictures and ABC Sports, delivering a number of ACE award winning specials featuring Coach Pete Carroll, LaDainian Tomlinson and Howie Mandel to name a few.

After years of dealing with the insanity of Hollywood, Michael decided to get back to his roots and in 1989 created his own series, Inside Sportfishing which became the highest-rated, longest-running fishing show in the history of Fox Sports West. On-air for 27 consecutive years, the series was also syndicated nationally on the World Fishing Network.

Michael’s passion for fishing, and his unique story telling abilities, transported audiences to locations around the world and helped make Inside Sportfishing the iconic program for the sport of fishing. Recognized with 27 International Telly Awards for broadcast excellence, as well as being voted Best Fishing Show of the Year by the Outdoor Writers Association.

Michael is now bringing that same level of production skill and passion to this 9-part series, The History of Sportfishing.

 

 

Tami Ebbets Hahn

Writer/Researcher

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Tami Ebbets Hahn is the foremost authority on the life and work of her father, famed American photographer Charles C. Ebbets. As founder and curator of the Ebbets Estate Photographic Archives and president of Ebbets Photo-Graphics, LLC, Tami has spent the past fifteen years researching, cataloging, and licensing the more than 20,000 images in the collection.

In addition to sales of individual fine art prints, Ebbets Photo-Graphics has marketing and licensing agreements with companies around the world, including Google, The New York Times, Pearson-Longman Publishing, Tradesmen International, Bonnier Publishing, and many others. Mrs. Hahn has also worked as a production consultant and researcher for film and multimedia projects.

Since her father’s passing in 1978, Tami’s diligence in preserving Mr. Ebbets’ rich photographic legacy and promoting his work to a new generation of fans has permanently established his place in the annals of notable 20th century photographers. She is also completing work on a pictorial autobiography of Mr. Ebbets life and work that is expected to be published in the summer of 2023. Details about Mr. Ebbets photographic legacy can be found at the Ebbets Photo-Graphics, LLC website at: www.ebbetsphoto-graphics.com

 

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Terry Battisti

Outdoor Writer - Bass Historian

Terry Battisti started fishing in 1968 at the age of four and by the time he was 10 years old was completely bitten by the bass bug. In 1978 he started his first job at Bob’s Fishing Tackle in Norwalk making custom rods and learning all he could about the industry. That same year he joined his first bass club starting down the road of tournament bass fishing.

Terry competed in club and local team events until he went to college to study chemical engineering. After graduating from California State University Long Beach, he went to graduate school in northern Idaho. After attaining his graduate degree, he moved to southern Idaho to start his career – but fishing was always his main passion. Within a couple months of moving, he had bought a boat, joined a local club and began fishing local team events. He then began fishing the Idaho BASS Federation where he placed fourth in AOY points in 2001 and was Angler of the Year in 2005.

In 2001 Terry began writing for a number of bass magazines and websites including Bass West, In-Fisherman, Bass Fan, Bassmaster Magazine, The PAA, Inside Line and others. Over the past two decades, Terry has become an acknowledged expert in just about every topic related to bass fishing and has authored over 1000 publications in major fishing magazines and websites. In 2012 he started his own website, The Bass Fishing Archives, where he writes about the history of bass fishing and the preservation of the sport.

 

Chase Offield

Executive Producer

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The Offield Center for Billfish Studies has been conducting groundbreaking research on marlin species since 2000 and has grown into the largest billfish program in the world with over 500 satellite popup tags deployed on marlin around the globe. Founded by Chase's father, conservationist Paxson Offield, the OCBS continues its global efforts to study and aid in efforts to track the migration and populations of billfish worldwide.

The Offield Center for Billfish Studies initial focus was on striped marlin throughout the Pacific, but recent years have seen the program widen its focus to include black marlin and, more recently, blue marlin. Tagging sites include Ghana, Madeira, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, California, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Australia. OCBS collaborates with other organizations such as the The Billfish Foundation and the International Game Fishing Association, as well as noted scientists all over the world.

Chase carries on the work started by his father, and is involved in conservation work in places all around the globe.

Chase delved into sport fishing at a young age on California's Catalina Island-- catching striped marlin, white sea bass, tuna, and other species. The young Offield also developed a lifelong affinity for fisheries conservation and science and ethical angling practices.

The family launched the Offield Center for Billfish Studies where they teamed with fishing friends to deploy satellite tags in pelagic fish in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti and the U.S. Their research was integral in the early testing of satellite pop-up tags, SPOT tags, and studies of post-release mortality using circle hooks versus j-hooks.

The Offields were early supporters of the IGFA Great Marlin Race and continue to help grow the program.

Chase enjoys fishing with friends as well as high-level tournament competition. As a past chairman and two-time winner of the International Masters Angling Tournament, Chase believes the event is the ultimate test in angling that strictly adheres to IGFA rules.

 

 

Stuart Christensen

Producer/Co-Director/Editor/Videographer

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Bio Under Construction.....more soon. I'm a photo/video/audio/editor/3D graphics pro, with web skills and CNC/Laser machine skills. I like everything about water and the creatures below.