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Flick Ford - Big: 50 World Record Fish -  TRADEBOOK Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Big: 50 World Record Fish
by Flick Ford

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Image Size: 14"w x 11"h.
Published: October 2008

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The universal interest in world records is nowhere more compelling than in the sports world. Fishermen, both pros and weekend anglers, dream of catching “the big one” and "BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches" will more than satisfy the imagination and fuel the desire to fish through the off season.

Artist Flick Ford and International Game Fish Association (IGFA) historian Mike Rivkin have joined to tell the stories of the fifty most amazing record fish catches from around the world, selected for their sheer size, popularity, beauty and classic record story. Through species research and archival photography, renowned artist Flick Ford reconstructs a portrait of each record catch as it would have looked emerging from the water. This book salutes the sportsmanship of dedicated fishermen, the history of angling and the fine art that brings it alive.

About the Author

MIKE RIVKIN is a retired catalogue publisher widely recognized for his spirited and successful copywriting. He is also a veteran offshore angler, Past President of the venerable Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Island and has served as an International Game Fish Association International Representative. Mike has written extensively on the history of angling, including the widely-acclaimed books "Big-Game Fishing Headquarters: A History of the IGFA," "Angling and War: The Collision of Big-Game Fishing and WWII." On the water, he has caught every type of marlin that swims, including a 1,226 pound black marlin taken off Australia in 1984. Today Mike lives in La Jolla, California with his wife and three children and plies the Pacific waters nearby on his boat.

BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches

Hardcover, jacketed, $50

Over 50 color paintings plus photos

216 pages, 14 x 11 inches

October 2008 Release

ISBN-13: 978-0-86713-099-7

Flick Ford
Flick Ford fell in love with fishing at age five. His father, an accomplished fly-fisherman and talented commercial artist/copywriter, instilled in him a deep respect for nature and nurtured his early creativity. Born in 1954 in Atlanta, Flick was raised in Westchester County, New York. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Flick fished the Adirondacks, New England, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and the woodland lakes of Quebec, while pursuing two other loves: music (as lead singer in a garage rock band) and art. He took formal watercolor classes in the 1960s; figure drawing and graphic design classes from 1973 to 1976 and then studied art at Evergreen State College in Washington State. Flick moved to New York City in 1978 and dove into the audio/visual scene including indie film, video, underground publishing, cartooning, illustration as well as reconnecting with music. He performed in the East Village with several bands, and wrote and sang lead in The Crazy Pages for almost twenty years. Ford left New York in 1993, heading for the Hudson Highlands where he quickly became obsessed with fishing the NYC watershed. As he branched out to many of the brook trout places where he had previously fished in parts of the Adirondacks and Vermont, the effects of over twenty years of pollution, over- development and acid rain became painfully apparent. “I felt I should start to keep a record of the fish I caught and decided to do it in watercolor paintings. I just want to catch and paint these fish, and show how they appear to me in all their iridescent beauty.” Today Ford makes his home in Putnam County, New York. He fishes more than 100 days a year and ties his own flies. He selects early every fish he paints for its relative size and beauty. After landing a fish, he quickly gets a digital photo before the colors fade, carefully measures it in all dimensions, sketches details, counts scales, fin rays and finally traces it to get its actual outline. He has developed a technique of successive washes utilizing masking friskets and painstakingly detailed dry brush that make these fish truly come to life on paper.


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