HOT off the press!
I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed some truly incredible moments while guiding and fishing for walleye throughout my life. Some of the most memorable events are when the wind is blowing, creating wind-induced currents. Fish were stacked up along windswept shorelines and points, capitalizing on baitfish getting tossed around in the waves, making for easy pickings. They also aren’t shy from airborne predators because of the surface agitation, giving them cover from aerial attacks, and will be feeding in very shallow water. This is the inspiration behind this piece, to try to encapsulate the action onto canvas.
Planning out this piece was a fun process, creating balance with the wave action and the sand bottom, complimented by a pair of hunting walleye and a school of baitfish getting tossed about. I wanted to make the piece vibrant with contrasting blue water elements, sand bottom and the gold of the walleye.
Hard-fighting, the Yellowtail is part of the Amberjack family. Known for their amazing table fair, they are excellent as sashimi as well as grilled. There are a couple different subspecies of Yellowtail, this one being the Southern locality found off the coasts of Australia.
“Running the Gauntlet”
36″ x 18″
Acrylic on Canvas
Finally I’ve put down the brush and call it complete. The inspiration behind this piece is based from my personal experience here in British Columbia last fall. We witnessed big predatory bull trout hunting spawning kokanee salmon in the crystal clear glacial waters around here. It was something I won’t soon forget and look forward to the event again this year.
For those who aren’t familiar with these two species, they are both endangered in much of their home waters. Habitat loss has been a huge contributing factor to the demise of both species. British Columbia is regarded as one of the last great strongholds for these stunning mountain salmonids.
This was my first big painting and really enjoyed the journey. It was an idea I had in my head for a while and I’m happy with how it turned out.
One of the most iconic gamefish in North America is undoubtedly the walleye. Revered for its table quality, walleye have a huge following wherever they swim. Whether it’s on the hard water thru the ice, or fishing wind swept points and gravel bars, walleye are a primary target year round.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have fished walleye in some very remote areas without any fishing pressure. On these trips, they were not at all picky and you can almost catch them at will.
One such trip, I was guiding two guests on a fly out camping trip to a remote region, south of Great Bear Lake, NWT. The area that we camped was where the Johnny Hoe River meets up with a small lake. In the river, walleye were stacked and all in the 20-26″ range. After an incredible week, we found ourselves on our last day, fishing close to camp and wanting to get at least one more hour of fishing in before the plane arrived to pick us up. We were in a sandy, shallow delta and we could see the walleye. I challenged them to catch 100 walleye in an hour, at midday, in sweltering heat, without a cloud in the sky. They did it, catching 100 walleye in just under an hour, I think we had two minutes to spare.
Bull trout in the Columbia River, BC.
Australian Salmon / Kahawai Skeleton for Fishwreck Australia.