A few months back this order of 4 huge custom Swordfish Bill’s came in from up in Boston fresh off a commercial boat for Sunny’s Seafood Pier 1 Boston, Ma. I got free range to do whatever I saw fit on the bills and shadow boxes. From natural Bone polished and classical ink drawings to fully primed and painted scens depicting Swordfish and Squids. The biggest Bill Measured 52″ long and almost 6″ wide at the base, from about a 750+ lb fish caught up on George’s Bank, that bill actually made the one from the 400 lb fish look small!! I always love painting Swordfish Bills because it is a natural trophy, and carries a story of battle between Man andf Fisherman, also reminding me of my own battles with these brutes.
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“Pooned at Noon” Acrylic and Enamel on Swordfish Bill. 46″ length 4.5″ wide (max) The backside is sanded down to the bone, buffed, and stained.
It was great to paint another Swordfish Bill after not having done so 5 yrs or so. “Team Scales Gear” commissioned the preservation and painting of this swordy bill off of their 91″ fish (Approx 460lbs according to measurments) caught in Sept 2011. Unfortunately I wasn’t on the boat for this brute, as we missed em the trip before, , but needless to say I was stoked to get the call at the dock! I painted the scene that the crew describes in story, and the photos my good friend Steve Dougherty took Documenting the trip; of the fish battling till the end after being harpooned just under the surface. The fish was caught during the day using standard deep drop technique brought up from 1600 ft + . After experiencing these fish boated in the day it is a whole new take on the Beast! Enjoy some of Steve’s photos from that day! Stay tuned for more Bills on there way!
It’s no secret now that giant Broadbills can be boated in broad daylight, the tricky part is fishing your line at 1700 ft! In the past few years this recent discovery has taken off in the South Florida fishing community. This September and October were no different. I had the pleasure of heading out on multiple trips in the past few months boating these brutes. You just can’t imagine the amazing colors these fish portray as they are lit up in the water during the day, deep purple magentas, bright browns and ambers, and of course everyfish you pull up has his or her own character and coloring.
It was only natural that I finally did a daytime scene portraying the action at the surface. The fish usually come to the boat relitively quickly and you must take advantage of that oppurtunity, the minute they break the surface, and see your boat and what they have in store, they make a mad dash, and your on for another battle! The swordfish above is not letting up easy, he has breached the surface, shown his glory in daylight, seen his fate, and will battle us until the end…..
Limited Edition, Signd prints will be available starting next week.