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Black Sea Bass Fishing with Joe Higgins of Fished Impressions

Black Sea Bass Fishing with Joe Higgins of Fished Impressions

Hi folks, Capt. Mike here. Today I’m fishing with my good friend Joe
Higgins from Fished Impressions aka Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints. Tongue twister. Today we have a nice, fun, lazy morning on
Vineyard Sound vertical jigging small jigs for whatever. Whether it be a scup, sea bass, if we’re lucky
a fluke. Anyway the plan is today to catch something
we can both print and eat. So this is called gyotaku, it’s Japanese fish
print. What we’re going to do is we’re going to catch
the fish, keep them on ice, all the fish are edible after the print is made, so you can
eat your fish. We’re going to use white block printing ink,
which is water-based ink, and we’re going to use some Japanese papers. Today we’re going to use some blue paper and
we’re going to create a print of a single fish but then we’re going to try and do some
schooling fish. Maybe it will end up somebody’s wall. That’s awesome. I guess step 1 is getting the said fish so
let’s get to it. Sorry Mike, I’m already on. I’m just holding out for the bigger ones. See what I recommend is hooking the fish and
landing it. I’m not used to that. I’m not the fish printer but I think it helps
actually landing — What was that? Nevermind. I let other people catch the fish. I find it much easier to let other people
catch the fish rather than me. A little sea bass! We’ve got some black sea bass and some scup. I’m going to teach Mike how to make a fish
print. We’re going to be using block printing ink. We’re going to be using some Japanese blue
mulberry paper. I’m going to go through the basics of how
I prep the fish and how I print the fish. Later on we’re going to have Mike make his
own fish print. The first step in printing a fish is prepping
the fish. Generally I’ll use lemon juice. It lifts the slime off of the fish, then I
can scrape it and get a nice clean surface to work with. I’m going with the direction of the scales. If you have a striped bass and you want to
print it, if you get most of the slime of the fish, it’s going to make things a lot
easier. I will use a combination of pins and boards
to lay the fish out and from that point I will pin the fins open to the position that
I want them. Once I’ve completed that, I let the fish dry
for a little bit. The next step is to actually add the ink to
the fish. I use block printing ink and the reason I
use that is the fish is still edible after the print is made. It’s a non-toxic ink. It washes right off the fish. It washes off your clothing and hopefully
your wife’s furniture. I tend to use one color. I’ll either use white ink or I’ll use black
ink. For the print we’re doing today, I’m going
to be using white ink and a little bit of blue to capture the head of the black sea
bass. Once the fish is completely painted and I’m
happy with how the fish looks, I will apply the paper to the fish itself. I’ll use Japanese papers, I’ll use mulberry
papers, I’ll use rice paper, you can even use craft paper. What I will do is lay it over the fish and
I will rub the fish and make sure I get every single fin and scale, working from the head
to the tail. The advantage of using the mulberry paper
is it allows you to see what the print actually starts to look like. The ink comes through the paper and once I
know I have enough ink on that fish I’ll take the paper off the fish. It’s a simple process, I just peel it right
off and get to see the final product. Once I have the final print, I’ll add the
detail, I’ll add the eyes, I’ll add the little touch-up to the scales or the fins and after
that it’s ready for framing.

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