Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Sharky drawings

 Decided to revamp my sharks...they looked caartoony and needed some upgrades (and less marky signage), so I redrew the tiger shark and shortfin mako shark. This allowed bigger versions in spoonflower and cafepress that actually look ok. Next will likely upgrade lemon, blue, and several others to make them look more dangerous.

Tight lines,


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Adding Sunfish

 Adding sunfish!

Finally starting to sweep through the Sunfish/Black bass family of temperate freshwater fish!

Many are very colorful, and I have good pictures of most.  Started with the redbreast sunfish (a sunfish with little teeth and a mean disposition), now out.

Will next add a few I forgot in the past, like Pumpkinseeds, Warmouth, and the like. Then redo bluegill, redears, and greenies.

For anyone with broad experience in fishes, note that the panfish shape is common, and some look alike fish to the sunfishes include blue tilapia (and many cichlids), some characins, porgies like pinfish and sheepshead, and some snappers like gray snapper. 

Tight lines and calm seas,


Thursday, June 24, 2021

See Me speak on Space Stuff for FREE!

  If you are interesting in seeing a set of space presentations by astronauts, space experts, and other space enthusiasts like your truly, 

the National Space Society International Space Development Conference (NSS ISDC) 2021 is FREE and On-line :


Schedule is here:


My two presos (yes, pre-recorded) are at 10:50 AM PDT and 1:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Enjoy the Day!


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bullheads are interesting!

Bullhead catfish, aka, mudcats, or yellow catfish are an interesting set of smaller catfishes, that are related to channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, and madtoms, and can live in the worst fish habitats just fine.

Drew up biologically accurate version of white bullhead..an eastern USA catfish often confused with channel catfish, and then brown bullheads which are in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, and then black bullheads, found in the same spots as the brown bullhead and often confused with them. 

When I was a kids I caught these fish in creeks fed by raw sewer output,  but these medium sized catfish had no issues. They were also stocked in city lakes in KC and STL before these ponds were cleaned up in the 1980-1990s.  They inhabit backwater sloughs and marshes, and can be caught in very shallow water. They are also quite edible, having eaten many over the years, even if maligned. They are also a forage fish for flathead catfish that love to snap them up, and largemouth bass that can't resist them, spines or no. A very kid-friendly fish that bites the bobber and worm (or hot dog piece)  even on very hot days!

Look for my bullhead designs in cafepress here: https://www.cafepress.com/combatfishingmidwestrivertown

and soon in spoonflower here: 


tight lines, 



Monday, April 5, 2021

Mosaic Stained Glass Style Art Fishes

 Mosaic Stained Glass Style Art

I went a bit more abstract lately and started drawing various fish as if I was an ancient Roman or middle ages artist either putting the deign in a floor (like I saw in 2019 in Pompeii) or in a church window.

So taking the basic fish shape, I collected dozens of sample surfaces (mostly marble, some melted glass, and shells) and used them as the elements in the designs. 

SO I did up some Cafepress designs for Mahis, Tuna, clownfish, and Rainbow Trout:

Mahi: https://www.cafepress.com/CombatFishingOffshoreFish/17241130

Tuna: https://www.cafepress.com/CombatFishingOffshoreFish/17240535

Clownfish: https://www.cafepress.com/CombatFishingDeepSeaFishesShop/17247139

Rainbow Trout: https://www.cafepress.com/CombatFishingGreatLakesFishshop/17245170

There are also some new Spoonflower designs as a result, tuna and mahi for now, rainbow trout and clownfish soon:


like so:


Tight Lines and Fair Seas,


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Gobies, and Chum Salmon

 (FYI..all my single fish and other drawings (minus patterns) are here: https://www.combat-fishing.com/DesignFishCafeCatalog.html though patterns with the same fishes mostly go here: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/combatfish )

Drew up a few interesting gobies:

The Pinkbar Goby is another Indo-Pacific goby that is reef and rock oriented,


Bluebanded Gobies are a cold water fish found in the Pacific off California, especially near urchins and kelp forests. 

I also drew up the last of my Pacific Salmons....the Chum or Dog Salmon.  It is often considered lessor behind King (Chinook) or Coho (Silver) or Sockeye (Kokanee) salmon, though it is bigger then the Pink Salmon. Since my skill has improved over time it is the most real-looking salmon of the bunch.  Note that Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Cutthroat Trout (and Sea-Run variant), Golden Trout, Masu Salmon (Cherry Trout), Gila Trout, and Apache Trout all part of the Pacific Salmon and Trout Complex (i.e. Oncorhynchus)

tight lines,


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fishes and Fishes

 Have been pretty busy with my day job, but I have also been drawing many patterns and fishes.

Everything pops up here (my Master Site) and on my Spoonflower Site.

First, I answered several requests in spoonflower for peacock bass, marlin and tuna patterns.  All posted on spoonflower.

Then I add some odd abstract patterns of loops and tuna and trevally, the kind that look good on shirts, curtains, and sheets. 

As far as new fish, I have been looking for the interesting and fishes that I have yet to draw so drew up:

Lookdowns, which have an interesting profile, and like to hang around reefs, bridges, and piers. A jack family fish.

Kob, which are huge saltwater gamefish of bays and estuaries from South Africa related to White Sea Bass, WeakfishBlackspot Croaker, and Spotted Seatrout.

Scrawled Butterflyfish, which are pretty reef fish just like the other butterflyfish.

Leaping Bonito, a colorful fast saltwater fish between tuna and mackerel, found around Australia.