The Devil Fish

The Devil Fish

Did I ever tell you my story about getting hit in the chest by one of these flying fish? Well here goes. I was about 30 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico by myself trying to outrun a big ole hairy thunderstorm. Out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of a projectile, moving at a tremendous rate of speed above the water, known as a flying fish. As a result of this chance encounter, I have dubbed this hellion “Devil Fish.” Before I could get my head turned to starboard, that sucker slammed Into my chest, knocked the breath out of me, and I flew off my captain’s perch. Working to gasp for breath on the deck of my vessel, the 1961 30′ Chris Craft Cavalier (known as the Italian Galleon) was steering itself. Me, the fish, and my boat, floundering and flopping about, we all worked to gain the upper hand in the Gulf. Upon regaining my own wits, wondering “What the hell just happened” and madder than a rooster locked out of the hen house, the war between Captain Red and Devil Fish ensued on the deck of the Italian Galleon. The little green slime won a battle but lost the war. I’m just glad he hit me from a-starboard (I fell a-port) the other way around, I may have fallen overboard with the boat at full steam. Aye matey! Then you wouldn’t have a glass artist on board.. So to speak.
This glass is a tribute to that little fella previously known as Devil Fish, what tried to broadside this old sea dog, and separate me from my ship.
The piece of Spectrum glass is one that I blew up whilst working on another picture. Though tempted to throw it away, I chose to hold on until I thought of a use for it. The fishing pole is yard waste from my friends shop called “The Clay Place.” The lure was salvaged on Naples Beach. The frame came from the great state of New Hampshire and trash picked from an old home.
So raise your cup of grog and cheerio to the Devil Fish in Davie Jones’ Locker… Aargh!
This piece is part of the “Fish Dimension Collection” (thank you Susie.)

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Lancaster

    this is just so clever…and a good story; moral no solo boating. take a mate

    You’re the man want to see more of your art and knock off the hairy stories, heh

    Love it

    • Richard wobbe

      Thanks Mike Lancaster, I surly hate to throw out expensive material. This is a true story, though now, it scares the crap out of me! When I can figure out how to lay out some spear fishing at night escapades, it will make this story look like a Junior High flag football game. Thanks for the compliments on this piece,

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