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Artist Rich Met­zger carved the tro­phy bass fea­tured on our cover and in the large­mouth pack­age, “10!” (p. 30).

CK: So how long did this fish take?

RM: I’d say be­tween 70 and 80 hours for this fish.

CK: What was the most dif­fi­cult part?

RM: De­cid­ing what I wanted to in­cor­po­rate. Since I wasn’t try­ing to im­i­tate one spe­cific fish, I found my­self look­ing at lots of pho­tos, think­ing, I like the tail on that one, the head from this one, the body on this one…

CK: What kind of wood did you use?

RM: Bass­wood, of course.

CK: What’s the most in­ter­est­ing fish mount you’ve ever carved?

RM: I re­cently com­pleted a north­ern snake­head.*

CK: What’s the best spot for a fish tro­phy?

RM: Well, if you have a sup­port­ive spouse, like I do, then cen­ter stage in the liv­ing room. If not there, then any­where you can call your man cave.

*Fun fact: The snake­head was com­mis­sioned by fish­ing editor Joe Cer­mele. It’s awe­some.

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