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.