Mark Spitzer loves fish and he loves to fish. As a nationally known author (Seasons of the Gar, Return of the Gar), writing about fish and their issues is what he does best. In this blog series, Spitzer shares his experiences traveling the American West while researching a select number of freshwater fish that are often considered monstrous or freaky or hideously grotesque. Don’t miss the full version of this incredible tale, which can be found in Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West, now available!
When I took part in the 2014 Okie Noodling Tournament, my buddy Rob Butler, a professional photographer in Seattle, came along and took pictures. Some of those photos appeared in Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West, but over a thousand didn’t make the cut. Ten, however, are getting their moment in the slimelight now. Chosen for what they say about the culture of this legendary annual contest, I picked these colorful flashes of Americana… well, for different reasons.
Visit RJB Photo to see more of Rob’s Okie Noodling photos.