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August 2, 2013



Fred Fisher is a fishmonger. But the Florida man doesn’t sell fish you can eat. Fisher sells original fish rubbings.

Fisher’s interest in Gyotaku, an ancient Japanese art of fish imprinting, began 10 years ago. It combined Fisher’s love of fishing and a desire to create a collection of his catches. Before long, Fisher was reeling in fans at art shows, on eBay and

In Fisher’s style of Gyotaku fish rubbings, each fish is covered with colorful acrylic paint. Then, hand-made paper or cloth is pressed onto the surface to capture a mirror image of the fish.

People buy his fish rubbings and limited edition prints for various reasons, such as what they fish for or what they caught on vacation. Saltwater fish usually outsell the freshwater variety, said Fisher, who lives on Lake Talquin near Tallahassee.

For hostess, lake or beach house gifts, Fisher’s cutting boards also have been popular. Made of tempered glass, the cutting boards are eight inches by 11 inches with the fish image applied to the back. Visit to order cutting boards ($35), unframed prints ($35 to $95) or to place a special order.

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