Peacock Bass Art

Lois Deutsch Painting and Pottery

About Lois

Lois Deutsch created this vibrant peacock bass image in oils on the rear bumper of a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck! The somewhat rickety old truck is being kept on the road as a tribute to the beautiful work adorning its otherwise rusty rear end.

Lois Deutsch was also a talented and prolific ceramicist. She created her art in Hunterdon County, NJ and shared her knowledge and talent with the students of the Hunterdon Learning Center. Lois left behind a legacy of character and dedication to her work.

Painting

Peacock Bass Painting by Lois Deutsch
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Peacock Bass Painting by Lois Deutsch
Peacock Bass- Cichla temensis

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Pottery

Lois Deutsch Peacock Bass Art
"Adrift in the Blue", Ceramic bowl, 10” diameter,
2005, © Lois Deutsch

 

Lois Deutsch peacock bass art
"Bare Bones Bottle", Ceramic jar, 12” height,
2006, © Lois Deutsch

Ray Troll

The Amazon is home to a vast array of creatures above and below the river's surface; the diversity of fishes alone rivals that of any ocean, with over three thousand known species- and scientists are finding more species every year. Ray painted this seven-by-fifteen-foot-long mural over the course of nine months in 1999-2000, filling it with pink dolphins, a manatee, a curious squirrel monkey, a large black caiman, an anaconda, and a paradisiacal host of fishes. Brad Matsen and Ray can be seen on the back deck of the boat. Ray has a fishing rod in his hand and is wearing a life jacket, revealing his cowardly tendency to panic in dangerous situations. Brad is standing fearlessly with an Antarctica beer in his hand. The original painting is in the Miami Museum of Science's traveling exhibit called ˜Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches."

Ray Troll's fine artwork is printed with high quality, lightfast inks on heavyweight acid-free paper. Each art poster is individually signed by Ray. Different sizes are available. Shipped in sturdy round tubes.

From his tree lined studio, high on a hill above the Tongass Narrows in rain-swept Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws & paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold around the planet. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology.

FISHES OF AMAZONIA Mural

Ray Troll's Amazon Mural
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Payara Research Logo

Ray Troll's Payara Research Logo adorns a great looking T-shirt made as a fund-raiser for Projeto Pirandira. The project studied payara behavior and sportfishing survival rates. T-shirts are still available in some sizes. Call Acute Angling at 886 431-1668 for more info or click below to email us.

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payara - Ray Troll
Payara Research Logo
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Mysterious Muckfish

Ray Troll - Doctor Paulo Petry and the muckfish
Mysterious Muckfish
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"Dr. Petry and the Mysterious Muckfish",
colored pencil on paper, 8" x 10"
2005, © Ray Troll

The Amazon is home to a vast array of creatures above and below the river's surface; the diversity of fishes alone rivals that of any ocean, with over three thousand known species- and scientists are finding more species every year. Doctor Paulo Petry has explored and identified many new species in his forays through the Amazon. Dr. Petry is currently the Freshwater Specialist for The Nature Conservancy and is working to protect freshwater ecosystems in Central and South America. The lead scientist in Acute Angling's Projeto Pirandira, Dr. Petry inspired Ray Troll's vibrant payara research logo.

Amazon Mermaid

Amazon mermaid
Amazon Mermaid
"Amazon Legend: Amazon Mermaid",
colored pencil on paper, 10.5" x 7.75"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Ever wonder about the really big peacock bass that got away? Maybe this is what happened

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Amazon knife fishes
ELECTRIC KNIFE FISH
Electric knifefish (Gymnotiforms) are an amazing group of blade-shaped fish that emit electrical signals used primarily for locating objects. The distinct electrical fields each species produce also act as a kind of signature helping one fish find another in murky water. I threw in a Swiss Army knife and an electrical cord to help fill out the composition.
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Two Sizes

Amazon catfish by Ray Troll
THE MAGIC CATFISH
Ray Troll’s fine artwork printed with high quality, lightfast inks on heavyweight acid-free paper. Each art poster is individually signed by Ray. A magical moment along the Amazon river from the mythology of my minds eye. That’s an armored catfish hovering in the evening sky. Just what is it he’s trying to tell the villagers?
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One size22" X 14 "

Convergence by Ray Troll
CONVERGENCE
I'm amazed at the similarity between the armored catfish portrayed here and the modern airplane, the F-117 Stealth fighter. Form following function, and the ancient/modern duality of design. Biologists have noticed a pattern that happens in evolution where different organisms with similar lifestyles evolve into similar or "convergent" body shapes.
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One size 8.25" X 22"

 
Candiru by Ray Troll
"The Most Feared Fish in the Amazon: the Candiru"
pen and ink on paper with watercolor, 6" x 8"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Arapaima by Ray Troll
"Walk Softly and Carry a Big Fish II"
linoleum block print with watercolor on paper
10" x 8"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Piranha
"Mega-Piranha"
colored pencil on paper
8" x 10.5"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Perils to the Amazon #1
"The Real Perils to the Amazon River I"
colored pencil on paper, 7" x 25.5"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Perils to the Amazon #2
"The Real Perils to the Amazon River II"
colored pencil on paper, 7" x 25.5"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Encante by Ray Troll
"The Encante",
colored pencil on paper, 11" x 30",
2004, © Ray Troll
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Piranha Attack by Ray Troll
"Piranha Attack!"
scratchboard, 6" x 12"
2005, © Ray Troll
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Karen Lybrand

 

Along with our website update, we decided we needed a new logo. So we went to fish artist Karen Lybrand who created this classy (and biologically accurate) action image of a peacock bass doing what it does best. With this beautiful image in hand, we've created a new Acute Angling T-shirt (available at www.tackle-box.net). More of Karen's beautiful work can be seen on her website at www.Karenlybrand.com..

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peacock bass - Karen Lybrand
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Carlos Heinsohn

Carlos R. Heinsohn is a lawyer and finance executive and an avid fly fisherman from Bogotá, Colombia. He spends much of his free time fishing, tying flies and studying the aquatic ecosystems and the fishes of the Amazon and Orinoco. Carlos assists several local, nonprofit nature conservation foundations. In 2010, he wrote El Buen Pescador (The Good Fisherman), a guide to fishing ecologically, with emphasis on Catch and Release principles. As a result of his research, he is in the process of illustrating the most representative Orinoco and Amazon gamefish, some of which we present for you here, at AcuteAngling.com.

Carlos Heinsohn - Self-Portrait
Peacock Bass - Cichla temensis - Acu
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Cichla temensis is the largest member of the peacock bass genus. Its violent behavior and awesome tackle-busting power is the primary attraction that brings avid sport fisherman to the Amazon. This top level predator is considered by many to be the most powerful freshwater gamefish in the world.

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Peacock Bass - Cichla temensis - Paca
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Cichla temensis is the largest member of the peacock bass genus. Its violent behavior and awesome tackle-busting power is the primary attraction that brings avid sport fisherman to the Amazon. This top level predator is considered by many to be the most powerful freshwater gamefish in the world.

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Peacock Bass - Cichla orinocensis
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Also called "borboleta" (meaning butterfly in Portuguese). This nomenclature often causes confusion among Amazon visitors familiar with Florida’s "butterfly peacocks" (transplanted Cichla ocellaris). The species occurs naturally in the Negro, Branco and Orinoco drainages. Attains weights of up to about 12 pounds.

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Peacock Bass - Cichla monoculus
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Called "popoca" or "botão" in Brazil, Cichla monoculus is widely distributed along the Amazon main stem and up to the mid-upper Rio Negro and tributaries. It is also found in coastal rivers. Typically attains up to 5 pounds but has been known to reach 10

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Peacock Bass- Cichla ocellaris
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C. ocellaris is found mostly in northern Guyana shield drainages. It only occurs in the upper Rio Branco (Tacutu and Urariquera) in Brazil. Temperature tolerant, it has been successfully transplanted to Florida where it is called the "Butterfly” peacock, leading to confusion with C. orinocensis. Attains up to 12 lbs

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Peacock Bass- Cichla Intermedia
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Known as the "Royal" peacock by American anglers. Cichla intermedia is found only in the Orinoco drainage, reaching as far south as the Casiquiare,. Typically found in lotic (faster) water. Attains weights up to about 6 pounds.

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Peacock Bass - Cichla piquiti
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Cichla piquiti is one of the newly described (Kullander and Ferreira, 2006) species of Cichla. They are uniquely marked as adults with 5 wide dark vertical bars. Cichla piquiti is found in Brazil in the upper and lower Rio Tocantins and Rio Araguaia drainage. They have also been introduced and extensively stocked in reservoirs and fisheries in Brazil's southern regions.

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Amazon Pellona (Apapa, Sardinata)
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Looking like super-sardines, "apapa" are large, migratory clupeids, feeding mostly on other fishes. They are most active in twilit hours and focus mainly on surface oriented prey. Typically encountered in large schools. They can present anglers with extended fishing frenzies.

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Traira - Hoplius malabaricus
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The traira (Hoplias malabaricus) is the smaller of two similar species in the genus Hoplias, usually well under 10-pounds. They are found from the northern Amazonian periphery in Venezuela all the way to central Argentina in the Paraná River drainage. These fish prefer slack water and will attack largemouth bass-sized topwater lures or fly rod poppers and sliders with reckless abandon.

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Payara - Hydrolicus armatus
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The fantastic dentures of the payara are a remarkable adaptation evolved to help it catch big, quick baitfish in fast-water jungle rivers. These powerful predators congregate in swirling eddies and rushing currents below waterfalls and rapids in South America's tropical, high-gradient rivers. Using their great hunting speed and power, payara strike a bait with amazing force and immediately take-off on line peeling, breathtaking runs punctuated by wild, acrobatic leaps.

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Aruana, Arrowana, Arawanna
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An interesting target for anglers, especially on light tackle, aruana are found in a wide-range of water types. They have earned the epithet, monkey-fish (macaco d'agua) due to their penchant for leaping out of the water to pluck unsuspecting insects and even small birds from overhanging branches. They will strike both surface and subsurface baits as well as well-presented flies

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Sorubim - Amazon Catfish
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If a catfish can be called beautiful, this is the one. Sorubim boast an elegant pattern composed of hieroglyphic black markings on a silver gray background dorsally and stark white ventrally. The common name sorubim is used for several similarly shaped species in the genus. Body markings, typical habitat and maximum size differ. P. tigrinum (shown above) is commonly encountered by anglers in Amazon lowland, highland and Guyana shield fisheries

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