A “bait ball” is a swirling mass of little bait fish that forms in open water when the school of little fish is chased by a larger predator, such as a tuna.
My daughter Kat graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Marine Science, including some research on blue-fin tuna. I made this ukulele for her as a graduation present. There is a tuna on the headstock chasing little fish down the fingerboard into swirling bait ball around the sound hole.
It is made of koa, top, back, and sides, which I brought back from Hawaii many years ago on our honeymoon. Curly maple binding, curly maple neck, ‘rope’ purfling, ebony fingerboard and bridge.