The “Bait Ball”

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.


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