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Sketched May 1, 2018

David Allen, a 30-year-old angler fishing for lingcod at the Des Moines Marina Pier, caught what looked like a big fish just as I arrived. What good timing! I quickly whipped out my iPad to start sketching.

But Allen didn’t seemed pleased with his catch.

“It’s a brown rockfish,” he said. “I have to throw it back or I risk getting a fine.”

Turns out this species of bottom fish is endangered and illegal to catch from Puget Sound, explained Allen, who quickly released the lucky fish back into the cold water while his dog Merin watched in disbelief.

Allen was the only fisherman I saw at the pier, but he said many will show up as soon as word gets out that lingcod season just opened and people are more successful than he was on this sunny afternoon.


Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.

The Des Moines Marina Pier, one of more than 60 public fishing piers on Puget Sound, stretches 600 feet into the water, providing not only a great place to fish but also to take in breathtaking panoramic views.

It’s the longest pier I’ve encountered so far in the region, and certainly one of the most scenic.