Filed Under (Fish Taxidermy) by Robert Holloway on 18-02-2010

I just caught a 21-inch Large Mouth Bass and want to get it mounted. I’ve never gotten a fish mounted before…Thanks for your time and answers…..

The only thing I would add is be sure and get a set of measurements before freezing. And WRITE them down!!! They (Fish) will shrink when frozen! 98% of mounted fish today are cast totally from fiberglass moulds that are custom made based on measurements supplied to the Taxidermist beforehand.Most modern Taxiudermist’s don’t even use the original fish skin anyway………
I have 32 different mounts total in my home and shop, and they are all cast professionally. Can’t tell them from the REAL thing….They were all made on my measurements, along with the fish (frozen) !



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5 Comments posted on "How to prepare a fish for the taxidermy?"
pockethotrod on February 18th, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

empty out the organs, then bathe it in some chemical?

I think this article explains it better:
http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Taxidermy-on-Animals
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blessed1 on February 18th, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

Here’s step by step instructions. Good Luck =)
http://www.silverdoctortaxidermy.com/SDTips.htm
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exert-7' on February 18th, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

Wrap fish in a wet towel or T-shirt and then bagged in a plastic bag so it does not get freezer burn, then freeze it. Leave the fish fully intact. The taxidermist will do all necessary removal of entrails, eyes, gills. If you have a color photo be sure to include it so taxidermist may recreate coloration as the fish was while living. Fish will not retain their original color once dead.
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FishSteelhead on February 18th, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

Once again, Mr. exert has, "hit the nail on the head" with his response ;)
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JD on February 18th, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

The only thing I would add is be sure and get a set of measurements before freezing. And WRITE them down!!! They (Fish) will shrink when frozen! 98% of mounted fish today are cast totally from fiberglass moulds that are custom made based on measurements supplied to the Taxidermist beforehand.Most modern Taxiudermist’s don’t even use the original fish skin anyway………
I have 32 different mounts total in my home and shop, and they are all cast professionally. Can’t tell them from the REAL thing….They were all made on my measurements, along with the fish (frozen) !
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