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Admire Your Special Catch for Generations with Taxidermy

Hello Fishermen,

I get asked a lot of questions about taxidermy, and would like to compile some information for you.  Taxidermy has really evolved into an art form, and completed trophies that are being produced presently are truly beautiful.  Please allow me to expound on some details.

A common myth is that a fish is going to have to die before it can be “mounted”.  It is true that on some fish the actual skin is used, but this is not entirely necessary.  A very common form of fish taxidermy is for the taxidermist to use a fiberglass blank that very closely replicates the angler’s fish.  All that is needed is for an angler to measure the length and girth of a fish, take some close up pictures, and then release the fish.  Wildlife artists are able to accurately produce a trophy that very closely matches what you actually caught.  This technique is very favorable as 1) the fish doesn’t have to die and 2) there is no real time limit as to when the fish has to be replicated.  If you have a picture of a fish you caught 20 years ago and want a fiberglass mount of that fish, this is easily done.

Sometimes it is more desirable to use the actual fish.  This technique is called a “skin mount”, in which the actual fish is skinned, preserved, and mounted on a form of some sort.  I have found that freshwater fish are more favorable for this technique, such as largemouth bass.  For a quality skin mount, I recommend that the angler takes pictures immediately after catching the fish, and placing it in a cooler with ice.  Try and lay the fish as flat as possible, and be careful to not damage any fins, or pull off any scales.  A small trick in preserving the color would be to coat the fish in borax prior to placing it in the cooler.

One last point of discussion I’d like to mention is that old trophies can be restored.  I have personally restored fish mounts that are approaching 30 years old.  If you have a special mount that needs some repair, it is very possible to restore it to new condition.

If you have other questions about taxidermy, please look at my website,, email me at, or give me a call at 239 821 3141.  Thank you and good luck this season.

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