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#7157049 - 05/01/18 05:40 PM Fish mounting
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Registered: 02/16/08
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Loc: Aledo, Texas
I assume the taxidermistís on the hunting forum know about mounting fish as well. I have some huge crappie in one of my lakes that I fish that I want to get mounted. A friend told me the other day that you actually donít mount the actual fish anymore that you take measurements and they are made for you. Is this correct?
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#7157148 - 05/01/18 07:14 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
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Depends if you want a skin or replica mount done. If you want to release the fish then replica is the way to go. If you keep it then a skin mount is possible. The replicas will last forever while the skin mounts can deteriorate over time.

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#7157212 - 05/01/18 08:19 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
Barasingha Offline
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I caught a nice Bluegill in LA when I lived there. I wanted a skin mount. It took a little more looking and was a little more expensive, but if that is what you want, places can be found. Unfortunately I donít know anywhere here in TX.

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#7157343 - 05/01/18 11:25 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
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Catch, measure and release. Have replicas made 2cents
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#7157353 - 05/01/18 11:55 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: 2Beez]
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Originally Posted By: 2Beez
Catch, measure and release. Have replicas made 2cents


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#7158438 - 05/02/18 10:30 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
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Registered: 10/21/16
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Loc: Bowie / Crowell, TX
In addition to taking measurements, Take photos of your fish to help the taxidermist recreate the fish you caught.
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#7158475 - 05/03/18 12:06 AM Re: Fish mounting [Re: Pappybear]
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Originally Posted By: Pappybear
In addition to taking measurements, Take photos of your fish to help the taxidermist recreate the fish you caught.

Very good point.
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#7158709 - 05/03/18 09:09 AM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
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replica mounts look better than skin mounts if done by a pro artist
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#7159328 - 05/03/18 05:02 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: Buzzsaw]
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What kind of prices am I looking out doing a replica mount?
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#7159481 - 05/03/18 07:09 PM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
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Replica mounts for fish are the way to go. Why? Unlike deer, the skin has to be painted over anyway. And the skin still has to go on a form, so the right form that mimics the size/shape of the fish must be found anyway - just like with a replica. So the skin/fins really mean nothing.

Plus they last longer.

Make good photos and measurements. Itís been a while since I had any done, seems like $400-500 was the price. I used Lake Fork Taxidermy. I was really happy with one mount they did and not so thrilled with another. Itís all about the skill of the particular artist and their detail in actually re-creating your exact fish rather than just doing a generic one on a generic form.

This one I was very pleased with:



This one not so much, the colors were dull and listless, not to mention the colored dots on a brownie are orange, not maroon (maybe the artist was an Aggie) confused2 :




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#7162436 - 05/07/18 05:20 AM Re: Fish mounting [Re: DWADR]
Redhead1 Offline
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Registered: 02/22/06
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It is still a customers choice, skin or replica. Even catch and release fish die. Good quality skin mounts last lifetimes+. I carve almost all my own bodies and paint from your pictures so I don't order bodies nor paint from schedules. Skin mounts are becoming a dying art. There are so many molders popping up and availability of replicas is everywhere. I use many! Try and find a form for a gar, bowfin or gaspergoo.....the bow guys appreciate carved bodies!


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#7164869 - 05/09/18 10:25 AM Re: Fish mounting [Re: Redhead1]
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Registered: 01/08/18
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I still need to get down to Temple with my Rainbow

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