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Old 01-26-2010, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm heading to Kissammee FL. at the end of Feb. for what I hope is the bass of a lifetime. Planning on fishing Lake Toho and the Kissammee chain as well as maybe hitting Stickmarsh 13 for that double digit bass. Stickmarsh is C&R only. What are your opinions on fish mounts? I currently have my PB skin mount above my fireplace, a 6lb+ from Kentucky Lake. If I am fortunate enough to catch a 10lb+ fish from the Kissammee chain do I harvest the fish or CPR and get a reproduction? I have heard that the odds of a bass getting over 10lbs are about 1 in 30 million, but it's a Double Digit bass. All the reproductions I've seen look like reproductions. Let me also say I do practice C&R except when my freezer is out of fish or if I catch a wallhanger.
Fishart, I'm curious about your opinion also.
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I would go for the reproduction. The bass and yourself win on that day. Fish mounts have not been all that important to me but I can understand their importance to others. The key is to find someone who will do the reporduction correctly based on the fish you caught. I do not know what reproductions you seen but many public ones are probably generic and are not made to look specific to a fish caught.
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I think skin mounts are still cheaper than the replicas. I do like the skin mounts better than the replicas. However, I had a walleye replica done for my father a couple Christmases back. Marty did a **** of a job.
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The most important decision is not skin or graphite it's the artist you choose. If every reproduction you've seen looks like a reproduction, the guys who did the work were not very good. A good reproduction looks like it could swim right off the mount.
There are a lot of guys to choose from when picking a taxidermist. Make sure you see samples of his work. A good mount from a quality artist will cost you. Don't pick someone because of price. You will get what you pay for. Visit web sites of guys who compete and win taxidermy competitions.
Graphite reproductions will outlast a skin mount and look better years down the road.
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I have a taxidermist who has done 3 skin mounts for me which I am very satisfied with. The reproductions I have seen look "fake". Maybe I expect too much. I guess when I look at a mount I see a "mold" that was airbrushed. It might just be me and my expectations.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It really depends on the artist...replicas are the sensible choice.
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I have a taxidermist who has done 3 skin mounts for me which I am very satisfied with. The reproductions I have seen look "fake". Maybe I expect too much. I guess when I look at a mount I see a "mold" that was airbrushed. It might just be me and my expectations.
I totally agree Joe!
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Visit www.taxidermy.net and look at the forums. Find the fish taxidermy forum, and look at "Fish of the week" pics. You'll see the best fish artists in the country. They make replicas that you would not believe.

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I would only do a skin mount if you caught it towards the end of the trip. Even with the best care a dead fish is going to get knicked and dinged up during transport, may loose some color. I'd go for the reproduction, find a good artist, get a good pic and measure length+girth.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Spend the money. I have seen really bad replica and skin mounts that people have tried to go cheap with.

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I'm heading to Kissammee FL. at the end of Feb. for what I hope is the bass of a lifetime. Planning on fishing Lake Toho and the Kissammee chain as well as maybe hitting Stickmarsh 13 for that double digit bass.
I fished Toho in October, great lake, good luck! Im going down to hit Lake Tarpon at the end of March.
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