|Posted on August 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM|
As soon as you get off the water put your fish on ice. If possible put any fish you plan to mount into a plastic bag. Ideally you don't want the fish sitting in water after it has expired. This typically causes the fish to absorb water and can cause the scales to fall out.
Your best bet is to get your fish to the taxidermist as soon possible. If you are able to deliver within a day after your catch, keep the fish on ice.
If it will be several weeks, simply wrap the fish tightly in a plastic trash bag and freeze.
If you need to wait any longer, you really should wrap the fish in a wet towel and then put into the trash bag. Make sure the towel is really wet as this helps prevent freezer burn. This process also helps stabilize and secure the tail fin. Please do not use newspaper.
When you are ready to have the fish mounted, make arrangements to deliver to taxidermist but keep the fish frozen and wrapped as noted above.
Categories: Taxidermy Tips - Fish