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#1204272 - 02/27/09 12:55 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
mike243
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why would anybody want something to look diffrent than what they caught/killed?,are you 1 of those look what i turned loose today so were going out to dinner types are you \:\) ,sorry could'nt help my self,im just glad we all have somewhere to wet our feet,the way things are changing we will miss these times some day,mike243
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#1204307 - 02/27/09 01:15 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
 Originally Posted By: stik
to me a reproduction would be no different than taking a picture of a deer and then having a mount made. it just ain't the same.

That doesn't make sense to me, they always look better, they last longer, and the difference b/w that and a deer picture is you actually caught the fish, you didn't just take a picture. Are you one of those that isn't successful unless something comes home so you can show the family \:\)


and i could have shot the deer with a rifle instead of a camera. i still see no difference. i release ALOT more fish than i keep.
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#1204354 - 02/27/09 01:48 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
stik
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i have a rainbow on the wall that was mounted in the early 90's. it looks just like it did when i pulled it out of the river. a good taxidermist can make a skin mount that will look as good as any repro and will last a lifetime.
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#1204456 - 02/27/09 03:05 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
B.D.
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I have seen taxidermists who do very good skin mounts and very bad. Same with reproductions. Either way, make sure you see examples of the taxidermist's work before you make your choice. Taxidermy is an art, and some have a lot more talent than others.

I have a couple skin mounts, but I wouldn't have any misgivings about getting a repro mount.

There is not that much of your "original fish" left with a skin mount anyway. The body shape on a skin mount isn't necessarily the same - it's skin stretched over a molded form. The color isn't necessarily the same - depends on how talented a painter the taxidermist is. Etc., etc.

bd


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#1204459 - 02/27/09 03:08 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
B.D.
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As far as c&r sections on the Clinch or any other river, I think it is better to just have reasonable regulations for the whole river.

Trout migrate from place to place throughout the year, so a fish that grows big in a "trophy zone" is just as likely to swim upstream or downstream and get harvested somewhere else. Plus, it is inconvenient for people who want to float a long stretch of river and keep a few fish along the way.

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#1204513 - 02/27/09 03:52 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
gil1
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On mounts - I did a story on this exact thing a couple years ago. I can't remember exactly how many, but I interviewd about a dozen well-known southeastern taxidermists. Because it is so much easier, looks better, and lasts longer these days, the taxidermists don't want to deal with skin mounts anymore (their words). Obviously, the saltwater taxis had mostly done away with the skin mounts a long time ago.

Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds. As BD said, not much of a skin mount is actually the fish.

Here's the sad part. Those taxidermists took the fish, photod it, measured it, and chunked it in the ditch for the coons. What a waste of a fine trophy.

My point is this. If you have to kill your trophy, at least eat it because your taxidermist is probably going to chunk it anyway.
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#1204560 - 02/27/09 04:36 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
mike243
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every body wants it the easy way & try to convince others that thier way is the best way \:\) ,i dont have any fish mounted & with the taxi attitude like that i never will,still going to eat a few a year just cause i can \:\) ,the only fish i would like to have had mounted was a 24" large mouth,probaly never hang another like that but i keep trying,mike243
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#1204917 - 02/27/09 08:37 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
B.D.
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds.


I'm surprised. I know a lot of taxidermists who still do skin mounts. Most taxis I know do both.

Fifteen years ago, a lot of the fiberglass repros looked like hell. The realism is getting better all the time though.

I have a couple skin mounts, but if I catch another big fish I want on the wall, I'll probably get a photo and do a repro mount.

bd

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#1204967 - 02/27/09 08:55 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
rutnstrut2
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If you all remember a few years ago the clinch did have a trophy area but did away with it because they wanted to be able to guide the river. If you fish the clinch alot like I do most of the fish youare going to catch is a stocker but they are some good fish what I feel like they are tring to do is is the fish makes it threw a year from stock they give them a few years before they can be caught agian. I love to fish the river I think the slot is good and bad but what is worse is seeing some guys fishing from the bank and taking about fifty or so fish home with them no matter the size that is what gets me hot I called the warden on two last year over this. Those limits are there for a reason for my son to catch some fish when he gets big enough to wade with me!
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#1205093 - 02/27/09 09:39 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
rutnstrut2
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I am not saying it was anyones fault I did not get to fish it but some of my friends said the trophy area was great a they cought some 28-40 in man what I would do to hook into something like that!
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