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#1205813 - 02/28/09 09:24 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
Kimberman
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
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.




It couldnt be because the fiberglass mounts cost 2-3 times more than a skin mount so the taxidermist makes more money could it?
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#1205834 - 02/28/09 09:38 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: Kimberman]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: gil1
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.




It couldnt be because the fiberglass mounts cost 2-3 times more than a skin mount so the taxidermist makes more money could it?

I thought the same thing, but it's not true. At least not totally. Just for fun, I did a price comparison for the article. It cost $6 more for a replica between all those taxidermists than the same skin mount they used to do. The price is going down and has been for years. It wouldn't surprise me if it cost less than a skin mount now. My own taxidermist charges less because of the time and labor involved in skin mounts.

Unless your opinion is that it's just not the same as the real fish, I can't think of a benefit. They just look so much better than they used to, cost is not a factor, and they last so much longer. JMO. To each his won, though.
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#1205859 - 02/28/09 09:57 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
stik
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well, with the slot limit, if i want that 16 inch brookie mount, i will go the LEGAL route. hopefully, in the tailwater environment, they will get to 20 inches and bigger. i expect the state record to be broken in the next 3-5 yrs, either from the clinch or the caney fork. but i still think 20 inch fish will be very rare.
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#1205947 - 02/28/09 10:30 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
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OMG!!! the sky is falling. you agree with me?? \:D

maybe our paths will cross on the river one day.

good fishin!
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#1206068 - 02/28/09 11:08 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
Chris Tripp
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
A reproduction mount looks exactly like the fish you caught. More so then some sorry arse skin mount which in 10 years looks horrible. Not all are sorry arse, so don't get bent out of shape. Even if you kill the fish, a repro is still a better option IMO.

BTW someone said something about heritage: One of the great sportsmen of this country said "A gamefish is to valuable to only be caught once."


Too many fish to worry about that. I have no problem with anyone wanting to eat them, heck I do and could care less who it pisses off.

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#1206139 - 02/28/09 11:39 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: Chris Tripp]
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Brown trout reproduction done locally in Knoxville by a friend. This is his second brown. He did an incredible brookie, as well as unbelievable bass.

PS. Fish was caught 1992 on the North Fork White with a 4# tippet (5x), and a small fly. Released unharmed.

Chris. I don't think anybody cares how many you eat. (I know I kill the crap out of saltwater fish), but I do and I know you probably do as well stay within the slots and limits so that all can enjoy the resource. With local, state, and national budgets the way they are, fisheries and wildlife, and therefore raising trout, will be on the bottom of the list.


Edited by 7mm08 (02/28/09 11:54 AM)
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#1206508 - 02/28/09 03:13 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: 7mm08]
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Man, what a pig! Beautiful trout and mount!
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#1208341 - 03/01/09 03:58 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: mike243]
CamohunterAGAIN
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if you want to mount a fish you don't really need the fish... get a pic and measurements and have a replica made... it'll last longer and they look as real or even better than the real deal...
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#1208438 - 03/01/09 04:52 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: CamohunterAGAIN]
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 Originally Posted By: CamohunterAGAIN
if you want to mount a fish you don't really need the fish... get a pic and measurements and have a replica made... it'll last longer and they look as real or even better than the real deal...


if you will read the rest of this thread, you will see my thoughts on this.
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