View Full Version : How to Store before Taxidermist gets it!!

04-29-2007, 09:14 PM
My Daughter caught near a 3 pound Crappie today, I was interested in having it mounted for her... How do I store the fish before I get to a Taxidermist... Who would be a good Taxidermist to go to?

Jamey Brown

04-29-2007, 09:19 PM
What I have done is wrap the fish in plastic, making sure the fins are kept flat and straight. Freeze overnight then flip the fish over on the other side to make sure it is fully frozen thru. If it will be awhile before it goes to the taxidermist, wrap it in newspaper to prevent it from becoming freezer-burnt. This has always worked for me and everyone else I know.

04-29-2007, 09:31 PM
Wrap in plastic first then wrap newspaper around it?

04-29-2007, 09:36 PM
Correct, The newspaper will bleed the ink onto the fish, and my taxidermist doesn't care for that.

04-29-2007, 09:51 PM

04-29-2007, 09:52 PM
Nice crappie, what was the length?

04-29-2007, 09:57 PM
17 inches from mouth to end of tail, and 9 1/2 across top of back fin to bottom of fin, and mouth was 3 inches opened from top of mouth to bottom of mouth!!!

04-29-2007, 10:04 PM
Nice crappie, The biggest for me has been a 17 1/4 inch. I have had bigger on but never a net. I fish with 9-foot jigging rods and there is no swinging them in the boat:confused:

04-29-2007, 10:13 PM
Me and My Daughter was fishing in a little ole john boat, fishing side beside around some good stick ups, I threw out something knocked my floater plum out of the water, I assumed it was a nice size bass!! We caught a few more 9 to 10 inch crappie, then bam she was fighting it, she said dad I think I'm hung up she kept reeling and the drag was slipping, then I seen the side of it turn up and said dang girl you caught a nice bass, then it come up where I could see it real good, and said man that a nice crappie, she was so excited, thats all that mattered to me! Just think I drug here off her computer to go with me, and she had one of the best fishing trips she has ever had!!

04-29-2007, 10:23 PM
That's a good question. I have some friends that are taxidermists and they say that wrapping directly in newspaper is a bad idea. The newsprint can lift off and transfer onto the fish.
Here is how I put fish up for mounting. This is just my idea so try it if you want. The main thing is to protect the fins from getting broken while frozen. I vaccuum pack mine but you can also wrap them in a wet towel when caught to protect their fins and scales from damage. Put them directly on ice and freeze towel and all in a tightly wrapped plastic trash bag when you get home.


I put a few measurements on the cardboard protecting the fins for my information and this is not neccessary to the taxidermist. He will do his own measurements as it depends on where he orders his crappie form from.



04-29-2007, 10:32 PM
Hey MDB, That is one fine slab to get mounted! The fins look perfect, no damage that I can see. Those are the kind that taxidermist love to take in!:)

04-29-2007, 10:38 PM
Any recommendations where to take it and get it mounted? In Missouri..

04-29-2007, 10:42 PM
Ask to see some of their crappie that they have mounted or at least some pictures. A crappie is one of the more delicate fish to mount due to ease of scale loss but a good taxidermist knows how to deal with it.:)

04-30-2007, 07:10 AM
my taxidermist recommends covering it with borax before freezing - it helps set the scales and maintain color patterns, then wrap in a wet towel, and seal the fish in a plastic bag then freeze.

It's also a real good idea to provide your taxidermist with a good photo of the fish. They have to paint them, and if they've got a good photo to work from, it will turn out better.

04-30-2007, 11:41 AM
Does the taxidermist use any part of the original fish?

04-30-2007, 11:24 PM
All that they use is the skin with the fins attached. They replace the eyes and body with glass eyes and a foam body. Then the fish has to be airbrushed back to it's original colors.

05-01-2007, 12:34 AM
In a fish that is on a smaller scale in size (not saying yours is) but compared to a bass or catfish it is, I have had crappie freezed dried by a taxidermist. Most fish are too big to freeze dry. They take the gut out and stuff it with a cotton filler and the eyes come out and are replaced with glass eyes. This leaves the entire fish except for gut and eyes intact. It is the best way I have seen done and there is actually very little shrinkage.