Mount or Photos of that Trophy Fish of a Lifetime
No longer is it necessary to kill that trophy fish so you can have it
mounted on the wall or to take photos. Digital Cameras with plenty of
storage for pictures is the new tools of capturing that memory.
Mounting a fish for the wall
Yesterday's skin mounts are becoming a thing of the past. Taxidermy
today is a total art form with fish replicas made from modern fiberglass
and painted to look exactly like the fish that you pulled out of the
water and released to swim again. Not only do they look great, but they
last a lifetime. Shinny clear coats make the fish look wet and lifelike.
Here are some tips to help make your catch come out looking like it's
ready to jump off the wall and pull drag once more...
Photography tips for your fish
*When you catch that fish of a lifetime, don't hesitate to treat it
like it's going to be the one you want on the wall. When it comes
aboard. treat it gently so you don't loose too many scales or the hooks
don't tear. Wash any blood off for photos.
*Good Photos are the cornerstone to having a good mount. Make sure
the sun is shinning on the fish over the shoulder of the photographer.
*Take lots of pictures at all angles and poses, be creative
*Save the lure-If you would rather take a picture then having a
mount, ask to have the picture enlarged and have the lure embedded in
framing beside the picture. It makes a good conversation piece.
*If you plan on mounting the fish, take pictures of the fish's back
and take three close ups of the fish in thirds. Head, Midsection and
tail. And take a photo looking m\nose to nose at the fish preferable
with the mouth slightly open so the taxidermist can paint the replica to
the exact reproduction of the fish.
*Most importantly, be quick with taking photos so the fish can get
back in the water to swim away.
Freezing Your Fillets
If you plan on keeping your fish in the freezer, double
wrap the fillets in plastic wrap or zip lock bags to prevent freezer
burn. Try to spread each package of fillets apart and close to the
cooling element to freeze quickly.
TIP: removing scales is easy with a long handle
wire brush. Look for one with stainless steel bristles to keep from rusting.
TIP: Wash your hands with toothpaste to remove fish
TIP: Freezing Salmon and Trout fillets keep well in a freezer
for about two months. From frozen, thaw fillets in the fridge at
least 12 hours before the meal. It's even better to have the fillets
soak in milk, while thawing. The milk removes the fishy taste.
Recipes for your Catch
Mozzarella Walleye(serves 6)
*2 lbs Walleye Fillets
*Salt and Pepper
*2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
*Minced Clove of Garlic
*2 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
*1 tsp of dried Oregano
*1/2 tsp of Basil
Wash fillets, thin oversized fillets to a thickness no greater then
3/4 inch then pat dry and arrange fillets in a large baking dish that
has is prepared with Pam or other non-stick.
Sprinkle salt and pepper
Mix cheese with garlic and spread evenly over fillets.
Arrange tomato slices on top and finalize with Oregano and Basil.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes
*1 1/2 lbs Rainbow Trout Fillets
*1 sliced Onion
*1 tsp Butter or Margarine
*1 tsp Lemon Juice
*1 tsp Garlic Powder
*1/2 tsp Salary Salt
*Pinch of Dill
*4 sheets of Tin-Foil
Wash fillets and pat down excess moisture. Lightly butter the Tin
Foil sheets with the shinny side up. Place fillets in each Tin Foil
sheet and add Lemon Juice on top of the fillets.
Add Onions followed by all dry ingredients and close (not fold) Tin Foil
around fillet. Put on BBQ at Low/Medium heat and move each bundle
periodically. At 25 minutes check fillet flakes easily with fork.
Gravloc Salmon (serves
*1 (3½ - to 4-pound) center cut of salmon, filleted but with skin left intact
*3 tablespoons peppercorns, preferably white.
*5 tablespoons sugar
*3 tablespoons salt, preferably kosher salt
*2 to 3 bunches (about 1/4 pound) dill sprigs
Carefully run the fingers over the
boned surface of the fillet. Use a pair of pliers or tweezers to pull out and remove
any bones that may remain. Discard the bones.
Put the peppercorns on a flat surface and crush them coarsely with a mallet or
the bottom of a clean skillet. Or crush them in a mortar. Put the pepper in a small
bowl and add the sugar and salt.
Cut the salmon fillet in half crosswise and place the 2 halves skin side down in
one layer. Sprinkle evenly with the salt
Make a generous layer of dill sprigs over the bottom of a flat dish large enough
to hold 1 salmon fillet compactly. Place 1
fillet skin side down on the dill. Cover with a generous amount of dill. Place the
other salmon piece skin side up over the layer of dill. Cover closely with plastic
Place a smaller flat dish on top of the salmon and add weights, about 10
pounds. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove the weights and the top dish from the salmon. Carefully turn over the
double-salmon "package," leaving the dill
layer at the bottom. Cover with plastic wrap, the top dish and the weights and
refrigerate a second time.
Repeat this 2 or 3 times during a 12 to 24 hour period.
When ready to serve, scrape away all the dill and pat the salmon halves dry.
Carve each piece on the diagonal into thin
slices, cutting away the skin. Serve with mustard sauce.