You've caught some of the largest, most impressive fish, but no one ever believes you. They end up scoffing and call your stories tall fish tales. You can permanently prove them wrong if you preserve your best catch with taxidermy. Bringing the taxidermist a beat-up and half-decomposed fish isn't going to work, however. Follow these tips if you need to store a fish for the process.
Tips & Warnings
If you are unable to deliver the fish to the taxidermist for some time, keep the fish alive in a bucket of water for as long as possible. Once the fish is dead, decomposition begins immediately, even if the signs are not immediately apparent.
If you have to ship the fish to the taxidermist, use a Styrofoam box with freezer packs, and keep the fish wrapped in a soft towel. Also use an expedited delivery service.
Use a cold, wet towel, not a hot, wet towel to wrap your fish. You can even store the towel in the cooler to keep it cool while you're waiting to catch your fish.
Never clean, gut or scale a fish you want to have mounted. Leave the full fish intact.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.