How to Preserve a Fish for Mounting? [6 Steps with Pro Tips]

how to preserve a fish for mountingIt is awesome to catch the fish in the mountainside. Right? You may eat the fish after catching the fish. But what happens if you want to preserve the fish? We know that fish is not easy to preserve. It is also tricky when your home is not near to you, and you don’t have any tools to preserve it.

So, how to preserve a fish for mounting? It isn’t very easy to say the exact answer because you need to complete some steps to preserve your fish perfectly. Whatever these steps are coming for expert fishers who are camping in mountainside several times. So, let’s check out the steps properly and preserve your fish.

How to Preserve a Fish for Mounting? (5 Steps Need to Follow)

Preserving fish method various in different fish such as sea fish, mountainside fish, and other. It also depends on the weather, PH, warm, and cold season. Whatever in this section, I will share a universal method with you to preserve the fish.

Note, this process helps you preserve your fish for around 2 to 4 weeks naturally. I hope that this time is enough for you to preserve your fish.

Step 1: Photograph Your Fish Quickly

First of all, you should take photos from different angles of your fish. You may know that the fish color, skin, and other elements gradually change after some time. Once the fish out of the water, you should complete your photography as soon as possible.

Step 2: Table of the Tape with Fish

The second thing is that you should take some measurements because you may not know if something goes wrong. A taxidermist can be created an accurate replica if you think that it is needed for you. You should measure the fish from nose to tail. Of course, you need to measure length, not width.

Well, the next measurement you should do is girth. Now wrap the tape around the fish fattiest area of the fish.

Step 3: Wet & Cool

You may know that preserving fish with ice is very important. Keep your fish on ice. Note, you should keep one fish to another maintain a minimum distance so that the fish skin is not damaged. Don’t forget to keep your fish in a wet area (it is very important to do).

Step 4: Wrap Your Fish

Keep some towel paper with you and wrap the fish after fishing and complete the above steps. Towel paper is fish skin-friendly, so you don’t need to worry about your fish skin damage issues. If you also have your home, you can also use the same method to wrap your fish perfectly.

Step 5: bag Your Fish

Run water over the fish while you wrap your fish with towel paper. Moreover, it would help if you placed it in an air-tight plastic bag for long-time preservation. However, if you want to freeze your fish, then you also need to apply wet conditions to your fish.

Watch this video to get more information

Some Pro Tips for You

  • You should towel paper for getting the best result
  • Don’t keep your fish open air when your fish is dry.
  • Of course, keep your fish in wet condition.
  • As soon as possible, freeze your fish (if you do, then you can keep nearly 2 to 3 months comfortably)

FAQs (Frequently Ask Questions)

Q: How do you preserve a fish before mounting?

A: You can follow the above steps; you wrapped your fish in wet towel paper and sealed it in a tight plastic bag. After that, you can ice it or refrigerate it as soon as possible. The process is very simple to do, and you can follow the same process without any issues.

Q: How much does it cost to mount a fish?

A: If your fish is bass, mountain, and some other mount types fish, then you may need to cost 11 to 15/inch USD. You can also reduce the cost to follow the above process without any hesitation.

Final Words

Overall, if you are a lover of fishing and/or wanted to preserve the fish for your mountain camping or catch the fish and want to preserve it as soon as possible, you can check out the above steps properly.

In 2018, I was going on a mountain trip with my family, and I had a great problem preserving the fish; and after that, I used the above method. Believe me, it works nicely, and you can comfortably use the method. Note, the process is also cost-efficient, so you never need to pay extra money yourself.

The cost you may pay for each fish and inch size nearly 7 to 10 USD dollars. I hope that you enjoy this article a lot and now you can easily preserve your fish.

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