You’ve finally caught the fish of your dreams, and you’re contemplating buying a replica fish mount. The logistics of getting it stuffed don’t make sense (see our article on why replicas are better) and you’ve decided a replica will do just fine, but how much do replica fish mounts cost?
Some of your friends have spent thousands taking their fish to the taxidermist or having a replica made. Do you really need to spend that much for a quality replica?
Luckily, the answer is no!
There are plenty of affordable options to pick from online. The cheapest options we’ve found start at around $30 depending on the kind of fish you want.
In general, the bigger the fish the more expensive the replica. Here are some examples of replica fish mounts at increasing price points to get a sense of how much replica fish mounts cost.
LX Replica Fish Mounts ($30 to $60)
LX replicas are low detail, hand-painted fish replicas. Most are of smaller fish such as trout, bass, salmon, or skipjack. These replicas could be perfect for a game room or a temporary theme party. Since they’re only around $30 to $50, the detail of the painting is entry-level.
Authors Note: They’ll look great on your wall, but aren’t as sophisticated as more expensive options. They are a good choice if you’re looking to casually decorate a room or add ambiance to a restaurant.
Cabela’s Replica Fish Mounts ($100 to $400)
Did you know Cabela’s Sports Outfitters sells replica fish mounts? Now you do!
The Cabela’s replica fish mounts start at around $100 for smaller fish (bass, trout, etc.) and go up to $400 for larger trophy fish (such as marlin, sailfish, etc.). Their quality is much higher than LX, but still not as detailed as more expensive replica fish mounts. They’re great for both indoor and outdoor mounting.
Mount This Fish Company ($200 – $1,000)
Mount This Fish Company has one of the largest selections of fish mounts we’ve seen online.
If you can catch it, they have a replica fish mount of it. Smaller fish (pike, salmon, etc.) start at around $200, while bigger fish (marlin, tarpon, etc.) go up to around $1,000. Details are higher than LX and Cabela and even rival other more expensive options.
King Sailfish Mounts ($300 – $1,500)
King Sailfish Mounts is another great option for a wide variety of replica fish mounts.
King Sailfish Mounts specialize in larger ocean trophy fish (marlin, sailfish, tuna, etc.) but also have several freshwater options (such as rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and pike). A little pricier than Mount This Fish Company, but the attention to detail is excellent.
Global Fish Mounts ($300 – $1,500)
Global Fish Mounts is a third great option for detailed, pricier replica fish mounts. Their selection is a little smaller than King Sailfish Mounts and Mount This Fish Company, but their prices and attention to detail are competitive. Smaller fish start at $300, while bigger ones go up to $1,500.
Steps to Take After Catching a Trophy Fish
So, you just landed a trophy fish, and it’s a fish that you want to get turned into a replica mount, if you want your replica to be as close to the fish you are about to release there are a few things you need to do.
The first step before releasing your trophy fish is to take good measurements, these measurements should be both length and girth measurements.
Length Measurements are easy and straightforward, but for the girth measurement, you’re going to want a ribbon-style tape like a tailor uses.
Pro tip: To accurately measure the girth you will want to wrap the ribbon tape around the fish and position it at the widest spot on the fish from back to belly.
Make sure the tape is relatively snug, write down the measurement, and send the fish back home.
If possible try to make the girth measurement with the fish in the net or live well, as laying the fish on boat carpeting or a dry surface will remove the slime coating and can cause serious harm and even death after release.
Authors note: You probably already plan on taking photos, and this is a big help if you hire a taxidermist to do the replica, a taxidermist can use very clear and detailed photos to replicate any markings, scars, or other unique features.
Is that empty space on the wall in your game room calling to you?
Are you ready to pull the trigger on a replica fish mount?
Now you know how much replica fish mounts cost and what your options are. Whether you’re looking for a fun and affordable memento or a centerpiece to your man cave, there’s a replica fish mount for you.
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