Trophy fish is the type of thing that makes you proud of being an angler. Any angler dreams of the day when they will catch that legendary fish that will show everyone their outstanding skill. In a previous post, we talked about what to do with your trophy fish, and now I want to share with you some information on the best ways of preserving your trophies so they last a lifetime.
Get a quality mount
There is no other way around this. You will need a quality mount, if you want your trophy fish to last. Also, do keep in mind the prep work so that your fish does not end up looking like something for a D rated horror movie. Fish must be mounted when it is fresh. Do not make the mistake of putting the fish in the fridge, as the burn signs that will appear on its fins will definitely ruin its looks. A good idea would be to have a mount at your disposal, as fish must be as fresh as possible when mounted. To keep it in good shape, grab a damp towel and wrap the fish in it.
Keep your mounted fish out of direct sunlight
UV rays are the worst enemy a mounted trophy fish can have. The sun rays have the ability to make the color fade and you will notice the signs when it is already too late. The ideal place for your trophy should be in an area where the sun does not easily reach. Also, make sure to dust often, or the dust molecules will start to gather and they will damage the look on your fish.
Pick your show side
When you are prepping your trophy fish, pick the show side that looks best. This side should be as close to perfection as possible. Search for scales missing, as well as signs of scratching and other markings that it will mar the beauty of your trophy fish. Make sure that you keep your trophy fish separated from all the other fish you have in your fish box. During transportation, pay extra attention so that the trophy fish does not get scratched or anything similar.