Cleaning your fish mount - Colorado Fishing Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-17-2012, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pueblo
Posts: 146
Send a message via Yahoo to reeltime
Default Cleaning your fish mount

Looking for tips on how to properly clean and care for a skin mount. I have a walleye that hasn't been cleaned in years so she's looking pretty dull. I googled it and see people suggesting everything from simple green to running the whole thing under water and blowing it off with compressed air. None of these sounded like a good idea so maybe someone here knows more than google.
reeltime is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
DonInDurango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 11,877
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I would call a local reputable taxidermist who specializes in fish.



__________________
"About the only thing more secretive than a mackinaw is a mackinaw fisherman...." - Rocky Mtn News 11-4-08
DonInDurango is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pueblo
Posts: 146
Send a message via Yahoo to reeltime
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Quote:
Originally Posted by DonInDenver
I would call a local reputable taxidermist who specializes in fish.
Mount was done in Nebraska by a guy that's passed away or I would have asked him. Any recommendations Don?
reeltime is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
DonInDurango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 11,877
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I think Tony Cannova is still around Denver. He's the best. The last number I had for him is (303) 744-0147.

If that doesn't work, let me know. I may be able to track him down. There was a rumor he might be moving back east.



__________________
"About the only thing more secretive than a mackinaw is a mackinaw fisherman...." - Rocky Mtn News 11-4-08
DonInDurango is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-18-2012, 08:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Lake Skiatook, Ok
Posts: 1,566
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I had a bow mounted years ago by Mike Ross. He did fantastic. He told me to use a feather duster to dust the mount. I have kept up with it by dusting once every few months and it has worked fine. This would be my recommendation.
__________________
Let the legends live on - please release large lakers!
LONGHORN is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 4,786
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Windex
Bronco is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-17-2012, 10:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
GRABABREWSKI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Littleton
Posts: 1,877
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I remember reading somewhere that baby wipes with aloe work to clean old mounts. I don't know how well it works but I figured I'd throw it out there.
__________________
Your life is made of two dates and a dash.
Make the most of the dash!
GRABABREWSKI is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-21-2012, 11:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 25
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Well, here is my .02 worth. Start by brushing with a paint brush to remove as much of the dust as possible. A paint brush has the right amount of stiffness for this job. Reduce the pressure on the brush as you get towards the end of the fins. This will also help to remove it from the rays of the fins, then blow off loose material with some compressed air. Then I would use a damp ( not wet ) cloth and q-tips to remove the more stubborn material. At this point if it meets your satisfaction then stop there. If still dull you can test on backside (not show side) with rubbing alcohol dapmened cloth to see if you get improvement. Make sure after it is dry that you don't have dulling of the clear coat paint. If no ill effects then use on show side. If that doesn't work you can take it to a taxidermist.

I would not use baby wipes because you don't want any residue left behind that dust will stick to that you have to remove later. Also would not put it under water. No real benefit and risks damaging the mount. They are usually just finished with a clear acrylic gloss paint of some sort. The usual process is seal coat, color paint then finish with multiple coats of clear acrylic.

If you are a DIY guy and you want to risk repainting yourself you can mask off the backside leaving about a 1" x 1-1/2" hole in the paper to test for ill effects. If there is no bad paint reaction or color bleeding then you can proceed with the rest of the mount at your own risk. I've used HD clear acrylic for this before and it worked fine.
fishfrnzy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-28-2012, 04:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 681
Default Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Jonas Taxidermy in Broomfield would have the answer for you.
TheUkrainian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Colorado Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fish Cleaning Etiquette fisher.dom Colorado Ice Fishing 15 10-31-2008 11:59 AM
Cleaning fish bollie Colorado Fishing Lounge 15 05-16-2007 08:36 PM
Cleaning Frozen Fish? JohnnyO19 Colorado Ice Fishing 13 01-16-2007 06:31 PM
Cleaning Fish in the Wild Grumpa Colorado Fishing Lounge 14 03-01-2005 09:58 PM

» Forum Search
» Insurance
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL3
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.