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#11539141 - 04/13/16 07:58 AM Replica mount pricing
Bissett Offline
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Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 4006
Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
What is about the average cost to get a replica mount done? I caught my PB last fall, weighed it, took a couple pictures and released her back into Lake Sardis. I was so excited I didn't even think about taking any measurements. I have some pictures where I can probably get a good idea of the length. I hear they can measure my arm and scale it that way to get a good idea as well.

Thanks!
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#11539177 - 04/13/16 08:09 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 43072
Loc: Houston, TX
Around $400. More if you want to add a bunch of habitat and baitfish.
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#11539235 - 04/13/16 08:25 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Jpurdue Offline
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Registered: 04/28/14
Posts: 702
Loc: NW Houston
There are formulas used to calculate the weight of LMB that are pretty darn accurate. WEIGHT = LENGTH x GIRTH2 / SHAPE FACTOR. The shape factor constant ranges from 800-1100, depending on the shape of your fish. Plug in the weight and a guesstimate for length or girth and you can solve for the remaining variable, it'll get you darn close.
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#11539422 - 04/13/16 09:15 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Transplant Offline
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Registered: 07/23/07
Posts: 916
Loc: Cedar City, Utah
I was very fortunate to catch a 10.88lb on Lake Fork in the late 90's. Had a replica mount made. To this day it looks BRAND NEW and real!!! A buddy has an old skin mount looks TERRIBLE!! Replicas worth the $$$$$$
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#11539425 - 04/13/16 09:15 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Transplant Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/07
Posts: 916
Loc: Cedar City, Utah
I was very fortunate to catch a 10.88lb on Lake Fork in the late 90's. Had a replica mount made. To this day it looks BRAND NEW and real!!! A buddy has an old skin mount looks TERRIBLE!! Replicas worth the $$$$$$
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10 pounds 2 oz.(Pat Mayse)
10.88 lbs PB (Lake Fork)
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#11539456 - 04/13/16 09:24 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
musiclife_7 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1204
Loc: Wylie, TX
If I remember right it was around $12-17 per inch of length last time I checked. It ranges due to girth. If you are outside of this range, you might look around more.
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#11539472 - 04/13/16 09:29 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Chris G Offline
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Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 1673
Loc: Frisco, TX
Originally Posted By: Bissett
What is about the average cost to get a replica mount done? I caught my PB last fall, weighed it, took a couple pictures and released her back into Lake Sardis. I was so excited I didn't even think about taking any measurements. I have some pictures where I can probably get a good idea of the length. I hear they can measure my arm and scale it that way to get a good idea as well.

Thanks!


A good taxidermist is an artist and if you have the weight and some good pics, they can figure out the rest. They can range anywhere from $250 to $600 just for the fish and maybe 1 piece of drift wood. If you start adding in other features the price obviously goes up. I've had 3 done from 2 different companies and one thing I can tell you is that a quality mount is going to be a good 4-10 month wait. If you have any other questions please feel free to send me a PM
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#11539596 - 04/13/16 10:01 AM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7751
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Chris gave you some good info above.

It really isn't that critical that you have exact measurements of your fish to get a great replica. Any good taxidermist has done dozens if not hundreds of fish in the 10-12# range. Some fish are short & fat while others are longer & thinner. They can get fiberglass blanks for all fish body types. Show them a pic and tell them what it weighed. They can figure out the rest.

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#11540016 - 04/13/16 12:34 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
BAMABASS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 740
Loc: Carrollton, TX USA
I caught my PB a few years ago at Fork 10.2. I measured and took pictures and had the brothers at Lake Fork Taxi. do a replica and the cost was $400
It still looks great and I would have them do another one.
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#11540329 - 04/13/16 02:42 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
fisherman2012 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 41
I had a replica of a 10 pounder done at lake fork taxidermy there by the lake fork marina several years ago and it turned out really good they did a beautiful job if I catch another worth doing I will let them do it again

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#11540492 - 04/13/16 04:00 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Okie Poke Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 14156
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Lake Fork Taxidermy charged me $450 for a replica of an 11.81 with a piece of driftwood and gold nameplate. Turned out awesome!!
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#11540501 - 04/13/16 04:03 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Pumadon Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 1089
Loc: Royse City, Texas
Lake Fork Taxidermy is now Fish Replicas. I have had 2 done by them and they are both beautiful. 1 from Fork and 1 from Palestine both over 11 lbs. Seems like they were around $400. Call Charlene at Fish Replicas and she will be very helpful. Phone #903-765-9999. They will do any type mount you want. I have one standard open mouth with bait in mouth on driftwood. The other more of a habitat mount with a closed mouth looking at the bait.
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#11540705 - 04/13/16 06:11 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
Hole Shot Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/15/12
Posts: 810
Loc: Dallas, TX
Bissett,

Yes you can still get it done. I gave Bev's Creations @ Lake Fork pics, the length and a bait. She estimated girth. It turned out GREAT! All within the price range mentioned above.

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#11540860 - 04/13/16 07:33 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: Bissett]
ChickenRancher Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/17/15
Posts: 71
Loc: Yantis, Texas, USA
Bev's work should be in the Smithsonian! Call around for prices of course, but Bev has the best work -- of course, IMHO. Way to go on the PB.

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#11541205 - 04/13/16 09:24 PM Re: Replica mount pricing [Re: ChickenRancher]
Happykamper Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 7379
Loc: Southlake, Texas
I think the guys doing the replicas are artist, some may be taxidermist, the replica is the way to go, last one i had done was 350, it was almost 11, Ron Kelly did it, really nice job.

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