How to Mount Fish

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After reeling in the perfect catch, you'll want to show off your good luck and skill to friends and family. You can take a picture with the catch, but a much more effective way of showing off the one that did not get away is by mounting the fish to display in your home or office.

Things You'll Need

  • Fish Two-inch long, silver nails Board Glue Thread Decorative Rocks

Mounting a Fish for Display

  • To properly mount a fish, it must be cleaned and dried first. Clean the fish by removing all guts and bones, then soak in a mixture of cold water and one-half cup of salt. Dry the fish by encircling it in plastic wrap and allowing it to sit in the refrigerator for up to five days.

  • Once a fish is dried, fill the cavity of the fish with decorative rocks purchased at an art supply store. Use thread to sew up the slit.

  • Before attaching the fish to the board, lay it down and use a pencil to make a light etching of the fish's outline.

  • To attach the fish to the fish board, drive the silver nails through the back of the board so that the points are facing the front. They should be applied to the board, as best as possible, along the outline of the fish that you traced onto the board with a pencil.

  • After the nails are all applied, all you need to do is push the fish down onto the nails to secure. The fish should stay in place, but if it seems loose, add additional nails to the board.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to use another type of nail other than silver. Other materials are more jagged and may tear the flesh of the fish. Be careful what types of materials you use to fill the fish before sewing together. Materials like marbles may weigh too much and tear the fish.

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