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Ok I really would like to mount a smallmouth or largemouth this year. I was wondering what size would you all consider getting a replica made? I am from south of Pittsburgh so there are some big fish here but if I wait for a 10# I will be waiting a long time..lol... I am thinking for largemouth anything over 6 pounds and for smallies any over five ( unless it comes from Erie then it would have to be over 6 closer to 7).

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8 for a largemouth and 6 for a smallmouth are my numbers.  I'd love to beat my PB of 7-2 this year.

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Its more so personal achievement than anything. If a 7# largemouth or 4.5# smallie is huge in your area or the catch means something significant, no reason not to get it mounted. You are the one looking at it day in and day out so if you are proud of it, go for it.

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For me, it is the environment that I am fishing. I have caught 8+ LM out of farm ponds, but I didn't have a mount done. If I caught a 8+ out of a lake I would have it mounted. Probably a 5+ SM.

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I want double digit for largemouth and at least a 6 for a smallie before i would consider having a replica made.  Of course i don't carry a scale and i think i had one that met the criteria in the green variety since she measured a shade under 26" and was full of eggs but she flopped off my hawg trough before i could get a picture...oh well.  Guess i have to catch her again :)

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That's a really good question, I've got a 9.5 mounted from a farm pond. But I I've caught a couple 8+ and several 7+ fish and never thought about getting them mounted. But for my area a 8 lb fish is def worthy. I guess I'm just waiting onb that ever elusive double digit bass. 8.5 is my pb from a large lake body

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My first replica was 8lb 9oz.  Then I said when I got one over 10.  Now it needs to be 12. And every pound thereafter.  But it is all situational.

 

6lb smallie is getting one done for sure!

 

Jeff

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The estimates above are fair. 5+ for Smallies. 7+ for a LMB sounds about right.

If you are truly proud of a catch that might be another reason. Like winning a tourney with a lunker bass.

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It could weigh 15lbs and I wouldn't get another one mounted. Ive caught several bass than anyone would mount but couldn't justify killing them. I had two huge hybrid stripe I had mounted 7 years ago. They've been hanging in a local sporting goods store for the last 5 just got tired of looking at them gather dust. Same thing with deer heads just dust collectors/hat racks.

I'd much rather turn a big fish loose.

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It could weigh 15lbs and I wouldn't get another one mounted. Ive caught several bass than anyone would mount but couldn't justify killing them. I had two huge hybrid stripe I had mounted 7 years ago. They've been hanging in a local sporting goods store for the last 5 just got tired of looking at them gather dust. Same thing with deer heads just dust collectors/hat racks.

I'd much rather turn a big fish loose.

He asked about a replica.

Jeff

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i could never bring myself to kill a smallie... but i would love to have a replica mount done of a smallie about to strike a lipless crank ive been thinking of having that done for a while

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It could weigh 15lbs and I wouldn't get another one mounted. Ive caught several bass than anyone would mount but couldn't justify killing them. I had two huge hybrid stripe I had mounted 7 years ago. They've been hanging in a local sporting goods store for the last 5 just got tired of looking at them gather dust. Same thing with deer heads just dust collectors/hat racks.

I'd much rather turn a big fish loose.

 

I thought when OP said mount he meant replica.

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He asked about a replica.

Jeff

Yeah I'm a dumb ass. Still wouldn't want another mount on the wall

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I live south of Pittsburgh as well and here are my thresholds for a replica for this area. A northern Largemouth greater than 8 lbs. will get replica consideration and Smallmouth over 7 lb. will make it for consideration. Anything under those will either get a nice frame around their picture or make it for wallpaper duties on my computer for a while.

 

Also, any significant or memorable catch makes it for replica consideration in my mind.  For example, my wife and I went fishing for King Salmon up in New York.  We had no idea what we were doing and talked to a few people who said the bite was off.  We decide to launch anyway since we already made the 5 hour drive.  Wouldn't you know within the first hour, my wife catches one just over 20 pounds.  Not a monster by any means, but she was so excited and it was just great to see her joy.  Well, a replica of that fish is now on my wall.  I smile everytime I look at it.

 

So to make a long story short, there is no real size minimum for a replica.  It is a criteria just set up for yourself and once you achieve that mark (or special catch), the replica will be a great reminder of your special achievement and memory.

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For PA waters a largemouth bigger than speedbeads would be worthy of a replica. For smallmouth it would have to be your choice based on where you catch her.

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To me largemouth anything over 6-7 and I can't speak on smallmouth because I have never caught one. But it's all about the memory not necessarily how big the fish is.

I wanted to mount this 7.7 largemouth that I caught she was a beauty! I caught a smaller fish maybe around 3-4 on a pop'r and it shook the hook on a jump and the second my pop'r hit the water my 7.7 beauty inhaled it.

But I let her go, this was before I knew about how good some people are at making replicas. The memory of how I caught her will still stay with me forever, I guess that's what a mount is for too though lol

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 I was wondering what size would you all consider getting a replica made?

Whatever size makes you all warm and tingly inside

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I'd say it's about what's in your area. If you've got a good idea what's big for around there then if you catch one that big or close to it I'd get the mount. If you're proud of it, go for it!

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Thats a big investment for getting a dust collector.  Just like when I go deer hunting, if it doesnt score in an unbelievable number I aint wasting 500 bucks!  big picture in a nice frame is good enough for me.

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It would be a replica!

 

Just try to remember during the excitement of the moment to measure the length & girth & take some detailed pictures. Once the taxidermist matches the blank with your dimensions it is all about the details & painting. Good quality close up pictures will really help getting the fish coloration and markings correct.

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I would love to get a replica mount made!! I bet ya my girlfriend would love that hanging on our wall.(hehe) no but seriously I would like one. Just too dang expensive. I caught two fish I would have liked replicated. One was a 18" smallie ( a fat one too) and the other was a 21" largemouth. Maybe ill ask for one for christmas orsomthin. Maybe someone will be nice *cough** girlfriend** cough**!! Haha

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