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A California Yellowtail trophy fish mount from Gray Taxidermy is handcrafted in the U.S. We combine over fifty years of experience and skilled craftsmanship to ensure that your custom trophy mount exceeds your expectations of what a perfect custom fish mount should look like.
Our skilled artists take pride in capturing the rich beauty and realism of nature that each unique marine species bring.
A fish mount from Gray Taxidermy will capture and commemorate a memory of a life time. We are able to transform raw materials into the ultimate representation of an angler's most notable achievement.
Great attention to detail and true craftsmanship is our motto while we continue to serve customers around the world. Gray Taxidermy goes to great lengths to ensure the precise color and characteristics are resembled in your custom fish mount.
- Available Sizes: 17 - 68 in
- Details: Fired-Enamel Glass Eye
- Product Options: Wood Plaque, Custom Base, 360°
Scientific Name: Seriola lalandi
Size: Up to 80 pounds and over 5 feet long. Most caught off piers are fish under 10 pounds in weight.
Location & Habitat: Occurs in some abundance throughout the Gulf of California and along the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California, Mexico to Los Angeles, California
Description: The yellowtail’s body transitions from purplish blue on the fish’s back to silvery white towards the belly. A dusky yellow stripe runs the length of the flanks from mouth to tail. Anglers have a decent shot at catching yellowtail when they’re packed into schools and feeding on the surface. Yellowtail primarily feed on squid, crabs, anchovies, sardines and mackerel.
Large streamers and surface poppers are often effective as anglers can enjoy great sport casting to schools of fifty and more fish.
While mid-sized yellowtail are a common catch in the waters of Southern California and Baja, for truly large fish—in the fifty pound range and larger—New Zealand and Australia appear to be the prime spots.
California yellowtail is most commonly found along the Pacific coast between southern California and Baja California. A member of the jack family, it's prized as a game fish by recreational fishermen who catch nearly three times as many fish as the commercial fishery. California yellowtail begins to reproduce at a young age and produces large numbers of young, traits that help it withstand fishing pressure.
Most yellowtail is caught in drift gillnet and hook-and-line fisheries. Neither of these gears causes substantial habitat concerns, but drift gillnets catch large quantities of bycatch, including vulnerable species like marine mammals. Hook-and-line gear has low bycatch.
Yellowtail populations are believed to be healthy and robust, but the actual abundance is uncertain due to a lack of scientific involvement in the assessments. While management has been effective in maintaining the population, we need to better understand the impact of increased commercial catch in recent years.
Fish Molding Process
We have and continue to travel the world to make our one of a kind molds as they are a vital part in order to handcraft the most popular fish mounts on the market. Our patented molds are then used to create the various fish models from which we can reproduce the life-like fish trophy mounts.
We do not extend, shorten or modify an existing model to fulfill an order. Instead we use one of the over 10,000 models of various sizes and species available. And we can ofcourse customize the mount to fulfill your needs and we are confident that we can build your custom fish mount regardless of inch increment or fish species.
We build one fish at a time to match the length, girth, and all of the specific characteristics and details only YOUR FISH displays. [Complete Molding Process]