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    Hatchet Marlin Fish Mounts

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  • Hatchet Marlin Overview

    Hatchet Marlin Overview

    Occurring in the Mediterranean and western Atlantic, hatchet marlin once were considered to be an extremely rare catch. Rumored for years to be a separate billfish species, the “so-called” Hatchet Marlin is actually one of two familiar species: White Marlin or Roundscale Spearfish. According to John Graves, Chancellor Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “The characters used to distinguish hatchet marlin, truncated dorsal and anal fins, can occur on either species. Most white marlin have rounded dorsal and anal fins, but a fraction do have the truncated type. All roundscale spearfish that I’ve looked at have had truncated fins. The best diagnostic character is the placement of the vent, which is 5-6 inches forward of the start of the anal fin in a roundscale spearfish, and only about 2 inches in front in a white marlin. Also, the branchiostegals are longer in roundscale spearfish, extending almost to the end of the operculum.” More on Hatchet Marlin from John Graves.

Custom Fish Mount - FAQ

What is a Release Mount?

A Release Mount is a mount of your trophy fish produced without any of the actual fish parts. Almost all saltwater mounts are Release Mounts, which are constructed of lightweight composite materials and are cast from pre-existing molds. These mold impressions were originally taken from carefully selected fish. Your authentic mount is hand-painted and one-of-a-kind.

How long will my mount take to create?

Normal lead time is 4 to 6 weeks. Expedite Service is available on most mounts as an add-on. Each task requires precision workmanship and must pass final inspection before moving on to the next process. You can rest assured that no compromises are ever taken in the production of your custom mount.

How are mounts attached to the wall?

It hangs like a picture. A sturdy hanger comes balanced and installed in each mount. All that is required is a screw or nail to be inserted into the wall. Our lightweight mounts are produced using hollow-cast fiberglass. For outdoor locations, we offer a 2-piece stainless steel hanging bracket system that is extra strong and burgular-resistant.

Are real fish still being used?

No. The marine taxidermy industry produces 99% of all mounts using composite materials. The change from “Skin” to “Composite Mounts” occurred in the 70’s and 80’s, and has not been well publicized. After measurements and photographs are taken, release your fish alive and order a “Release Mount”!

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