by New Wave Taxidermy
Until recently, “fish taxidermy” was the method of turning a captured dead fish into a preserved wall mount. The fish was skinned, mounted, dried and painted. That was the process.
Without the proper climate, this dated process often resulted in the deterioration of the mount. Still being marketed as “fish taxidermy,” our fish mounts are spectacular fiberglass replicas and reproductions that are much more realistic in appearance.
By using your photos of the fish along with our own reference photos of the species we will create a replica of your fish according to the special coloring, markings, measurements and/or weight you request. The finished mount looks extremely real and alive versus dead and mounted. It’s a new look at an old art.
Today’s technology and advanced products, combined with 40 years of experience, allow us to show an enormous amount of detail and create incredibly superior fish mounts.
Our mounts have realistic eyes, amazing scale detail and natural poses. The brilliant coloration is achieved by coloring techniques and airbrushing intricate details that give each fish its unique character.
After forty years of building molds of thousands of freshwater and saltwater species, our method allows the conservation-minded angler to measure, photograph and release their trophy catch and still have it reproduced. This technique has earned our family of artists several awards at State, National and World Championship competitions.
Our family builds each fish by hand with you in mind as our most important client. All work is done in the USA and in the great state of Florida. Every fish is signed and numbered, with a certificate of authenticity that will accompany it in its delivery to assure that you receive an original work and not a cookie cutter version made overseas like some companies do these days. Your trophy took years for you to catch and certainly, you deserve to have the absolute best!! The question is, do you feel as we do?
We also take great pride in partnering with you in the preservation of our resource. We promise to make every effort to produce a mount that will bring back the memory of the thrill of your catch! It will be a work of art that you will be proud of for a lifetime. We promise!
As always we are happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
Remember… Catch for the thrill, release for the future, mount for the memory.
Mike & Deb Kirkhart
MADE IN THE U.S.A.
All of our fish are handcrafted in Stuart, Florida
Watch This Video
Perhaps you’re on the fence. You’re just looking, doing research. We want to help you with that process and we want you to feel confident in your decision.
In the following video world champion fish artist Mike Kirkhart gives you a unique behind the scenes tour of New Wave Taxidermy. It’s certainly worth a few minutes of your time, especially if you’re looking to have a mount made.
MEETS FISH ARTISTRY
at New Wave Taxidermy
Saltwater, freshwater, inshore, offshore, rivers, lakes, and ponds. If it’s a fish we can create a world-class mount of it.
The following gallery offers a glimpse of some of our most recent work. For a more in-depth view, we recommend visiting our showroom.
The quality of our work is what separates us from our competition. The details are what breathe life into each and every fish we create.
Fish Taxidermist / Fish Artist
Founder & Owner
New Wave Taxidermy