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Utah C&R State Record.

Utah C&R state record. Thank you for letting me relive this catch every day. The craftsmen did an amazing job, from bone structure to markings. I stare at this mount every day . I think I have a new habit, a mount a year. Can’t wait to catch a toad of a brown for you to make. Thanks again.


John Konzelman


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I just received my striped marlin and the quality is amazing!

I am compelled to voice a very positive endorsement of Gray Taxidermy.  I just received my striped marlin and the quality is amazing!  It arrived in a cardboard crate (to my surprise), but the fish was unscratched.  The quality of this mount is top notch.  The colors are spectacular and the fish looks so real.  Many of my friends have stopped by to see this amazing fish and have been blown away with the quality.  Yes, Gray is expensive, but you get what you pay for.  I have over 30 pieces of taxidermy and I know from experience that cheap taxidermy looks cheap and doesn’t last.  After comparing prices with my local professional taxidermist, all in Gray was about $300 more expensive.  It was worth it – I will use them again.

Lavon W.

Liberty, MO

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Gray Taxidermy was invited to mold the pending IGFA World Record Mako Shark

Jason Johnston, of Mesquite, Texas, caught the massive fish after a 2 1/2-hour battle off the coast of Southern California on June 3rd 2013.

Sharks are generally caught, tagged and released, so when one is kept it is important to get as much scientific information from the species as possible. It is rare to have the opportunity to research such a large species up close, so these samples are crucial when learning about the species. Scientist hope to learn vital information about the reproductive habits, aging and feeding behaviors as well as to better understand the size and age relation of these species.

Soon after the vital organs were removed and sent to laboratories for scientific research, Gray Taxidermy was fortunate and given the opportunity to mold this Mako shark which is also the new pending IGFA world record at 1.323 lbs. and 11ft.  It would exceed the 1,221-pound record Mako catch made in July 2001 off the coast of Chatham, Mass that Gray’s also had the honor to mold.

After a three day cross-country escapade the massive shark ended up in Pompano Beach, Florida at the Gray Taxidermy headquarters. Once the shark was carefully taken off the air-conditioned trailer and placed in a giant sandbox, a team of expert mold makers quickly started to prepare the shark for the molding process.

The entire crew had to work quickly and efficient as the shark was donated and destined to be sent to NOOA  (see links below) and its oceanic laboratories for additional scientific purposes. Tissue and bone samples and the entire vertebrae was essentially being preserved before being put on ice to be sent to its final destination.

At Gray Taxidermy – The Largest Marine Taxidermist in the world we are thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to mold such a great species and to be a part of the scientific process.

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Another great week of fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Mr. & Mrs. Anders Granberg celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary aboard the charter boat, Happy Day Today, to do some deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  With good weather on their side, winds out of the east at 7-10 miles an hours, seas running 2-3 ft. and not a cloud in the skies in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL.

After leaving the dock at Bahia Mar, fifteen minutes later lines were in the water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale FL at the drop off which is 120 ft., less than 2 miles from shore.  We started trolling with two plainers down, one with a pink and blue double hook Bonito strip and the other with a blue and white double hook Bonito strip.  For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips with sea witches in front.

We trolled north to one of the 34 artificial wrecks located in Fort Lauderdale.  Our wrecks range in depth from the shallowest, which is 60 ft. of water, out to the deepest, which is 420 ft. – all within 2 miles from shore;  the wrecks are all different sizes, from tug boats to 550 ft. freighters.  We trolled around catching Bonitos, as Mr. & Mrs. Granberg took turns taking pictures of each others catch. I could see some birds working the area, so I headed towards the birds and we caught some Black Fin Tunas.  From there we tried our luck on one of the wrecks that sits in 230 ft. of water.  We put a live bait sitting on the bottom looking for a Grouper.  The rod bent over and Mrs. Granberg was the angler while her husband video’d the action as she pulled up a 55 lb. Amberjack.  After pictures were taken, the Amberjack was returned to the ocean

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