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A Skipjack Tuna 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.
Before leaving our facility, each custom fish mount is thoroughly inspected to ensure our goal of 100% customer satisfaction.
If you want to complete your trophy wall with a unique action scene by adding baitfish along your mount, we have a variety of baitfish mounts to choose from.
- Available Sizes: 18 - 35 in
- Details: Fired-Enamel Glass Eye
- Product Options: Wood Plaque, Custom Base, 360°
Scientific Name: Katsuwonus pelamis
Size: Grow fast up to nearly 4 feet and more than 70 lbs.
Location & Habitat: Skipjack tuna are found in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate waters of all oceans. In the eastern Pacific, they’re found from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Peru; in the western Pacific they’re found from northern Japan to southern Australia.
Skipjack tuna are a pelagic species – they mostly live in the open ocean, although they may spend part of their life in nearshore waters. They can be found in large schools swimming in warm, well-mixed surface waters and to depths of 850 feet during the day. They generally stay near the surface at night. Skipjack tuna is a highly migratory species, swimming long distances to feed and reproduce.
Description: Skipjack tuna is a “highly migratory species” – these fish are found around the world and can travel across an entire ocean basin. Unlike non-migratory species found only off our coasts, U.S. fishermen aren’t the only ones fishing for highly migratory species. Skipjack tuna do not have scales except on the corselet and the lateral line. (The corselet is a band of large, thick scales forming a circle around the body behind the head and extending backwards along the lateral line. The lateral line is a faint line running lengthwise down each side of the fish.) Their back is dark purplish-blue, and their lower sides and belly are silvery with 4 to 6 conspicuous dark bands that run from behind the head to the tail, which may look like a series of dark blotches.
Like other tropical tunas, skipjack tuna grow fast, up to nearly 4 feet and more than 70 pounds, and have a short life span compared to other temperate tunas, around 8 to 12 years. In the Pacific, skipjack are able to reproduce when they reach about 1.3 feet in length. They spawn throughout the year in tropical waters and seasonally (spring to early fall) in subtropical waters. Depending on their size, females produce between 100,000 and 2 million eggs each time they spawn. Once fertilized, the eggs hatch in about 1 day, depending on temperature. Skipjack spawn more than once a season, and some spawn almost every day.
Skipjack tuna are opportunistic feeders, preying on a variety of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, and mollusks. Cannibalism is also common. Large pelagic fishes such as billfish, sharks, and other large tunas prey on skipjack tuna.
Original Resource: http://www.fishwatch.gov/
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]