Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Billy Bass

I present to you my prize possession: Billy Bass. He was caught by me in Pike County, MS on 8/13/14, weighing in at 5 lbs. 2 oz. My dad lovingly had him mounted by the best taxidermist in the State.





Where do you think I hung him? After a lot of agonizing over how this would work with my traditional, old world style furnishings, I settled on a prominent wall in the living room. I decided that I was truly proud of it, my dad was proud enough of me to go the expense to have it preserved, and besides, it would make a great conversation piece! I've seen professional decorators on TV throw in a wild, out-in-left-field decor item that doesn't match anything in the house (anyone see the hot pink deer head?) and it works. At least I think it works. What do you think?
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36 comments:

Irma said...

Hi Gail
Wow, what a great fish.
What a beak this fish, so big.
He is very nice in the room, nice trophy.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Billy is just so fitting where you put him!!! How sweet. What a wonderful gesture of your father to have him mounted...and a wonderful gesture on your part to be so proud of both!!!!

hootnonny said...

Bill is beautiful, just the right amount of whimsy for any living room!

hootnonny said...

Where did my y go? It's Billy!

Felicia said...

Looks great. Congrats on the wonderful catch. I bet he put up quite a fight. I love to fight a bass that big.

Karen S. said...

How fun, and what a wonderful gift! He would fit in anywhere if you ask me, especially where ever he could be seen by all, and you everyday! A great spot indeed! You'll surely get loads of comments from folks visiting! Very impressive.

Bethany Carson said...

What a beauty (and what a catch)! Quite a good-looking fish, and the taxidermist did a great job!

DeniseinVA said...

That looks great Gail. A really special gift from your Dad :-)

Terra said...

That is a thoughtful gift from your dad and it looks great on your wall. My sister and her husband are devoted bass fishers, with a bass boat and a trailer on a bass lake. Your house reflects you and that's as it should be.

TexWisGirl said...

i like it! fish are very specialized to preserve and it looks like that taxidermist did a fine job with billy!

eileeninmd said...

Great catch, it looks great mounted! Enjoy your day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He looks great and I'd be proud of him too.

But just have to be naughty and ask if he sings that river song (not that anyone I know ever bought one of those Billy Bass things when they were such a fad. Oh no .. LOL).

Petra Pavl√°tkov√° said...

You've created a beautiful series of the shots, the background looks interesting and surprising behind the fish. I think that you've chosen a great place in the living room, I really like it, now you can look forward to the conversations that will follow for sure! :)
The dorsal fin looks pretty sharp...

Merisi said...

Love how you mounted your catch and also your photographs!

Hilary said...

It works just fine. I'm glad that you and your dad are such a good team.. fishing together.. you preserving with photos and he with taxidermy.

June Caedmon said...

I don't think I've ever seen a better looking fish! He looks great right where he is! Your dad is so sweet!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Great fun to catch a bass. I'd say he looks good, except I think I would have liked to see him when you caught him. And the look on your face. Nice you can share this with your dad.

bailey-road.com said...

It's a beautiful trophy fish.

Sally Crowe said...

Such a nice catch! So very wonderful that your dad did that for you, and that is the perfect spot! :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

You picked the perfect spot for this special fish to be.

Brian King said...

A great bass! That's the kind tourney anglers love to catch. Really nice taxidermy job! At least your Billy Bass doesn't sing - I hate those stupid things! :-)

Melissa said...

He's very handsome! I think you picked a really great display spot.

Kerry said...

A bass like that goes with anything! Cool memento of time with your dad, too.

Ida said...

He's a beauty for sure and how neat that your dad did that for you.

Marie said...

It's a beautiful fish, and I think it's wonderful that your Dad had it mounted! I think it looks great on your living room wall. You have a right to be proud!

EG CameraGirl said...

The taxidermist did a great job!

Michelle said...

Looks great!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It turned out so great!

Debbie said...

It's really wonderful and such a great, constant reminder of your dad and your love for fishing!!

Indrani said...

Amazing! For a second I thought it was live.
Very well preserved.

nookworm said...

Billy Bass is Beautiful and Bold and loved for sure, along with your dad. This was surely a heartfelt gesture and you both (all) can be proud of the trophy.

nookworm said...

Billy Bass is Beautiful and Bold and loved for sure, along with your dad. This was surely a heartfelt gesture and you both (all) can be proud of the trophy.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What a most awesome Billy Bass wall mount!!
Just think Gail - when you look up at that fish - the fun memory you'll keep forever of fishing with your Dad!!
And such a fun story you get to tell about it!! The fish stuffer did a great job!!

LC said...

Love it. Every time you see it, you will think of how much your dad loves and values you!

Helma said...

Heeee ....... so that's really quite a large fish. His open mouth gives great respect:-) Very nice where you have hung on the wall to him-)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; great capture I understand you said you were proud♬♬♬ And so wonderful that your father asked the best "taxidermist,(never knew the word,haha). My fishing lover husband really admired all the process.