Joe Pitruzello of Northeast Taxidermy has worked on everything from African big game to the world record striper replica. Here he explains how wrap your trophy fish if you’re planning to get a skin mount. This is what to do and what not to do …

Keep the fish wet.
Keep the fins tucked tight to the fish so they don’t break off.
Put the fish in a plastic bag and seal it with tape.

Wrap the fish in newspaper or a towel.
Put the fish in a cooler with ice.

If you’re a catch and release sort of guy, here’s how to measure a fish for a perfect replica mount.