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I caught a nice sized trout on Saturday evening (21"). When I first caught it, my dad and friends said I should get it mounted. Instead of cleaning it, I put it in a food saver vacuum bag and froze it (it was in the freezer within an hour of being caught). After calling a few taxidermists today, I realized the price is a little higher than I initially expected, not to mention I already have a bear at the taxidermist from this year. My question is: would it be ok to unthaw the trout, fillet it, and eat it?
 

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Take your measurements length and girth! A couple picture always helps too. You could always get a repo later. They are so much better than skin mounts anyways! I won't ever get a skin mounted fish again after seeing my taxi's repo fish!
 

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I used to save trout for a buddy of mine. He wanted them frozen with the guts in. He always cleaned his fish after thawing them out.
 

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When I used to keep fish, I never gutted them anyways...if you are good at fillets, you can take them without gutting the fish.
 

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I learned not to use the food saver for fish to be mounted as it will leave little diamond shaped marks all over the skin.
 
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