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I have had work done by Marine Creations out of Florida and they do a great job and the guy running the show is personable, friendly and will try to accomodate you. Check out their fish gallery......it's something else. This man can paint!

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Hi guys,

 

Mike Kroessig (owner of Marine Creations) is a good friend of mine, and he is an extremely talented artist. I own a few of the mounts on his site and have been trying to get him some recognition out here in the NY fishing community for some time now.

 

He is also a strong advocate of catch-and-release, which is a great part of the motivation for his business. As you might already know, you can purchase a fiberglass blank from molds created by a fish long ago. These fiberglass blanks are essentially clones that can be purchased from one of many "blank supplier companies." The true fish can be released after just one quick picture. Mike finds a blank that comes as closest to that fish as possible, and then, he just paints that blank based on the photo. All the while, your trophy fish is still roaming the ocean free.

 

Now, I'm glad to hear that the NY surf community is finally discovering the potential of his work. smile.gif (This is because striped bass is his favorite fish to paint.)

 

If any of you are interested in seeing his work up close, there is a common dolphin mount at the Atlantis Marineworld Aquarium in Riverhead, NY.

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There are also few of his replicas that I own on display at the Fisherman Depot tackle shop in College Point, NY. Here is a photo of a blank of Capt. Bob Rocchetta's 1981 world record (For more history of this fish, see http://www.rainbowcharters.net/press...orldRecord.htm) on display behind the counter. (Don't ask me why, but I just love to collect fish art, life-size fish replicas, and reading up on history of famous fish specimens.)

 

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At the Fisherman Depot shop, you will also find a Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, Fluke (replica of Capt. Charlie Nappi's world record), and a beautiful blackfish (tautog), all painted by Mike.

 

Thank you so much for supporting him. I shall relay to him your kind words.

 

PS- I don't know if this is allowed (if not, moderator please delete link below), but I would also like to share a video testimonial that I just completed for him to showcase his fine work (please do not see this is as an advertisement, but rather a message about the importance of catch-and-release when a trophy is caught):

 

[For best resolution, please click on "view in high quality" from the youtube page just under and to the right of the video screen.smile.gif ]

 

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Thank you all. And here's to an awesome 2009 fishing season!

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All of the mounts were great but the Sea Robin and Scup were awesome. If I ever get a replica done I think I might have found the artist to do the work.

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im still looking foreword to my first 50 lber .but when it comes im not going to kill her. but i will take a picture and measure her length and girth then release her and then im sending my info to the artist that you guys just turned me onto thanks.his work in these photos are realy nice he gets my vote.agin thanks.smile.gif

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