Taxidermist, Brown’s Taxidermy
For four decades, Bob Brown has been making fiberglass replicas of fish mounts like sailfish and bull dolphin. All he needs is the fish’s length and girth – from that information he and his Port Canaveral-based team can build the replica and the fisherman can release their catch.
Q. What inspired you to go into this field?
I was turning 30 and needed something more productive to do. This is something I could put my heart into in a more productive way instead of being a starving artist.
Q. Is there any certification or special training necessary?
You can get certified but all you need is a business license. Most of my training was trial and error. The toughest part is painting the fish to look good. My background in art helped in that area.
Q. How long have you lived in Brevard?
Since the early ‘60s. My dad worked for Boeing so we came here for the beginning of the space program.
Q. Did you go to high school in Brevard?
Yes, I went to Cocoa Beach High School the first year it opened in 1965.
Q. What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That you have to catch an actual fish to have a mount. We offer decorative mounts and less expensive half mounts.
Q. What do you enjoy the most?
Painting the fish and making it come alive.
Q. What’s the biggest challenge?
Getting my two sons to take over the business, but it is also the second thing I enjoy the most. Also, keeping up with the competition; there is a lot of competition online so we rely heavily on social networking and word-of-mouth.