how do you preserve a sailfish bill ?

Submitted by fred j rotter on 4/26/05 at 10:59 AM. ( )

After a recent trip to mexico I finr that I have a saillfish bill (only) being shipped . How would I cure it ? referenced techniques would be helpfull .

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Fred, you can't

This response submitted by George on 4/26/05 at 12:03 PM. ( )

We've covered this extensively in the archives (SEARCH icon).


This response submitted by wetnwild on 4/26/05 at 1:05 PM. ( )

If you get the bill, and then dig out the marrow at the end of the bill where it attaches to the fish. Then drill a bunch of small pilot holes with a 1/16 th inch bit every two inches or so along the top of the bill. Soak the bill in methanol or saftee-acid for about two weeks. Thwe pilot holes will enable the acid or methanol to seep in the marrow and cure the inside.Remove from the mixrture and hang it up to drain till dry. Then you can let dry and see how it made out. Did it on my state record marlin about 10 years ago and it worked great

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This response submitted by J on 4/26/05 at 4:04 PM. ( )

Ive done over a hundred and I agree with above with the following,I got from Jimmy Warren @ Warrens supply. After previous and drip drying put a little dry plaster in bottom of bucket anr dust lower part of bill.after a day or so brush this off and reapply.When plaster no longer sicks seal with epoxy primer. So far none have dripped oil later. this will not work with Swordfish,nor any thing else I have tried!

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