Unless this fish was not very fresh, this species rivals a crappie for delicate scales. I don't usually do this but before I scraped I soaked the skin in denatured alcohol to toughen it up. I also had to use a scalpel to scrape as the flesh was really tenacious along with tought fatty deposits on the belly area. I did cast the head and may cast the fins once they are carded.
Anybody else do one of these as a skin mount? I wouldn't have but I'm doing it for another taxidermist with the understanding we will see how it goes.
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* the Pre tan, for slippin scales,& fat, Recall what I said, thats a fish to do it on!
Well cecil , if it doesnt come out good for you , I have a mold for a grunt and can make you a blank . Rick
anyone know where I can see a photo of one and can you describe it to me.
Family Haemulidae, GRUNTS
On grunts, I guess. here is the link
My score was 60% should have cheated,huh!
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Aplodinotus grunniens
If Rick has a blank...Plan B..
I cast a beautiful head and I didn't lose any scales skinning ito ut although it is a delicate skin. Degreased it and it's in a borax solution at the moment. I'm still debating whether I will also cast the fins using the new stuff from Epo-Grip. If I do I will cast them after they are carded.
Gonna do something unconventional though. I have a long 'u' shaped wire bondoed into the head and will mount this fish as a half cast with filler and attach the head with the filler and 'u' shaped wire into the body cavity. I'm sure it will work just never done a half cast fish yet with a cast head before.
Joey it's a Grunt but I don't believe it's a White Grunt. Took good close up pics after it was thawed and will paint it that way. It still had good color after it thawed.
Sometimes ,I wire em like that also,your on the right track bud.