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Congratulations! I retired two years ago. Best move I ever made.
Sounds like too much freezing/thawing. The ears always thaw first and begin to decay while you are waiting for the rest of the cape to thaw. Then...
Very nice, I like the whole display.
I wonder about saltwater work north vs south. I would think much more saltwater fish would be done in the south. But is saltwater work enough of a...
A black crappie and Warmouth, both skin mounts.
Same as above with the paper. I always seal the fins first with Shellac, which I think reduces fin curling.
Fins do get more brittle after many years.
I have had foxes slip too and I suspect it is the defrosting step . Try to thaw the skin in water with bactericide or a pickle.
It all works. The oils take a while to dry. I've used tube acrylic paints the same way, with similar results.
Yes , I would hope they would.
I have used Basacryl NBKU in rehydrating solutions, not needed in pickling solution though.
Nice, I always use tissue paper and have never tried tape. Tape may add some more strength to fin, I will have to try it.
Looks great! You should post a pic standing beside it Jimmy. Get a better sense of the 'bigness'.
I've never tried Paratan, but you can call or email Knobloch's. They are very helpful with info on using their products.
Wow, a near 8 lb pickerel! Keep us posted on how that one goes.
Wow, definitely a jumbo pickerel. Never seen a 31" pick before. What would that weigh? I would also say use a pike blank, unless your pickerel is...