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plumping fish back up

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by madson, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. madson

    madson New Member

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    Hi guys, Ive got a couple nice 12 in perch to do but they have been in the freezerfor a while. When they were caught they were nice and plump and fat. Now they have gotten kind of flat on the sides. I like the half cast method for perch and gills. Is there any way i can plump them back up for casting? Was thinking of trying to inject water up the anus to try to give them the full plump look again, is this possible or is there another way i can get the fullness back for casting. Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. hodx

    hodx Herman Darr

    if you pump anything into the vent...it will only plump up the viscera cavity...most pump in latex caulk
     

  3. madson

    madson New Member

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    So injecting caulk into the vent will plump the stomach area back up?
     
  4. Try rehydrating the fish in ice water for a few hours. It seems to help with this problem somewhat.
     
  5. hodx

    hodx Herman Darr

    yes...or pumping it in from under the soft tissue in the gill area
     
  6. volcom13

    volcom13 New Member

    ive also seen it done using the air compressor just be carefull not to pop it! lol
     
  7. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

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    That's the way I always did back when I used half cast.
     
  8. madson

    madson New Member

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    Thanks guys might try the air seems like caulk would end up getting pretty messy.