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experimental catfish

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by mopsrdrawer67, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. mopsrdrawer67

    mopsrdrawer67 Member

    I had a customer bring in a 20" catfish. I was going to rder an artificial cast fish from McKenzie but I thought I'd try this 1st. Let me know your thoughts.
    I carved a catfish with the original measurements out of the dense carving foam, minus fins and tail. I cut slots for the fins and tail. And carved features such as gills, lips, etc. Looks very good so far. I have just poured envirotex over the entire body (as a sealer). Has anyone done this? After its dry, I will paint and seal again with clear.
    I could not find catfish fins by suppliers, so I ordered a set of redfish fins. (they are similar, but dorsal fin needs to be trimmed and becomes an anal fin and I am building an anapose type fin.
  2. hambone

    hambone Well-Known Member

    A picture of your process would make it much easier to comment, I for one would like to see it.

  3. jakecs

    jakecs Member

    How come you didn't cast the fins off the fish??
  4. lake country sells fins for channel and flathead catfish
  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I see it working fine if you have the skill to replicate features considering a catfish has a smooth skin.
  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    All depends on your skill level in interpreting and carving the body. Those rib bones look challenging! Interesting approach, but can't be cost-effective vs. buying a blank. JMO!
  7. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Doesn't sound like the best idea I've ever heard, but who knows, maybe you'll pull it off. Envirotex wouldn't be very forgiving. Coating with some elmers wood filler would be easier, and could be sanded smooth.
  8. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    You might pull it off, but I'm not keen on the Envirotek idea. Good luck JL