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Fish Replicas Needs

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by hunte567, May 7, 2019.

  1. hunte567

    hunte567 Member

    Im looking for input on the best fish replicas. I need 2 barracudas, a 77" goliath grouper, a 80" gar, and 2 big yellow fin tuna. Thanks
  2. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    "Best" depends on one's definition of what they like in a distributor. I don't like finishing the blanks and natural looking positioning & realism is important to me. For those species my go to would be "Warren's" (Rineharts). One stop shopping saves on shipping. Then you have New Wave of course. Warren's has a huge selection though so hence my first choice. Might find them all at Warren's...
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  3. olebarnette

    olebarnette Active Member

    The only place to buy salt water fish like those would be King Sailfish mounts in Ft Lauderdale FL
  4. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Don't about that. Warren's has every one of those species and a good number of sizes. Don't know about exact sizes though. Goliath might be a problem anywhere. JMO...
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  5. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

    Jimmy Lawrence did a 76 inch Warsaw Grouper recently. He used an Archie Philips blank. The spiny dorsal fin would need altered, but it is a similar size and build.

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  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I was up on Warren's website looking for another fish and took a quick peek. They actually have a 76" Goliath/Jewfish. Here's a pic of a 65" Goliath (before glossing) from Warren's I did for the Cook County Circuit Court Judge in Chicago a couple of years back. Very nice blank and light as a feather! GoliathFishSpecialties.jpg
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  7. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    My choice for large salt water is new wave
    Fresh water is lake country
    Archie has some good blanks
    But never rule out rich B
    All these guys and others have some good blanks
    Dave Campbell Terry W
    It comes down to personal choice
    Check out what suits your needs
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  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Clew - don't forget Envision3D too! Probably the best value out there for the money and realistic positioning. For saltwater I agree that NW has some of the nicest stuff. But, I've gone to a 90-120 day turnaround and their shipping costs make them some of the most expensive on the market. Worth every penny though because their detail and positioning are unmatched in the saltwater arena - again IMO!
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  9. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Did nt think Dave Campbell was selling anymore
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Oh yeaaa Marty forgot about 3D
    Good choice
    Also Bauman
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