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Pike Head Problem

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Mike Morrow, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Mike Morrow

    Mike Morrow New Member

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    Hi everyone,
    On a pike head, I know you need to remove the cheek meat, but what about the meat under the tongue? Also, I always seem to get a lot of shrinkage on the side of the head right behind the gill plate. I soak them in DN alcohol, and also sprinkle some borax inside before I mount it up. I know most of you use fake heads, but id like to be able to use the real one if I can. Thank you!!!
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I totally cut the jaw line sides and remove all that meat and fill with papier-mâché.
    Besides that I remove as most meat as I can get to and rebuild when dry.
     
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  3. Mike Morrow

    Mike Morrow New Member

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    Ok, that's what I have been doing, but it is a lot of rebuilding. And that part under the tongue has a ton of meat in it, but if you cut it out it leaves a huge area to rebuild, all the way down to the throat latch. Thank you for your reply.
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I remove the heads and remove all of the meat under the tongue and in the jaws from underneath. Doing it how I do there isn't any areas with much if any meat left. I guess I don't notice much difference in amount of rebuild as any other fish, just typically bigger.
     
  5. Mike Morrow

    Mike Morrow New Member

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    Thank you 3bears, I guess I am on the right track. Pike are the hardest for me. I'd rather take the time rebuilding then have grease bleed down the road!
     
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    You are welcome and I feel the same way and that is why I figured out a way to help prevent that.
    I have a pike in the shop for repairs, I did about 10 years ago, because it was knocked off the wall. There is no sign of grease bleed. That makes me happy because it was one of the first I did with the methods that I use today.
     
  7. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Now you understand why we like a repro
     
  8. Mike Morrow

    Mike Morrow New Member

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    Yeah I can see using a fake head, but im not sure how I feel about a repro, ive never done one before. I don't know... I like the skin mounts because I like knowing, that's my fish on the wall. I'd like to try one though. Thanks again for all your input. I started doing fish taxidermy 3 years ago for a hobby. Now I am doing a few here and there for extra cash. Its very enjoyable and rewarding. Ill be working on a fish and next thing I know, several hours have gone by! haha
     
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  9. 1stturkey

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    it's a pain but casting the head is another option as well. There was a good article in Breakthrough a few years ago on the technique.
     
  10. Mike Morrow

    Mike Morrow New Member

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    Yeah, I may try that one day, but right now I think that is over my head!!!
     
  11. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

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    If you have the skill to rebuild a pike head and pull it off. You can handle molding and casting. Just different, but not over your head.