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Competition Cut

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Shawn Crose, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Shawn Crose

    Shawn Crose Member

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    Hey guys been doing taxidermy for years but I’m a first timer when it comes to fish .Question what it the best cut to make for a competition fish skin mount .
     
  2. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    Id go dorsal
     
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  3. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

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    Dorsal for me. I have also had good success with tube skinning "no incision" stream trout. You remove all the fins and head, skin through fin openings, slide the body out, invert, and flesh. I have never tried this method with anything other than trout.
     
  4. Pikeonthefly

    Pikeonthefly Active Member

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    When you invert the skin do you have issues with scale loss?
     
  5. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

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    I have not. The key having the skin a bit a bit dryer so the scales are tighter.
     
  6. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Use borax on your skin
    This helps kill the bacteria and aids in scale retention
    Study the cut you want to make and repairs involved
    But think out of the box
    What might be better for you
    This one is going to be a personal choice depending on the planning
     
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  7. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    With tube skinning, isnt test fitting a pain in the ass?
     
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  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Too many variables to say exactly which one is best for example, species of fish, where will the mount be displayed, skill level of person doing repairs? On most warm water fish I would do a dorsal cut, the dorsal fins cover most of that seam any way, unless it will be displayed in a coffee table then I may choose a belly cut. I guess for cold water fish which I do very few of, it would be the same choices. I have even changed a wall mounted fish into a pedestal mount but that took a lot of repair work to make it so unless you know it before hand you pretty much cannot tell. I hopefully won't be doing that again.
     
  9. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

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    You definitely have to carve an accurate body. IV had some go on just like a sock, and some I have to do some work on.
     
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  10. Pikeonthefly

    Pikeonthefly Active Member

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    Thank you!
     
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