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Mounting Redfish

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    My Daughter in Law brought back a 33 lb Redfish from Louisiana that she would like for me to mount. Luckily, the largest commercial body I can get should fit it perfectly. This is my first redfish to mount. Is there any grease to worry about or do they pretty much mount up like a bass? Thanks
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Cast head and yes oily skin
     

  3. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I skin mount them often. Here is the MAJOR issue. Remove everything from the head. Tongue, throat, gills, inner cheek skin...everything. On the inner part of the gill covers, there will be meat pockets to remove. When you think you're finished, start over again. Then, drop the head into a bucket of denatured alcohol overnight...this will aid in removing more of the fish oil from the head. After this, place in your fish tan. When mounting, I place a number 6 wire into the form to hold the head at the right attitude. Let it dry for at least a month in a room with an AC or dehumidifier. I fill the head with foam after drying and carve out the details I want, such as gill and tongue. Cleaned properly, they will last and not stink. There will be some shrinkage, but not enough to make a difference on a commercial mount. If you begin to have scale slippage, sever the meat from the skin with a scalpel, as opposed to using a fish knife.
     
  4. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Thanks Frank and Joey! I had no idea it was such an oily fish. I think I will definitely be using a cast head.
     
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  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Come on man...take the challenge!!! LOL! The first one I ever did was for a guy who owned a junkyard. He was going to give the fish to his son who caught it for Christmas. For lack of a better place to hide it, he put it in the back seat of a junk automobile. When he opened the door on Christmas Eve, the fish smell overwhelmed him. He called, I told him to bring it back. It was no fun remounting that fish, but it didn't stink the second go round!
     
  6. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    I guess the skin will need to be degreased as well before the tan?
     
  7. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Yes
     
  8. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Thanks, Is denatured alcohol adequate to degrease the skin or would a commercial product give me better results?
     
  9. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    It will do the job but only takes longer. we all have a personal choice and they all work.