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Beginner Fish Taxidermy

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Noah Huebner, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    Hi
    Does anyone have any tips on fish taxidermy for a beginner? I would like to learn how this ice fishing season. Thanks!
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Purchase some DVDs.
     
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  3. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    okay, thank you
     
  4. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    Research the 1/2 cast system, great for fish under 20 in like perch, bluegills and small bass.
    Most stuff you can pick up locally and for cheep.
    Mounting is one issue, painting the fish is the other.

    Some of the best paint is the D&D miniatures paints for hand brush painting and works in an air brush.

    Get a repro to practice on, paint it and strip it until your happy with you work.
     
  5. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    Okay, thank you for your response.
     
  6. snag

    snag Member

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    Log on to Matuska Taxidermy.com and you can buy what you need, Video's, tool you need, also they have many videos they make of how to do fish taxidermy free on their web site. plus they are live every Thursday on their site showing tips and "how to's". Also there are many videos on U-Tube showing how to do fish mounting and painting. Try a perch or a blue gill first. DON"T try a crappie till you get more experience. They loose scales easy.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2021
  7. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    And as always join your state association
     
  8. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    Okay
     
  9. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    Okay. So no crappie. Is a largemouth a good beginner fish?
     
  10. Yes!
     
  11. Noah Huebner

    Noah Huebner New Member

    Okay. Thanks for all your help and information!
     
  12. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

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    Jake, could you define why D&D miniature paint is the "Best"? They do have plenty of colors, but it looks like they are sold in sets, in small amounts per color. Doesn't look like you can buy individual colors in larger amounts. Why are they the best over the many other brands sold? Hope you can share your experience working with them. Thanks
     
  13. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Don’t shy away from crappie because it is difficult
    In fact it would be good to jump in and learn
    Crappie are not difficult just be tender handling the skin
    I do 30-40 crappie every year and no big issues
    Skin towards the head and keep skin tight by gently pulling as skinning
     
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  14. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    the best paint is the medium you use to give the best natural look in your fish
    Heck as I’ve said before I use cigar ashes to get certain effects
     
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  15. crablover

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    I agree 100% Carl! As in other posts by Jake, I was hoping he could share his experience with his product recommendation. IMO, much of what I have read is questionable, and if asked for justification, it is avoided.
     
  16. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Crickets
     
  17. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member


    Got better things to do then hang on your every word, good quality paint for the beginner and a fair price and locally found (NO shipping) don't use it or do.
    Got 20 y of taxidermy and you asked for help. Justification, 20 y as a taxidermist should be enough.
    last time for you carbby ass
     
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  19. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

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    geez Jake! all I asked was for your opinion on the paint you recommended, nothing more. Why such an attitude? What does your 20 years in taxidermy have anything to do with a reasonable question?
     
  20. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Dang Jake 20 years!
    Your still new to this
     
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