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Black Crappie Replica

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Wally Gator, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. Wally Gator

    Wally Gator Well-Known Member

    Good afternoon friends. I know this topic has been discussed recently, but that thread got highjacked with unethical suggestions. Let’s keep this one honest.
    I have a 3-1/2 pound black crappie, 17” long, 15-1/2” girth. The customer wants a replica. I have never done a replica, so for this one I would prefer a ready to paint one. I have been shopping the web and just can’t find the dimensions I want. So far my favorite option is from Waters by Klaus. It is 17” long but only 14-14” girth. It really looks good.
    Before I buy it, does anyone have any other suggestions?
  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    That one from klaus is nice
    Lake country but they are out to 12 weeks
    Jimmy Lawrence May have one that size
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  3. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    Just talked the LCR about getting some fins. They told me the lead time for a blank was starting at 14 weeks out. Which is nuts for the lack of quality and quality control. Ken B and Rich may have some in that size. There’s a WRC blank from mckenzie that is 17x14 . Customers for skins Ive learned are annoying with measurements. Just taped a steelhead that was supposed to be 34.75. I tried all different types of ways to measure it’s a can’t get it to break 32!
  4. Wally Gator

    Wally Gator Well-Known Member

    I just found one from Warren’s that is the dimensions that I want. However there are no detailed pics on his website. Does any have any input on his blanks? Feel free to send private message if you don’t have good remarks.
  5. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    Try Randy Budzinski , Master fish taxidermy in east Lansing Michigan he dose the best crappie hands down
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  6. Wally Gator

    Wally Gator Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I have reached out to him asking the details of the largest one he has.
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  7. Speckled Trout

    Speckled Trout Member

    Haha, laughing with you, not at you. Customers measure too long, 99% of the time.
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  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    quit stretching your tape measure, you're suppose to fold it
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  9. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    My favorite is a ridged roll tape angled a bit and over the top!