mounting snapper jaws - trophy time

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Little Fish
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Funny how much more I seem to be doing with the fish these days - remember not so long ago would whack off some fillets and be done with it. NOW...

1) fillets;
2) fillet lateral bones for the cat;
3) head meat and cheeks;
4) belly flap for smoking

And finally - the snout - slightly macarbe but interesting way to turn that fish into art. :wasntme:
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1) Start with taking the frame and cutting off the snout so that the jaws are intact - basically a line fron the nostrils to where the jaws hinge. Use a hacksaw; it is cheap and can be washed back to its usual woody self; made the mistake of using my bandsaw and even after meticulous cleaning it still reeks! :puke:

2) cook off the flesh - The trick is in the timing and temp - too long and you cook the ligaments that hold in the teeth and they fall out :sweat: I boil the kettle then pour this over the snouts until they are covered and then simmer on a low heat for 6-7 minutes then stand for 10 minutes then rinse in some cold water so I can handle it. Whilst it is still hot the flesh should fall off the bone.
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3) I disarticulate the lower jaw and peel the lips off slowly (sounds a little like Hannibal Lecter! :x ) but keep the jaw joined at the midline. There is an associated triangular shaped bone that comes off the end that I remove, clean then stick back on; so the lower jaw is in 3 pieces. The upper jaw is then removed - it splits down the middle and comes out in 4 pieces. Scrub each piece with toothbrush - Handy hint - don't use you wife's! :lol:
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4) use aradite epoxy to glue to jaws back together; firstly assemble the lower jaw, then the two sides of the upper jaw; then join the two sides of the upper jaw together, adjusting the angle so that where the jaw "hinges" is the same spacing as the lower jaw. Finally join the upper and lower jaws together.
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5) Mount onto backing board - used some leftover kauri weatherboard run though on the jointer.
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6) Find a place to mount your art - VOILA! For me its the closest I will ever get to putting up trophy heads in the den! :D
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:32 pm

That's umm different ah :?: but creative

I'd like to trophy mount a full skeleton one day
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:24 pm

That's pretty cool, nice work.
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:29 pm

Very cool :y:

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:35 pm

We did the same with my son Nick's first 2 kayak-caught 20+lbers; mounted them on driftwood from the shores where we landed on each occasion, and araldited in place on the jaws the hooks they were caught with.
They are in pride of place in the spare bedroom where most fishing friends visiting us stay :devil: .
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:30 pm

That's awesome..great work !
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:58 am

That is really cool :) nice work
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:40 am

Nice work Scotty :y:

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:12 pm

Nice job mate! Id like to do something along the same lines, very cool :rock:

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Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:19 pm

That is such a great idea, having a little keep sake of the memories would be spesh

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Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:25 pm

WOW......never seen what a set of snapper chompers look like and now I know why they are so good at crushing shit....

Little Fish
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Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:03 pm

Please note - only seems to work well with snapper - tried blue nose and the the bones are a funny yellow/brown colour; kingi bones are mottled white and brown. Only snaps come out relatively white - may be able to be improved with bleach or peroxide though...

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:00 am

Awesome walk through, thanks for sharing! :y:
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:53 am

Brillant Little Fish , definitely works of art that look very cool ! :y:

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:00 am

PJay wrote:We did the same with my son Nick's first 2 kayak-caught 20+lbers; mounted them on driftwood from the shores where we landed on each occasion, and araldited in place on the jaws the hooks they were caught with.
They are in pride of place in the spare bedroom where most fishing friends visiting us stay :devil: .
That sounds like cool art work too PJay , be neat if you could post up a pic too .

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:41 pm

Yes, great post!

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