View Poll Results: What would you rather have done with your trophy fish? (C&R not an option!)

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  • A nice, clean, well- mounted fish skeleton.

    12 41.38%
  • A kitchy plastic cast that looks nothing like the real fish...

    17 58.62%
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Thread: DIY Fish Skeleton

  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarias View Post
    Hi there guys,
    our second year Ichthy project involved building a fish skeleton and mounting it. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! Great way to learn how a fish works and where all it's bones are.
    I will post one picture a day, step by step...
    What about a third option on your poll - 'Eat it'?
    The more you know, the less you need (Aboriginal Australian proverb)

    Only dead fish swim with the stream (Malcolm Muggeridge)

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    Fourth option:
    'Eat it - but send the fins and bones in a plastic bag snailmail to Clarias'?
    The more you know, the less you need (Aboriginal Australian proverb)

    Only dead fish swim with the stream (Malcolm Muggeridge)

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    That would be great Chris, it would be nothing compared to the next picture i'm going to put up- but that must wait for tomorrow...

    I'm actually thinking of doing commisions... not sure what to charge though, as it can take up to 20 hours, and also transporting is a mission!

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    Thanks for sparing us Clarias, I'm about to eat my dinner!
    The more you know, the less you need (Aboriginal Australian proverb)

    Only dead fish swim with the stream (Malcolm Muggeridge)

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    Still need a little more bandwidth... maybe tomorrow! Will be sure to post away from mealtimes!

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    Cant vote, I know people that produce absolutley awesome casts
    PK

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    Quote Originally Posted by pieterkriel View Post
    Cant vote, I know people that produce absolutley awesome casts
    Is the voting thing not working? I'm sure there are good casts out there, [hushed voice] but I was just trying to swing the vote my way, if you catch my
    meaning???

    Anyway, please only vote once I have put the pics of the final product up. The intermediate stages are not beautiful...

    Still need more bandwidth....aarrhhhrr- this forum chows my quota!

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    Where are the pictures that Chris so fears?

    I need to see more, MORE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarias View Post
    Still need a little more bandwidth... maybe tomorrow! Will be sure to post away from mealtimes!
    Carl Maybe tomorrow I've got news for you, IT IS TOMORROW.

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    OK, it should be about the time that Chris has just finished feeding. Here goes...

    Oh yes, story first.

    I forgot to mention in the first DIY steps that you will need a partner. Preferably take one of your better fishing buddies, as this will be a great opportunity to help your friendship along...!

    For anonymity sake, call the partner D.
    Right, so D has cleaned the fins etc. while you did the body. Towards the end of the afternoon, you need to leave to attend a class. You shout over your shoulder as you leave that D should remember to put the fish head back in the freezer.

    The next day, you, D, and the rest of the class go down to the coast on a fieldtrip for the long weekend. Halfway through the weekend, the following dialogue will ensue:

    D: Oh yes Carl, did you remember to put the head back into the freezer?

    you: Come again? [alarm alarm]

    D: did you put the barbel skull away?

    you: what do you mean did I put the head away?

    D: Well I thought you'd come by the lab later and put it away?

    you: Like I just walk around randomly at night cleaning up after everyone? [anger levels rising; lunge at throat]! YOU LAZY B*STARD, THE FREEZER IS ONLY 20M AWAY! YOU CAN F#$#*ING BUILD THAT FISH, I'LL FIND ANOTHER!
    I'm never going fishing with you again!!!!!

    meanwhile back at the lab.... 3 days of 30 degree heat... head lying in a pool of its own juice in a bucket...

    When we get back, D feeling bad, cleans up and puts the skull in the freezer, wrapped in about 10 layers of plastic. You forgive him and decide to continue. The next weekend, he goes off to visit his gfs family, so i decide to be brave and work on the skull.
    This is what I am faced with:

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