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Sep-25-2008, 11:53 PM #1Captain
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removing shark jaws??????
can someone tell me how to remove a mako jaw...caught one at tanner yesterday and want to remove the jaw....help!!!!
Last edited by Smudge; Sep-26-2008 at 11:45 AM.
Sep-25-2008, 11:58 PM #2
Sep-26-2008, 12:19 AM #3
sorry, thats a shitty response but i don't have a lot of experience with sharks, i figured since no one else chimed in yet, i would give my input. Im sure you'll get better advice in the morning.
Sep-26-2008, 12:46 AM #4
Sep-26-2008, 01:13 AM #5
Mako jaws are a pain in the ass. I used to charge $5 to cut out a set of blue shark jaws but $15 for the same size mako.
It's hard to explain how exactly to do it. Practice helps but obviously that's not an option for you. You basically have to outline the jaws with your knife. A very sharp knife is a must but be aware that it isn't going to stay that way very long. It's not so much the cartlidge that is the problem, it's the skin. You shouldn't really be cutting through much cartlige anyway. You want to be cutting around it and removing all of the flesh.
Best advice is to take your time and go slow. If you rush, you can actually cut right through the jaws and ruin your trophy.
Never used an xacto knife but I can see how it would be handy with the intricate parts. A mako's jaw is a complicated machine. Lots of little knobs of cartlidge where all of the muscles attach. If you do use am xacto knife be very very careful not to cut through the jaw itself.
Funny, of the literally dozens upon dozens of shark jaws I cut out while working shark trips on the Daily Double years ago, I never got a set for myself. hope they turn out good for you. I know the ant hill bit was mentioned but you may want to look into getting some dermestid beetles instead. Less risk of a skunk or racoon walking off with your jaws. I think they do a much better job anyway. Preserving after the cleaning? Not really sure. I've heard of people drying them in the sun, bleaching then drying, bleaching drying then laquer. Not sure what works best.
Maybe someone with more experience on that end will chime in."Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, which holds forth the proposition, that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."
Sep-26-2008, 09:12 AM #6
I have two frozen heads that I have been meaning to cut the teeth out of. I'll try to do them this weekend and see what works.
Sep-26-2008, 09:18 AM #7
Trim ALL the meat from the cartilage. On the back side of the jaws is a cartilage membrane that covers the seven rows of backup teeth. You can feel this with your finger. Cut along ridge with blade and slowly remove membrane from backside revealing the additional rows of teeth. Once you’ve done this soak them in 50/50 water and Clorox for 1/2 hour. The jaws cartilage will be soft and pliable. Tie a string to the center top joint in the middle of the jaw. Hang it up. Use a wooden dowel cut to size and place in the back of the jaw setting the dowel at the 2 outer joints. This keeps the jaws from folding together. Let dry several days and you’re all set. I've done this in the past and it's worked for me. I opted to boil my first set and all the teeth fell to the bottom and I used a small drill and made a necklace from all of them. It didn't occur to me this would be like a shark biting my head when if/when I wanted to wear it.
Sep-26-2008, 09:32 AM #8
[quote=ChupacabraMB;1128605]I have two frozen heads that I have been meaning to cut the teeth out of.quote]
Right next to the hot dogs and milk.
Sep-26-2008, 11:33 AM #9
follow the clorox method above. It softens the remaining tissue and makes it easy to scrape off. Then fix it to a board (as above) and let it dry. I would let it dry for several weeks however to cure up.
Sep-26-2008, 11:50 AM #10
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