Carved wooden fish decoys have long been used by ice fishermen, packing spears rather than rods, to lure in lunkers on the hardwater. Dave Kober is a fifth generation decoy carver from Cadillac Michigan and makes each deke with painstaking detail. Here's a look at some of Kober's greatest work and a little bit about a man who averages 10 hours on just one decoy.
If you’re ever close to Cadillac, Michigan and would like to drop by master carver Dave Kober’s workshop to take a look at his fish decoys (www.koberdecoys.com), it’s located about eight miles south of town along state route M-115. But telephone first to make sure he’s there, because if it’s winter, “I may be ice fishing...,” Kober says with a grin.