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Spearfishing Decoys: High Art For Killing Big Fish

Spearfishing Decoys: High Art For Killing Big Fish

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from troutmad wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I am proud to say that I have a small collecion of Dave's decoys. I have been collecting his fish for around 25 years. I haven't me him personally, but from our phone calls and letters I can tell you that he true outdoor gentleman, with a wonderful talent.
After a great fly fishing trip down to the bayous of Louisiana, fishing for reds and sea trout, I called Dave and asked him if he could carve a sea trout for me. I felt like I was walking on thin ice, but I had to ask.
It turned out to be no challange for him, and a few weeks later, I received a package with a beautiful sea trout in it.
I have been waiting with bated breahe for the ice to get thick enough in Lousiana to try it out!
I am pleased to see Dave getting to recognition he deserves.
David Watterworth

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from Basser51 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Amazing, is the only word that comes to mind. And my second thought is that I've got to get some if these decoys.

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from MitchV wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

These decoys are works of art. I wouldn't want to put one in the water.
The decoy at the bottom left corner of pic 24 is a loon. The first time I saw such a decoy was at the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis on March 28. When I asked "Why a loon," the collector said anything to get the fishes' attention.

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from Kyle Skiba wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I too have a collection of Mr. Kober's decoys as well as some decorative pieces! This man's workshop is unbelievable! The attention to detail is truly remarkable! Any type of fish you want, he can make. I would have a very hard time putting any of his flawless decoys in the water but they definitely look as realistic as the fish that swim amongst them. Another great option is to have him recreate your trophy fish. It is a beautiful, realistic alternative to traditional mounting.

He and his wife are the nicest people and have raised a remarkable family. Mr. Kober deserves all the recognition possible as he is a very humble, modest craftsman who does not "toot his own horn". Congratulations Dave and Nan! :) Hope you have many more successful years and continue to shine as a premier carver and represent the gold standard in your industry!!!

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from jasond wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Wow, what an awesome tradition to pass down through generations. Beautiful craftsmanship that is often lost in the modern day. I have often wanted to try my hand at carving, maybe it's time. Keep it up Mr. Kober.

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from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Those are beautiful! I want one just to sit on my mantle as a conversation piece. Does he have a website?

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Cool pieces, I just wonder how they would fish. Think I'd rather keep them as a piece of art or a fishing tool.

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from The White Slug wrote 2 years 1 week ago

These are beautiful but John Pusuta's work blows him away.

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from Mathiashunter wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Wow, absolutely beautiful work, I am thinking I just might have to invest in a couple of these decoys just to have them!

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from James Merrill wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

wow! beautiful i agree with mitchV i wouldn't want to put those in the water either, they belong in an art museum or on the wall

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from troutmad wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I am proud to say that I have a small collecion of Dave's decoys. I have been collecting his fish for around 25 years. I haven't me him personally, but from our phone calls and letters I can tell you that he true outdoor gentleman, with a wonderful talent.
After a great fly fishing trip down to the bayous of Louisiana, fishing for reds and sea trout, I called Dave and asked him if he could carve a sea trout for me. I felt like I was walking on thin ice, but I had to ask.
It turned out to be no challange for him, and a few weeks later, I received a package with a beautiful sea trout in it.
I have been waiting with bated breahe for the ice to get thick enough in Lousiana to try it out!
I am pleased to see Dave getting to recognition he deserves.
David Watterworth

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from Basser51 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Amazing, is the only word that comes to mind. And my second thought is that I've got to get some if these decoys.

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from MitchV wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

These decoys are works of art. I wouldn't want to put one in the water.
The decoy at the bottom left corner of pic 24 is a loon. The first time I saw such a decoy was at the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis on March 28. When I asked "Why a loon," the collector said anything to get the fishes' attention.

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from Kyle Skiba wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I too have a collection of Mr. Kober's decoys as well as some decorative pieces! This man's workshop is unbelievable! The attention to detail is truly remarkable! Any type of fish you want, he can make. I would have a very hard time putting any of his flawless decoys in the water but they definitely look as realistic as the fish that swim amongst them. Another great option is to have him recreate your trophy fish. It is a beautiful, realistic alternative to traditional mounting.

He and his wife are the nicest people and have raised a remarkable family. Mr. Kober deserves all the recognition possible as he is a very humble, modest craftsman who does not "toot his own horn". Congratulations Dave and Nan! :) Hope you have many more successful years and continue to shine as a premier carver and represent the gold standard in your industry!!!

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from jasond wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Wow, what an awesome tradition to pass down through generations. Beautiful craftsmanship that is often lost in the modern day. I have often wanted to try my hand at carving, maybe it's time. Keep it up Mr. Kober.

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from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Those are beautiful! I want one just to sit on my mantle as a conversation piece. Does he have a website?

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Cool pieces, I just wonder how they would fish. Think I'd rather keep them as a piece of art or a fishing tool.

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from Mathiashunter wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Wow, absolutely beautiful work, I am thinking I just might have to invest in a couple of these decoys just to have them!

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from James Merrill wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

wow! beautiful i agree with mitchV i wouldn't want to put those in the water either, they belong in an art museum or on the wall

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from The White Slug wrote 2 years 1 week ago

These are beautiful but John Pusuta's work blows him away.

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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.