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Mike Holmes

Iron Mountain, Michigan





Fish Decoys Net - Carver's Spotlight

June 2009

Fish Decoys Net Carver of the Month

Mike Holmes of Iron Mountain, Michigan is an active spear-fisherman and award winning carver. His years spent in the outdoors as a game warden have influenced his carving style. The fish he carves are very realistic, right down to the individual scales put on even his "user" fish. Some consider him to be one of the "Masters of Realism". He has a keen eye for detail in carving and paint, but above all his fish are great swimmers.

Mike Holmes was president of the Michigan Darkhouse Angling Association which formed in 2002. He has been carving fish decoys for over twenty years for his own use and for sale to other fishers.

Mike was awarded the prestigious the NFDA's 2007's Living Legends Award


Mike Holmes, Iron Mountain, Mi. Holmes' family have been Darkhouse anglers and fish decoy carvers for over 100 yrs.  This working yellow perch fish decoy, took second place honors in the Working Yellow Perch category at the (GLFDCCA) Great Lakes Fish Decoy Collectors & Carvers Assn. Fish Decoy World Championships in Sept. Winning bidder will get the ribbon.  It is a great swimmer and a favorite of spear fishermen.  Mike is a champion fish decoy carver and has won hundreds of ribbons in World, National and International Fish Decoy carving competitions. He is a retired Michigan Conservation Officer and President and Founder of the (MDAA) Michigan Darkhouse Angling Association.

Mike wrote and article on Building a Fish Decoy


 Last Updated on June 3, 2009


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