Randy hails from Nisswa Minnesota and was born in 1956. He got started by carving a rainbow trout center peice. Another carver said
I should make spearing decoys because I did such a good job T carving .
Bob Johnson from Baxter should me how to make my fish into decoys my
letting me watch him in his shop at home every nite for about two weeks.
He then told me I should try and carve a fish or two for the gathering
in Perham Minnesota in 2004 and see how I'd do because they swam so
good and looked so nice. So I made a under 3 inch crappie and took 4th
place, made a 10 inch Northern and took 5th place, and a Golden Shinner
didn't place but it's on the print 2006 for The Gathering. I've also
taken 5th place ribbons in 10" Northern two other years. And in Texas
World I've taken 20th place out of 35 fish gotten a blue ribbon and
$50.00 on a Lake Trout.
I also took a 5th place on a 6" Red & White
Northern, took a photo of it keep the ribbon and gave the decoy to a
very good friend of mine. I also took a 5th place in the Bob Johnson
Invational in Brainerd Minnesota on a 10" Northern. I've only been
carving decoys sence 2004.
Most of the time make them realistic with
scales, gills, wood tails, glass eyes, sealed always, and five clear
coats over every fish. I've been making a very bright golden Shinner
for three years now that swims circles slowly and works very well. I won
2nd place in the White Fish Open Spearing Contest 2011 with it on 12
1/2 pound northern. It was in the water for only one and a half circles,
about two seconds. My son and I have had about 150 fish in 2011 come in
and hit this decoy. The Northern and Goldern Shinners are the two I
like to carve the most.
Randy belongs to The Minnesota Dark House & Angling Ass. (8) years
,Muskies Inc.(7) years, Merrifield Lions Club(26) years. I've taken one
4th place (under 3" Crappie) 2004, Three 5th places(2 -10" Northern)
2004,2005 (1- 6" Northern 2006) The Gathern Perham, Minnesota. Also
took 20th place (2005) Lake Trout Blue Ribbion & $50.00 out of 35
fish Texas World, at Perham, Minnesota.
I also took Peoples Choise 5th
Place (2004) with my first northern I made. In The Bob Johnson
Invasional (2005) 5th Place Northern Pike, People Choise (2006) Red
& White 6" Northern. I'am just starting to show my son Brandon how
to carve fish now.
So far I'am the only one in my family to carve that
I know of. I started carving because my Dad kept telling me with my
wood working skills I should be able to make something that would work
to spear fish. I started taking a fish carving class but didn't tell
him about it, wanted to surprise him. But before I could finish the 12
week class my DAD past away from a 7 year bout with cancer. He never got
to see any of my carvings. So I put his photo on top of a sealed tank
with my first 10" Rainbow Trout in it and my Decoys on top around his
It's the best I could do. Love you DAD. I also have a Muskie
10" on the 15th Aniverssery Print for The Gathering 2012.
you can contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org