Husband and wife team, Fred and Jo Anne Campbell of Campbell Fish Decoys aka BenzieJo Decoys create world champion wooden fish decoys from their studio and gallery just south of Benzonia, Michigan. Since 1997 Fred has carved the fish and Jo Anne has carefully painted each of their characteristic markings. Each decoy is individually hand carved and hand painted. Meticulously applied scale texture as well as the vivid painted coloring techniques give the decoys an authentic, realistic appearance. Each decoy is weighted and balanced, so when placed in the water it will swim forward and in a circle mimicking the actual movement of a live fish. The decoys are identified by species and signed on the bottom. Although the decoys can be used for spear fishing they are highly valued as a collectible in the tradition of American Folk Art.
Pictured below are their 4 world champion decoys from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
- Another Bernhardt fish speared over a BenzieJo Red & White Fish Decoy!