What ISD said is true as well, you can shoot divers over puddlers. I’d leave the woody’s to home and use your mallards and teal. This summer start buying some broadbill decoys and start to add them to your spread. Over time you can replace the puddlers with them. I all ways keep some Black duck decoys in the boat, having some puddlers with you never hurts. Broadbills have been the dominant diver decoy for years, you can’t go wrong with them. I like white on the water for divers pretty much any diver will decoy to BB decoys. Whistlers as you probably know won’t decoy as well, unless you have some Whistler decoys out.
As you know, all ducks have a place where they roost and a place where they feed. Scout and find those places, when you do your half way home. I try to hunt the feeds. I hunt out of layouts and boat blinds. I have also crushed them on their feeds from shore blinds. If you can’t get to their feeds try to find a point in between and set up there.
Now IMO your 13ft boat is a little small for big water. I’ve seen your lake and that’s big water. Your boat would be great hunting from shore, but IMO that’s it. Please don’t get mad, I just don’t want to hear of you getting your butt in trouble next year.
To hunt big water write it take money. Yes you can hunt big water from shore and have a blast doing it. Now some will argue this, but I believe to hunt big water you need a big boat, big motor and a big spread as well as all the safety equipment. Most of the time when you hear of a duck hunter dieing it’s not because he’s been shot, but because he drowned.
Please keep in mind I’m not trying to talk you out of hunting big water, man I want to see you hunting it. Keep this in mind, to hunt big water think big and think safety
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