shallow water layout hunting.

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shallow water layout hunting.

Postby timbertime » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:21 pm

I hunt shallow water ranging in depth from sixteen inches to three foot deep. We normally hunt anywhere from 75 to 300 yards from shore and build a blind to hunt divers. I have an opportunity to purchase two layout boats at a very reasonable price and am wondering if any of u guys use your layouts in shallow water. It seems that it should be no different than deep water minus need for tender. I will use the same stand I use for my dog when hunting from a blind and just let him retrieve (theoretically). There are always a variable or two that I don't consider. I have never hunted out of a layout in any form, so any advice or consideration would be appreciated.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby Tealer » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:45 pm

I have hunted my UFO in less then 3 feet many times. I hunt a spot where the middle of the river is only 3 to 5 feet deep. The bluebills love it.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby boney fingers » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:13 pm

I know guys that do it, the biggest problem would be divers are tough to kill and you will lose lots of birds without a tender. If your used to hunting shore without a tender you would probably know this.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby trigger22 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:16 pm

We regularly use our layout boats in shallow water. In fact, we probably use them just as much in shallow water as we do in deep. By shallow I'm talking 12-18 inches. We also use them in the marsh from time to time and take grass mats and camo them up.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby Tealer » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:00 pm

boney fingers wrote:I know guys that do it, the biggest problem would be divers are tough to kill and you will lose lots of birds without a tender. If your used to hunting shore without a tender you would probably know this.


My tender needs 7" sitting 4" under power.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby loon » Mon May 06, 2013 7:49 am

I use a layout boat in Shallow water I hunt a huge flat that is 2 to 3 feet deep without a tender. The key is to be quick on a crippled bird firing a fast follow-up shot or even getting out of the boat for a chase. Even though my hunting partner has a good retriever I prefer not to use it for divers. There aren't too many dogs that can out swim even a hard-hit wounded whistler.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby g_maxson » Mon May 06, 2013 11:59 am

IMO, shallow water has it's benefits.

#1 you don't have to run long lines
#2 you don't have to run long lines
#3 you don't have to run long lines

Not that running long lines is a big deal, but you can set a lot better spread and do a lot better hiding the boat when you can surround it by singles and don't need to leave a path for the tender.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby Nelliboy2 » Tue May 07, 2013 8:47 pm

I hunt swallow water some. I enjoy it, I really think that the spreads look a lot better without long lines. Just me.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu May 09, 2013 3:36 pm

I use LL's in shallow / deep water. They make putting out and pulling in a lot faster.

In shallow water I will use singles at the top of the spread to make it look more realistic.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby timbertime » Fri May 10, 2013 5:49 pm

Thanks for all the responses.
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Re: shallow water layout hunting.

Postby Tealer » Fri May 10, 2013 11:37 pm

ScaupHunter wrote:I use LL's in shallow / deep water. They make putting out and pulling in a lot faster.

In shallow water I will use singles at the top of the spread to make it look more realistic.



Totally agree. I would rather use long lines, they are very effective and fast to set up. Until divers get enough pressure to smarten up there is no reason for anything else. I will sometimes through singles out, but it really only appeases me. I don't think it really matters.
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