Weights for sea ducks

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Weights for sea ducks

Postby Ross R » Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:00 pm

Me and my buddy made some sea duck sleds, how many do you put on a stringer and how much weight do you guys use? thanks!!
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How much and how many

Postby big37dog » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:33 pm

I run 12 ( single decoys)per 100 ft string. With home made 5 lb anchors ( approx) on each end.
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Postby Ross R » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:39 pm

what type of decoys are they?? are they sea duck decoys? if so what brand?
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Eiders

Postby big37dog » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:41 am

Up here when we talk sea ducks its usually Eiders.

I have two kinds of decoys
Ones a carrylite the other a sportplast.

The carrylites look the best.

Typically I run 4, 5 or 6 strings with twelve per string.

I have pre measured 100 ft strings with a knot every fathom ( 6 feet)

I snap the decoys on the knots. This way I can feel the knots as I run the decoys in the dark.


Usually....

I drop the boat anchor first with a toss away bottle on it

Then I set my decoys in accordance to the bottle. Most times I set the decoys perpendicular to the lay of the boat. Leaving a larger opening broadside the boat.


When I am done placing decoys I go back pick up the bottle toss out a stearn anchor ( again usually) then pull ahead on the bow anchor to snug up the boat.

Next I spread my covers over the boat

Then cross my fingers.

I don't have a retriever so I have to untie to pick up birds or chase down a cripple.

Did I mention that 95% of the time I hunt alone.
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nesting sleds

Postby flylineguide » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:57 am

If you are talking true sleds this is how I used to use mine.

8lbs river anchor Mushroom. Big swivel like a galvanized dog chain swivel. 1/4 main line. On the sled you need to test float them and attach a weight to the bottom to get them to ride correct. I used lead flashing so I could fold it and screw it right where I needed it. Then I ran a 1/4 eyebolt into the sled through the flashing. 3 feet of 1/4 line to a snap swivel. Deploy your sleds from the anchored boat on the none weighted end of your main line. Let the wind and current take them and spread them out 4-6 feet. Then set your river anchor. I dont use mine anymore, or my v- boards. I do use my spreader beams sometimes but not much.
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Postby Lundman » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:26 pm

On all my eider rigs I use 8 lbs. dive weights. we gun commercially every day and they stand up to the rigors of every day use.
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Postby Ross R » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:10 pm

do you use sleds? and how many do you put on a rig?
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Postby Lundman » Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:07 am

We use mostly blocks on a main line. But we do set the sleds once in a while. I use 12 blocks per string, and put out 3 strings. On my set of sleds there is 6 sets.
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Postby TheSwamper » Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:37 am

Those grapple anchors work pretty good for sleds.

We use window sash weights.

Double em' up if you need more weight.
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Postby Ross R » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:16 pm

hey guys thanks for all of the help i really apreciate it. i will definately post up the pictures of the hunt!
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