Smith wrote:I'm a little puzzled by your post. Are your decoys set up in breaking surf? If the wind is from the north wouldn't the north shore be the quiet side of the lake? Maybe you're on a point extending way out into the lake? Is there any chance you could hunt in a different location? I only tried hunting in a breaking surf one time. We got a couple of shots at birds swinging in, but it was far from an ideal setup; it was that or nothing.
First thanks for the replies about flagging. I did try it from my blind Saturday morning but no success. The bluebills clearly did not want to be near shore. Everything was on a mission and didn't deviate. I'm also thinking the bulk of the lessers have moved on from this part of Lake Ontario. Hopefully greaters will come soon.
Smith, yes I thought the same thing... NW wind but the waves persisted from the south. Puzzling. Anyway, rarely does this north side seem to be calm, we very often have rollers breaking about 200 feet out and yes my dekes are riding the waves or rather crashing through them. It seems this is why the birds aren't wanting to hang out near shore. Still learning about shore hunting divers... On Saturday morning I got a mallard and two bufflehead so it sounds like success similar to yours in the surf situation. Some but not much. I'll try to find some other spots or wait for an off shore wind.