squidooster wrote:paduckhunter33, thank you!
So can you tell me why slotted bags are better for long lines, do the prevent tangles when you are deploying them? I have been cheaping out with the big bags.
Should I get 90', 120' or 140' long main lines'? From what I read 20' each end is for water depth, right?
I was looking at these http://doctarilonglines.com/ but someone told me you want a main line and the drop lines should detach so you can wrap them around the anchors? What do you do?
Do I get 6 lb anchors or less?
How long should the drops be? I have a friend in Ohio with a dog who may go with me, so should I get 36" to help the dog get around things?
squidooster wrote:Nelliboy, thank you for your help! Very helpful, I didn't want to buy both long lines and drops. But I think to get into this sport, I need to buy a lead melter and do what works and that would keep the cost down. I like to make my own stuff anyway.
>> I used mini muffin pans to make the individual weights and standard sized muffin pans for the larger long line weights.
A standard pan is about 3 1/2 ounces. I have been buying 4 & 6 oz Texas rigs for my puddle ducks. So are you saying 3 1/2 is enough for Erie in deeper water? Or are you just putting more weights on each end, like 5 or 6 of the muffin weights depending on the conditions?
Do you put out several long lines and then drop singles around to make it look better?
>> Goldeneye and buffie decoys are all you really need as you can pull just about any diver with them.
I read somewhere that the buffies should not be on a long line? Does that make any sense?
Given that I have 6 Buffies, 6 Canvasback and 6 Bluebills - What you you do, intermix them the same line? Intermix the Canvas and Blues, separate lines? I have no idea. If I got another dozen, what would you buy - Goldeneyes?
>>For the number of decoys you have and the size boat you are running it might help if you got slotted bags to keep them looking good longer.
Thanks, they cost a lot more and I was wondering why, I thought it was more about long lines getting tangled. Never thought about the paint issue. I bought those Avian-X decoys black ducks and honkers (http://www.rogerssportinggoods.com/avia ... 18784.html) They are like velvet, not just plastic, I can't imagine how they will hold up, they look great but not ready to get dirty.
squidooster wrote:Thanks, I just got done reading "Hunting Diving & Seas Ducks by Gary Kramer", a very good book IMO and explained sets well regarding distances but not so much on the types of ducks. So I knew what you meant. Thank you for the clarification.
I can't believe how much layout boats are and I don't seem to see any used ones. And to make it worse I would want a 2 person so I can take one of my daughters or a friend. People told me this was an expensive sport....going from puddle ducks to diving/sea ducks is a whole different story for sure.
Is it a waste of time to hunt out of a regular boat (camo of course) near the dekes? Or do you really need a layout boat? Not looking to be a killing machine, just want some success to start.
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