Seaducks 10/27

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Seaducks 10/27

Postby Major Woods » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:46 am

In spite of the forecast I wanted to try for some of the scoters I have been seeing in my blackfishing area.
Got to the boat launch before light and encountered light winds and sprinkles, decided it's not too bad for the 20'cc duck boat and set off into the dark with Pops.

The plan was to set up for the sea ducks off a rocky outcropping for the first hour and then motor a short distance to the reef for blackfish as the tide cranked up. The seas had a 2' swell with 1' chop with no/off sprinkles, but since the swell was long in period the overall condition was doable for the small aluminum 20' boat.

Had so much action at the island with a good number of birds in the area we decided to stay put and bang away at the flocks. The birds were coming in fully committed to the decoys and I splashed the first 2 scoter easily. Pops was having a hard time connecting and missed the next 4 birds. Several more flight came threw and we added 3 eider to the bag, 2 females and 1 male.

Decided to head over to the fishing spot as it was getting late in the tide, hauled the decoys, motors over to the reef and anchored up. We were the only ones on the reef where usually there are 20+ boat. Had one guy fly fishing that came thru in a 18' BW looking for bass against the rocks, he had no luck.

On the first drop of the line got a undersized black that was released, rebaited and dropped down again. Stayed there for an hour, during this time had multiple flocks of sea ducks and brant buzz by the boat, Pops was able to add a oldsquaw to the bag after missing a bunch of easy shots while trying to fish. Pretty funny watching him trying to decide which to grab, the gun as birds are coming in or the rod that's twitching with a black stealing his bait.

Came back in around 11 with 6 sea ducks and no blacks.
Thousands on the boat.
Hundreds on decoys.
Time away from the wife....priceless
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Postby DUKHTR » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:13 am

gotta love the cast-n-blast!!!! :smile:

I think alot of the action we were seeing in far southern ME early in the month has moved southward.....the seaducking is very slow all of a sudden.....although the colder weather is moving in finally so I am looking for some build-up of migrants by the end of this week
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Postby capt. ken » Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:19 pm

All right I have long been curious about sea duck set ups. How do you camo the boat and what do you wear?
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Postby WillHuntForFood » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:24 pm

Nice job Major, sounds like you and your pops had a great time.
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Postby Major Woods » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:15 pm

capt. ken wrote:All right I have long been curious about sea duck set ups. How do you camo the boat and what do you wear?


The boat is camo painted, decoy bag over the CC, with the shooters wearing dark camo cloths.
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Hundreds on decoys.
Time away from the wife....priceless
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Postby MrCamoClad » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:26 pm

Good job Major - Seaducks already.

Hmm....Maybe its time for us to hit the salt instead of the CT River for 1st week of 2nd season.
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Postby Major Woods » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:49 am

I intend to hit the Old Squaw spot a bit early this year as the signs are there for a early shoot.
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Hundreds on decoys.
Time away from the wife....priceless
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