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Postby MattW » Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:09 am

Hello! I'm a new guy to Florida. I hail from Ohio and have been enjoying duck hunting for quit a number of years now. I can tell already that this is a whole new ball of wax down here!
If anyone could be of help getting me off on the right foot here in central Florida I would greatly appricate it.
I live in Deltona, Volusia county.

Thanks, Matt
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Postby snipeshooter » Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:45 pm

Hello MattW
L live across the river in Sanford. Don't know what type of ducks you hunted in Ohio but down here it is mostly teal and ringnecks. The hunting along the river varies alot depending on the waterlevels and the spraying the state does.
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Postby turkmaster04 » Mon Aug 07, 2006 7:25 pm

Welcome to DHC. I have lived in Deltone for 35 yrs and duck hunted for 25. mostly on the St. Johns. The early teal season dates should be posted next week. lot of info on the fwc website.
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Postby MattW » Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:54 am

Thanks for the replys!

Mostly puddlers in Central Ohio. Woodies and mallards were the mainstay along with blacks and mergs.
Goose took up the late season when most things locked up with ice.

I sold my boat before I moved, big mistake! If any of you guys know of one, I would be interested.
It dosent have to be decked out. What I'm looking for is a flat bottem with a 25 horse. I'll fix it up to my liking. in the price range of under $1,500.

I still have to have my dekes ups 'ed to me. All I have is mallards and goose. Any suggestions on what type to purchase for these parts?

Thanks again!
P.S. if any of you guys need a buddy for afew hunts to show me the local unwritten rules for down here in the south I would jump at the chance.

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Postby snipeshooter » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:47 am

Keep the hen mallards as they look like the mottled ducks that are common down here. I would paint the drakes to look like another kind of duck. There are very few mallards down here except for the bread eaters in town and at the boat ramp. Get some teal decoys to go with your hen mallards and you are ready to hunt puddleducks. If you want to hunt divers paint the drakes black and white like ringnecks and get some coot decoys and your ready to hunt divers.
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Postby kg4yus » Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:44 pm

Matt, Welcome to the board and welcome to Florida.
I'm just about an hour north of you in Putnam County on Lake George. Theres good hunting here. And the invitiation is open if you want to come up for a hunt or two.

Boat here ya go This is a Steal! The guy goes by the nickname deadringer.
It is a 2003 G3 1544 aluminum jon with a 1998 25hp 2-stroke Yamaha (electric start if you get a new starter for it). The lower unit on the Yamaha is 4-5 years old, a dealer replacement. Boat has carpeted floorboards, and has holes predrilled for bilge thru-hull, stern light and eye-style bow lights that we used to have on there. I can write up a rigging list to follow the same set-up we had on it and now have on our 16 footer. The boat is in Miami, but I live in Melbourne and can trailer the boat to central Florida if need be. Call me at (305) 519 4454 or my dad Bob at (786) 280 8550. We are asking $1500 obo for the boat, motor and trailer.
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Postby MattW » Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:31 am

Kg4yus , Thats great! It sounds like what I'm looking for.
I'll call you A.S.A.P .

Thanks again!
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Postby kg4yus » Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:34 pm

I just passed the info along.
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Postby kg4yus » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:50 pm

Congrats Matt.
I see you have the deal in the works for the boat from deadringer. :salude:
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Postby MattW » Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:00 am

I have to wait for him to attend to his personnel business before I can get the boat.
Man I'm like a kid at Christmas that knows what he is getting weeks before he is allowed to open it!!!! :getdown:

I've been in Florida almost a month now and being around all of this water and no means to access it is killing me. :thumbsdown:
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Postby kg4yus » Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:50 pm

Rodman can be a good spot but thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers
evry stictch of hydrilla has been eradicated so the high dollar "bass Fsherman" can use the area without getting their ratt-l-traps caught in it.
Not to mention the lake is on permanent drawdown along with the low water levels in the St Johns.
Ive hunted Lk George for nearly 30 yrs and there is good hunting. The past season was pretty sorry due to hurricane damage most of the grass beds were washed out, but they are slowly coming back. Volusia Bar looked like a submerged sahara, pure sand with very little eel grass.
This year should be better as long as the Corps of Engineers stays the hell off the lake, they are the ones who handle aquatic vegetation spraying.
If you hunt the East shore you got to watch the a-holes from Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach who like to hunt within 50 feet of your spread. Then they skybust at every bird that is within eyesite (idiots) They launch from Shell Harbour Rd.

When you get your rig from DeadRinger shoot me a message I'll show you around up here if you have time.
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Postby Jay Jolicoeur » Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:38 am

My only advice is to check out Merrit Island. You are not far and it is fun hunting. You need to have taken the hunters safety, but Florida honors them from other states if you have one.

Welcome to Florida. It is ok to hunt in shorts and Hiawian shirts. :getdown:
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Postby snipeshooter » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:53 am

Was up at Rodman this weekend and there was plenty of water, they said they are holding the level at 20 ft. Still not much for vegetation though.
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Postby kg4yus » Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:20 am

Good news,the last I heard from Ed Taylor, Chairman of the Save Rodman Resevoir Committee, the lake was at drawdown and not expected to be allowed to rise.

Watch for UFO's though.....
http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/032/S32240.html
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Postby kg4yus » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:40 pm

Matt, where you hiding man... Saw some ducks in your neck o the woods today!!!!
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Postby mgoldschmidt » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:47 am

well... tell me more!!!
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Postby kg4yus » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:01 pm

MattG, I was referring to the other Matt or MattW :toofunny:

Saw some in Deltona
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Postby mgoldschmidt » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:05 pm

ahhhh...ok

Well, Im in Lake Mary,so I guess it sortof applies to me...
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