We actually run a pretty big boat (18ft) but it's a bit custom so it really doesn't draw much water which is nice. So for that reason we can take it on just about any size water and can hunt the main snake, smaller water and open water like CJ or Magic Res or Owyhee Res. We take the neighborhood kids hunting a lot so it pays to have a nice stable big boat. Although we have a nice beavertail blind for it, we rarely if ever hunt out of it mostly because we don't have a dog and chasing cripples is a PITA. I am contemplating something smaller for even smaller water but we can just about put ours anywhere there is a boat ramp.
The spot today was a nice little local spot that I scouted out over the course of a few days/weeks and just picked the right wind to hit it. The birds are pretty spooky right now and it pays to strap on the binocs and spend some time looking. I don't think I will go back to it for while since they just have good memories right now.
The pattern is so totally backwards right now I don't really know what to make of it but I am sticking to the plan of scout, confirm and then hunt the birds where they want to be.
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