Northern KY, huh? Well I'm about 45 minutes away in a little town called Brookville, IN, where Brookville Lake is. It's about a 5000 acre lake with decent hunting. I'm definately no pro either, but love to just go. I usually don't have a lot of success either, but I try like hell and have fun :) Not sure if ya have some good spots where you are at, but I could show you the lake around here. Not a lot of duck hunters around Brookville, so I usually go by myself or take my 14 year old nephew
(he's hooked). Also not sure if you are interested in hunting in IN? There's also a few larger creeks (Whitewater River) around here but I haven't tried them yet. They look good, though, especially for early season wood ducks and mallards!