Decoy weights for coastal marshes

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Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby buowill » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:28 am

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what size weights to use for decoys while hunting in the coastal marshes. Some of those channels have some strong incoming/outgoing tides, so I was curious what the lightest weights were that I could get away with. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Also any tips on how to make your own weights would be welcomed. Thanks!
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby JustinNH » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:44 pm

I have 4oz strap weights on all my decoys except teal. Hold fine in salt water marsh channels, big rivers and lakes.
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby capt1972 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:07 pm

JustinNH wrote:I have 4oz strap weights on all my decoys except teal. Hold fine in salt water marsh channels, big rivers and lakes.

This, unless you get a bunch of seaweed stuck on the line.
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby buowill » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:00 pm

JustinNH,
Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds light, but I'll take your word on it.
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby buowill » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:01 pm

capt1972,
I see your from the sea coast, and you don't completely agree with JustinNH...any suggestions?
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby capt1972 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:20 pm

If its a good mucky bottom 4 ounces is fine. If the bottom is hard sand or gravel you will need more weight like 6 ounces or shape that will dig in like a pyramid sinker or a mushroom.
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:30 am

shape that will dig in like a pyramid sinker or a mushroom


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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby JustinNH » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:24 am

capt1972 wrote:If its a good mucky bottom 4 ounces is fine. If the bottom is hard sand or gravel you will need more weight like 6 ounces or shape that will dig in like a pyramid sinker or a mushroom.


Yeah, where I hunt is mostly mucky.
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Re: Decoy weights for coastal marshes

Postby toolmaker » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:16 am

making the weights 6 oz more, helps in all conditions and only adds a few lbs per decoy bag!!! well worth it since you are most liklet carrying the bag in a boat!! so who cares if the bag weighs 6 more lbs because of the extra anchor weight.

you really shouldnt be hunting the ips or where the flow is strong enough to pull 8 oz anchors...but sometimes you set up to pull birds to an area that has cover for you and or your boat...so you set in less than ideal conditions at times, and the extra weights saves from a cluster flock of decoys!!!

i bet most of my anchors are 12 oz to 1 lb!

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