Ducks 1, Me 0
Launched out of Fortescue for the first time. Waited til it was light out to go out but it was still real soupy with the fog.
After riding around for a bit I did find some scoters in the area and did also see some squaws on the way back. Got 2 decent shots at birds but was way behind them. Some birds around but not like 2 weeks ago when I went fishing out of Cape May. There were Scoters everywhere that day. I have a couple doz bluebill decoys that I laid out, but will have to paint up some scoters.
Most of my day was spent figuring out this open water long line hunting thing. I know I need more weights on my decoys for sure. I set up (at least I thought I did) then went upwind with the boat and next thing I knew the decoys were drifting off slowly bouncing the anchors as they went. First few times will be a learning experience I'm sure. Fun regardless. I just have to wait for calm days on the bay with my boat.
Is it just me or do scoters seem to prefer deeper water than squaws? I saw most of them further out and the squaws in the shallower water as I rode back to the ramp.
Anyone have a preferred sea duck choke and load?
Also I bought some 6 mil plastic sheeting a little while ago and put it on the sides of the boat blind to do the visqueen thing and have it look like water to the birds. Anyone have this work for them or should I just leave the boat blind in a low position and create a smaller profile?
Looking forward to getting out again if the weather is right. Maybe between Christmas and New Years.
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted