hey guys and gals, I chased the huge flocks of broadbills on the sound the last weekend. saturday i took our own redheads and greenheads. (must be tough for a young lady to meet some scruffy old codger at some frozen ramp and harbor at 5:15 am in the dark thinking you are going out in that ice and darkness with that dude??? ha ha ha)
had a tough entry into the water...3" mostly freshwater ice at the bottom of a frozen ramp..it was a tough task, but we got it done with only one bent trailer guide post. the wind was supposed to blow and the divers were flying wide most of the last week in the mornings..so i picked a spot that basically didnt pan out( although it was the best lee in the area)..we only had two or three shootable birds in the decoys. But i made the best of my chance of scaring my new guest from thinking of trying it again. I put her to work stringing long lines and driving the boat to pick them up...
here is redheads and greenheads
this is the closest she would let me sit near her!!!
( dont try to trianglulate my postion from the bouys, i moved them all for the picture, and bsides the spot wasnt that great!!!! ha ha)
seriously, she was a trooper for the weather, the ramp and the results....
on sunday I went out with a guy I met on the duck hunters refuge for the first time as well.
went to a totally different spot and the divers didnt coopoerate that day either. but we steadily popped off a nice bag of widgeon, gadwals and mallards,( 11 in all ) with a single canada in for good measure. his wife wanted him home early, but I told the guy" tell her its the LAST DAY, and the codger wont take you back to the ramp". So he stays out till the end only for us to find the boat went dry on the last hour of the drop!!! and we had to wait till 7;30 float it again!! ha ha..i mean GRRRR!!
we busted the monster flock of broadbills traveling from the first set to the second set( easily several thousand, a nice sight to see!!)..
.it was my GF's birthday and i got home late!! worked out good, because she cleaned my place, and did the dishes while she waited!!!!!!
the harbor for both days was just a narrow opening , the width of my boat to come and go...and the big chunks of ice busted my transducer... and wonder how it didnt bust the shear pins of the guys that followed me.( who would not have been able to get out if i didnt go before them!!. my 115 hp was straining in a few places to bust the ice...
my puppy( 1 year next month) really had a great time all weekend...
hope everyone had a good season