It ended up being a great place to be, but I came up empty handed anyway. I arrived at dawn and set up along the shore in a shallow cove. The other side of the water was about 175 yards out. Almost right away there was activity and ducks were flying across the water. I had 2 flocks of geese come in as well. I had a few mallards come in pretty close and they landed the cove area. I took a shot on a drake and hit him, but we was able to make it to the other shore with the rest of the group. I don't really know how he did. I checked the spot and I had feathers there and his flight was labored, but he didn't drop. I think I need different loads.
The rest of the day was a real bust because the other shore was extremely active all day but since I don't own decoys yet every duck that would come through would see the group on the other shore and hang out with them. The same was true for the geese. They landed on the other side and would respond to my calls, but didn't swim across. The other shore was private property and I couldn't find the owner so I spent the rest of the day hoping a bird would check out my side of the water, but that never happened.
Total count for the day was 68 geese, 15 mallards, 8 divers, and 2 mystery ducks that were lightening quick and flew just above the water. What I have learned during my first season is that I need a kayak, decoys, and probably 3 1/2 inch loads instead of 3 inch number 4's.