??? For Experienced Diver Guys

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??? For Experienced Diver Guys

Postby Bandit29 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:36 am

So this year we had a bunch of birds migrate down to southeastern KY a few times. Scouting just with binos from one of the ramps at the lakes and seen several hundred, maybe 1k or more a couple of times, but they don't stick around long, 1-2 days. We hunted them once, our first time trying divers and small gang rigs. All the birds we saw were in big pods or groups. Our problem is the depth, where the birds normally sit when they show up is deep, deep water like 50' -100'. Have looked at the net rig deals that simulate the way the birds sit here but what or how do you guys suggest setting dekes in this deep of water. We have saw birds in a few shallower parts on the lake but the majority of the birds sit and fly around in the deep parts. Man made lake, steep drops on banks.
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Re: ??? For Experienced Diver Guys

Postby Krete » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:01 am

Bandit29 wrote:So this year we had a bunch of birds migrate down to southeastern KY a few times. Scouting just with binos from one of the ramps at the lakes and seen several hundred, maybe 1k or more a couple of times, but they don't stick around long, 1-2 days. We hunted them once, our first time trying divers and small gang rigs. All the birds we saw were in big pods or groups. Our problem is the depth, where the birds normally sit when they show up is deep, deep water like 50' -100'. Have looked at the net rig deals that simulate the way the birds sit here but what or how do you guys suggest setting dekes in this deep of water. We have saw birds in a few shallower parts on the lake but the majority of the birds sit and fly around in the deep parts. Man made lake, steep drops on banks.


My normal longlines are setup for 20 feet of water or less. 140' mainline, 20' lead on either end, 12 decoys spaced 8' apart. When hunting deeper water, I have made up extensions for up to 150 feet of water. We hunt lake Ontario for sea ducks, which can get very deep.

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Re: ??? For Experienced Diver Guys

Postby bighillbilly » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Usually that depth of water indicates mid-lake areas of large lakes/reservoirs. I would run a couple long lines off the back of the boat and just drift. The lines will drag behind the boat. Get to the end of your "drift" and just motor back up to the start very slowly as you pull your decoys behind you - or bring them in if you want to get back to start quickly. We hunt them like this in Lake Ontario and it works.
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