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  1. Diver-Fun

    Diver-Fun Refuge Member

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    What size weight do most of you use on each decoy when hunting the Chesapeake Bay
     
  2. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    About five pounds should hold 'em.
     
  3. Diver-Fun

    Diver-Fun Refuge Member

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    Oh ok I’ll have to try that
    Thanks.️
     
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  4. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    Be sure to rig them with a log chain.
     
  5. Diver-Fun

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    How long of a chain should I use and what size of link do I need to get and are you sure that will hold the decoy
     
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    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    There are areas where the current rips and it might take 2lbs to hold, this is especially true if you are setting a seaduck rig.

    If you are in a spot where it is calm, I would think normal 8-12 oz weights would work fine.
     
  7. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    About a foot of 3/8" chain should do the trick....and you won't even need an anchor!
     
  8. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Puddle ducks 8oz
    Divers 12-16oz
    Geese 12-16oz

    This morning I had slack water at set up time and then 20+ mph wind with tide at pick up time. It really varies on decoy, tide, and how open it is. I recall using 20 foot lines with 3lb sash weights on teal in a tidal river in DE that wouldn't hold.
     
  9. fowlwhacker

    fowlwhacker Elite Refuge Member

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    all depends on bottom, wind, current, decoy weight and line length. I rig all my goose, puddler and diver single on 8 ounce weights with 9' of line hunting a big river from shore. we use sash weights on long lines for divers and I use 5 to 10 lbs on my seaduck long lines although 5 has always been enough unless it is snotty out.
     
  10. boykinsbuddy

    boykinsbuddy Elite Refuge Member

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    ^^^ Yep...all depends. When hunting on the sound a 2 pound weight is the norm for the guides that leave their blocks out all season...and those get stomped into the sand. They use cast iron muffin tins for their molds and fill the muffin openings all the way up. On our last trip I put out my decoys with 12oz+ weights stomped in. The first day they held fine but the second day they were drifting back with the wind. You know the wind is bad when your guide has to jump out of the boat and set the anchor by foot to get it to hold.
     

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