Beginners' Layout Hunting Guide

murdock84

Elite Refuge Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2008
Messages
2,004
Reaction score
93
Location
Pennsylvania
I'm assuming your screen name is your email address? If so I have it saved, I can email it to you.
 

migr82az

Refuge Member
Joined
Dec 5, 2013
Messages
39
Reaction score
0
Location
Arizona
Thank you very much for the reply. The first link to google docs does not work for me. The second link to the dropbox worked great. I really appreciate you sharing, haven't had time to read it yet but looks like a great write-up!
 

DUCKEY

Refuge Member
Joined
Dec 11, 2019
Messages
84
Reaction score
57
Sweet! Currently building a layout and will use it next season.
I have been layout hunting for 7 years and have never found a good written introduction or basic guide to layout hunting. The best thing I've seen is the MLB intro DVD, which is great and got me going, but I realized there were more issues that needed to be addressed. I decided last year to write an intro guidebook to layout hunting and posted the chapters up on this site for review and comment. I deliberately sat on everything until the 2010 season had passed so I could check my book against the realities of a recent season, and it seems to be holding true.

I don?t pretend to be an expert, or that what I present is the only way or the best way. There are lots of ways to do any and all of the pieces outlined here. But this is a starting point for people wanting to get into this sport within a sport.

So, here is a "guidebook", free of charge, free to share, free to comment on as a resource for everyone who layout hunts or is thinking about getting into it. If there are glaring issues or omissions, please let me know.

The guidebook has chapters on the following. Any of these is worthy of a book dedicated to that topic, but this is a starting point:
1-Decoys
2-Longline rigging
3-Longline & layout placement
4-Layout boat rigging
5-Hunting out of layout
6-Sea ducking
7-Tender considerations
8-Transport
9-Setting up at Night
10-Boat driving
11-Safety issues
12-Where to go
13-Reality check
14-Sources for more info

Many thanks to the people who helped with the initial chapters and those who let me use photos to illustrate specific items (mainly Capt Jeff Coats).

You can find the online version here and download it if you'd like:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&...TUtMTJkNTY0Y2UzNmZk&hl=en_US&authkey=CKeG7aML
eet!
 

Top