Gangrig, I think the problem in your area is twofold. First, 10 years ago, the powers that be decided that the hydrilla had to go. Fishermen,sailboaters and northern transplants didnt like the hydrilla,so they started spraying the creeks and killing all the hydrilla. No Hydrilla in the creeks=no hydrilla in the sound.The hydrilla started dying and the ducks found somewhere else to be. I also think that AG chemical runoff played a part in the grass die off. Second,Right before the ducks started thinning out,When there were still snotpiles of birds where we used to hunt,folks from farther east invaded and shot the birds out of the area. I remember days when we never even saw another boat hunting. Between the dying grass and the extreme pressure, the ducks went somewhere else.