Long line decoy sizes

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  1. Flyin Brian

    Flyin Brian New Member

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    I understand the concept of oversized decoys providing greater visibility. But, does anyone mix up their decoy sizes on their long lines between oversized and standard intentionally? I feel like by varying the drop line lengths slightly (2-4”) and random decoy sizes within the line, it breaks it up and provides a more realistic presentation. Thoughts?
     
  2. oleww

    oleww Senior Refuge Member

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    Yes, kinda. When I put out long lines, I am looking for numbers... so everything I own hoes out. To include puddle duck feeder butts in 20 feet of water.
     
  3. Flyin Brian

    Flyin Brian New Member

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    So it’s a shear numbers thing for you, the decoy sizes varies by default. Thank you.
     
  4. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    I prefer oversized decoys on my long lines. 110-125% of life size. Not quite Magnums as they take up a lot of space in the boat, but bigger.

    For the loose birds in the spread I am looking for life size birds or even slightly smaller than life size. In those cases I am after numbers to build the look of the active raft.
     
  5. Flyin Brian

    Flyin Brian New Member

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  6. smashdn

    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

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    If you want smaller than life size get higdon divers. They small.
     
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    meb Senior Refuge Member

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    I use majority magnum Herters 72s and Quacks. But will run line of Herters 72s and 62s together. I also won some higdon redheads I will use if I want to boost redhead numbers. They are like pigeon sized. I’d run all magnums if I had more but don’t hesitate to mix sizes.
     
  8. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't see how different sizes of the same species is more realistic. :scratch We are talking about divers right? The only waterfowl dumber are seaducks. Use ALL of your oversized decoys and then add life size if more decoys are needed.
     
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  9. Flyin Brian

    Flyin Brian New Member

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    My line of thought was adult/juvenile birds thinking there may be a slight size difference. I only hunter puddle ducks with my father growing up, divers are new for me thugs year, 30 years later. The divers and I may have something in common for the first year but, I’ll figure them out! Thank you.
     
  10. Missy Skeeter

    Missy Skeeter Senior Refuge Member

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    I like the smaller size so I can fit 2 in each slot.
    In this photo the lower 3 slots have 2 dekes in each slot.
    6pack.JPG
     

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