January 05 at 12:40pm
Found what may end up being saving grace in form of fine and productive Honey Island wood duck slough and thought the addition of baitcaster with Top Dog would assist in retrieval of downed game,woodies and squirrels,but was not thoroughly prepared to become proficient at casting through maze of branches,vines,etc!!!Made solo Honey Island wood duck hunt while Bayoubob was doing similar hunt,though paddle-in hunt in NShore Marsh and think my decision to abandon Big Branch for balance of miserable 2019/2020 duck season a wise one.Got set up well before shooting time and even placed few decoys,though not in ideal locations due to extremely deep water in slough(will prepare better next time)and had fine pair of woodies WANT to be shot,trouble was I did NOT oblige them as they glided past fine hunt spot!!Not long later,yet another set glided in,busted drake on first shot hit probably drake with this one on second and third shots and first drake stone dead and tried my best to snag him with baitcaster but unable despite valliant effort and did hear other drake,most likely wounded,screeching like they do when on water but was unable to locate him,very frustrating and but WILL have either Chapman pirogue of kayak on next venture out there!!!Hurts as when I was trying to track down dead drake,ran across pile of fresh drake feathers,NO DOUBT,from drake I downed this past Friday but likewise unable to get to due to extremely high water.Dat gonna end this Wed/Th when I will not only take another diehard with me but will have lightweight Chapman or yak with me!!Bayoubob got back to me saying he did NOT raise his gun while I had more than ample opportunities just need watercraft to extricate downed game!!Got text from GB3 and his hunt in Arkansas a slow one today,unfortunately!!