Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
January 13, 2016
In review of our most recent discussions over the past few days, there are basically only three rules to duck hunting. The first one is location. That means that you need to be where the ducks want to be. One way to discover where the ducks want to be is by scouting different places ahead of time. Some hunters tend to be really big on scouting because the amount of information they can gain by doing it can sometimes be extensive, and having knowledge of where the ducks are, or want to be, will most often give them a certain advantage over the next guy.
Duck hunting’s second rule states that you must be hidden. This means that you must do whatever you can in order to conceal your presence from ducks that may be approaching your setup. Spend some time looking at your blind from the outside, and fill any voids in camouflage with fresh cover. Remember that it is just as important to be concealed from the back as it is from behind, so make sure your cover is adequate on all sides. Cover from above needs to be addressed, as well, and can often be achieved simply by allowing foliage on the sides of the blind to drape over the top of the blind. If this doesn’t work for you, then you may need to build some type of overhead foliage support that will help hide your location from passing ducks. Whenever possible, covering exposed skin should also be taken into consideration, and can often easily be accomplished with the use of a pair of camouflage gloves and facemask (or bandana).
And the third rule of duck hunting is to try to make your decoy spread look absolutely as natural as humanly possible. To fully comply with this rule may mean you might be forced to reconfigure your layout, or even possibly relocate, throughout the course of the day, but that’s not something you will always have control over. On any given day out in the blind, you may have to move the decoys as many as a half-dozen times and move the Mojo’s to several different spots, or even do away with them altogether. Remembering that the primary purpose of the spinning-wing decoy (the Mojo) is to attract ducks from a long distance, keep in mind that there will be days when they can be used as an advantage when all else fails, and on other days not. On occasion, you’ll need to accept the fact that you will be required to constantly change your setup based upon what the ducks might be responding to. Your chances at success are increased exponentially whenever you recognize the need for a change and then are able to adequately adapt to what the ducks are telling you. Good luck out there!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Wednesday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy. High 66F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night 60 % Precip. / 0.06 in
Partly cloudy skies early will give way to occasional showers later during the night. Thunder possible. Low 53F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Thursday 80 % Precip. / 0.24 in
Variable clouds with showers and scattered thunderstorms. High near 65F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Thursday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 52F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mainly sunny. High 69F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 48F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
A weak to moderate northeast to east flow will continue Wednesday as high-pressure moves over the region. An area of low-pressure across the northwest Gulf of Mexico will produce showers Wednesday night, then showers and thunderstorms on Thursday across the coastal waters. The rain will end by Thursday evening as the low-pressure area quickly moves east of the area. Weak to moderate offshore flow will develop late Thursday night into Friday as a cold front moves through the area. Another low-pressure area will develop across the northwest Gulf on Saturday. Southwest winds will transition to northwest and strengthen through Saturday evening as the low develops and moves east. There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms associated with this low on Saturday as well. Drier conditions are expected on Sunday, along with gradually subsiding winds and seas.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 54.0 degrees
Seadrift 57.0 degrees
Port Aransas 55.9 degrees
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