The tide was almost all the way out when I got to the spot. I was glad to see that, as black ducks and brant like t frequent the uncovered rocks at low tide to feed on the exposed vegetation or what ever else they can find. It made the task of setting out the decoys a little tricky, but i got it. I decided to run 15 Old Squaw decoys mixed with 6 of the foam Herters decoys that I painted to look like Old Squaw on 2 long lines. Now I could tell the weather was nice and the surface of the Sound looked like a mirror. I know when it is really calm the Buffleheads come out of the harbors and zip around the open water. I threw in 4 Bufflehead decoys as well to pull a few of them in. I anchored the boat 10 yards from the decoys and got the blind up.
It seemed to take forever for the first bird to come in. I just got done loading the gun and 3 were already landing in the decoys. The first shot folded up the Drake and the hen next to him. The second shot killed the other hen. I was about 3 minutes into the hunt and i just downed 3 Old Squaw with 2 shots. I would have let the third hen go but its hard now that I no longer have a pump gun. Running a semi-auto is cool. Here in CT we can Kill 5 sea ducks no more than 4 can be Scoter and no more than 4 can be Old Squaw. I had several more flights come in but I just didn't want to end my hunt in 10 minutes. As the sun got a little higher I could see birds flying around all over. My day dreams were filled with images of a golden eye, scoter, scaup, bufflehead, or merganser coming in, but all the birds flying were old squaw. It was like someone shook a bee hive. Finally, I had a nice drake come into the decoys and I shot him down.
Sea Ducks are a separate limit from ducks and geese so I decided to stay out. I didn't have to wear gloves and the jacket came off. I did notice a pair of black ducks land about 100 yards away in the rocks. I was hopeful they would paddle up to my boat so i could jump shoot one but they went the other way. Some brant flew by but not with in range. At 830am i packed it in. What a great day it was.