Beginners' Layout Hunting Guide

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  1. puddle-head

    puddle-head Senior Refuge Member

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    I have been layout hunting for 7 years and have never found a good written introduction or basic guide to layout hunting. The best thing I've seen is the MLB intro DVD, which is great and got me going, but I realized there were more issues that needed to be addressed. I decided last year to write an intro guidebook to layout hunting and posted the chapters up on this site for review and comment. I deliberately sat on everything until the 2010 season had passed so I could check my book against the realities of a recent season, and it seems to be holding true.

    I don?t pretend to be an expert, or that what I present is the only way or the best way. There are lots of ways to do any and all of the pieces outlined here. But this is a starting point for people wanting to get into this sport within a sport.

    So, here is a "guidebook", free of charge, free to share, free to comment on as a resource for everyone who layout hunts or is thinking about getting into it. If there are glaring issues or omissions, please let me know.

    The guidebook has chapters on the following. Any of these is worthy of a book dedicated to that topic, but this is a starting point:
    1-Decoys
    2-Longline rigging
    3-Longline & layout placement
    4-Layout boat rigging
    5-Hunting out of layout
    6-Sea ducking
    7-Tender considerations
    8-Transport
    9-Setting up at Night
    10-Boat driving
    11-Safety issues
    12-Where to go
    13-Reality check
    14-Sources for more info

    Many thanks to the people who helped with the initial chapters and those who let me use photos to illustrate specific items (mainly Capt Jeff Coats).

    You can find the online version here and download it if you'd like:

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B0Z285_MyV5DYzg5YTFlOTMtM2Q3MS00YTBmLWI0ZTUtMTJkNTY0Y2UzNmZk&hl=en_US&authkey=CKeG7aML
     
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  2. Atown

    Atown Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for the info. This upcoming season will be the my first experience with a true layout. I am in the process of building a two man as I type. Your info is greatly appreciated and I sure will help me out.

    Austin
     
  3. deltajoe

    deltajoe Refuge Member

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    Thank you.
    I am downloading it right now.
     
  4. BlackSunshine

    BlackSunshine Senior Refuge Member

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    Excellent job! :tu
     
  5. Peta

    Peta Elite Refuge Member

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    nice job. Very informative for those getting started. I plan on making sure my buddy takes a look at this.
     
  6. dankoustas

    dankoustas Senior Refuge Member

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    Very Nice, I think a link to that document should be a sticky
     
  7. duck dozer

    duck dozer Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks
     
  8. eiderking

    eiderking Elite Refuge Member

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    Good stuff man :tu
     
  9. dabbler

    dabbler Refuge Member

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    Thanks!! Don't know if I'll be able to do it much, but enjoy the info.
     
  10. WoodMoose

    WoodMoose Senior Refuge Member

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    Good job Sir,,,,,enjoyed that,,,very informative
     

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