I'll usually always just put a group to the right and a group to the left. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, I'll put more on one side than the other. I never use a particular "pattern". I just space them far enough apart on each side for a nice hole for them to come in. Just make sure the spread isn't too big where you can't cover it incase you get some that land outside or too far to one side. This approach has always worked for me
I do that but I also will put a small group to once side.. then a larger group closer to the "hole" that I created. Because ducks are typically attracted to larger numbers. What I mean is if you have three doz decoys to use. Set the groups as 10-12 on one side....then hole....... then the others on that closer side that you are sitting.
But again all things change and that means you have to change too.
I don't know what you consider a small or decent sized pot hole but here is how we set up on what I would consider to be a pretty good pot hole did the some here gap some here and throw some goose decoys out to help attract the ducks more.
The pothole, it curves around the left as you can see and goes for a little while longer, probably the first year in years that this pond has had almost full amounts of water or any water at all in it
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