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  1. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I like the decoy sliding because that way I can use any style of weight and I'm not stuck with the stupid egg sinker. Sometimes it's nice to have a strap weight bent in a U shape to hold the bottom better.
     
  2. sho_freak11

    sho_freak11 Elite Refuge Member

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    This is exactly why I like the decoy sliding better.
     
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  3. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I've never been able to pick up four dozen decoys without getting my hands wet....no matter how they are rigged.
     
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  4. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    I've done them both ways, and I prefer the decoy sliding. For the reasons mentioned above as well as the following:

    I've found that the egg sinkers don't slide well after the line gets chaffed up a bit.

    Another tip, connect a swivel to the decoy and run the line through the swivel. Line will run easier and your decoy will swim better. With the line going through the plastic eye-hole on the decoy it can hang up and the decoy will float away.

    Also egg sinkers don't bit into mud/sand as well as mushroom style weights.

    Lastly, if done right you can deploy 12 decoys in one throw, wear gloves as the crimps like to grab you, and swing your hips for following through.
     
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  5. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Make your loops big enough to fit around your thumb with gloves on
     
  6. millertime

    millertime New Member

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    years before texas rigs came out, I was doing that myself
    and in a better manner, especially for those hunting in the cold
    when they came out, I was blown away at the price
    mine cost me nothing, basically, as I had everything I needed
    my guess is if you had to buy everything, a dozen 'Don rigs' would cost you less than $10

    recipe (for shallow water)
    cut 6' decoy line
    using a crimp, form a loop just big enough to grab with your finger (too big will possibly allow the loop to be exposed)
    thread the line thru the decoy with the loop AT THE TOP UNDER THE DECOY
    insert a piece of flat anchor onto the line (I use 1/3 of big ones, drilling a hole on the 2 pieces without any pre-hole)
    using a crimp, form the smallest loop you can at the bottom of the line (any loop showing might catch weeds)

    your decoy will float, the weight sinking and the loop under the breast
    texas rigs have loops at the anchor end, thus your hands will get wet when you pick up
    with my loops on top, picking up the decoy by the head let's you grab the loops mostly dry - no frozen fingers

    on hard bottoms, I can pick up 2 dozen in 2-3 minutes
    grab the first decoy, put your finger thru the loop, go on to the next
    they will float and form a flotilla behind you
    get to the boat, slide a carabineer thru all of the loops
    drop them in the boat
    for those who love gear versus simplicity, they can be dropped into a decoy bag, or placed in the holes
    (what a pain in the butt, and expense, to use slotted decoy bags tho)

    the 'grouping' might tangle if you are not careful to avoid any twirling of the group. but rarely a mess
    I have few issues
    (I do every now and then when careless and unfamiliar partners pick them up in a half butted manner, letting them twist)

    I let the first decoy float directly behind me
    then make sure each additional one floats in a row, like moving around a clock dial
    when I pick up the group, I slide my hand down the top of the strings, keeping them tight from tangling
    then I place a tight small carabineer to keep the strings in place


    dv tx rig.jpg dv tx rig decoy.jpeg
     
  7. oleww

    oleww Elite Refuge Member

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    For longer lines, sliding weight and sliding decoy with loops on both ends of the line. For boat ride Hook both loops onto the same carabiner to make line half as long to prevent tangles.
     
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  8. millertime

    millertime New Member

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    I will send a video. I do it all the time
     
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  9. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Mine are Carolina rigged because them idiots from Texas shafted me good. I wonder if Carolina rigged decoys will work in Oklahoma.
     
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  10. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I realize proper gloves enable one's hands to stay dry. :yes
    I was responding to the post that said his "hands stay dry" if he rigs a certain way.
    I say if you are not wearing gloves and you're picking up anchored decoys that have been in water, your hands will get wet.
     

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