duckbusterach wrote:I am checking to see if anyone uses Texas rig for decoys in deeper water 10 to 12' . Thinking of trying and wanted to check to see if anyone else had done this and advice.
I run 10-12' drops on mine. This is how I work my setup. I run 400# mono and I think this is key. I make sure all my lines are rigged the same length to begin with. We bundle in about 10-14 decoys and I use big colored carabiners from Ace hardware that cost about $2 each. I grab the lines and pull the slack out so all the weights are tight up against the keels and put an overhand knot as close to the decoys as I can. I go up about every 3 ft or so and put another overhand knot. I usually have about 3 overhand knots total on each bundle. I run a permanent blind so I clip my carabiner on a zip tie loop attached to the top of the blind. This keeps the line kind of straight up from the decoys.I then take the carabiner and clip in the middle of the line just to keep all the lines managed. We deploy from the deck so we throw them up their and just undo everything. I unclip the the carabiner and throw the lines out in a straight direction, grab a decoy, grab the weight in one hand, pull and throw. I can throw out a bundle faster than hell. If a line seems hung up just shake it and its undone.
For pickup we grab the head, clip the loop and drag around the decoys until we get 10-12 and get them bundled up like I talked about earlier. The biggest pain is trying to collect your decoys in deeper water. We use a bow mounted trolling motor and front anchor. A hook would make things easier and I am thinking about some type of grapple throw or something also for next year. I store my lines untied in the off season in a kind of straight unkinked fashion.