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decoy cord length?

Postby bassinator » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:02 pm

We're a bunch of duck hunters from all over the continental U.S., and we hunt a ton of different bodies and types of water. We do, for the most part, all use dekes, though. I wanted to know how long all of you make your decoy cords for your bodies of water.
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Postby gsphunter » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:45 am

I set mine up with about ten feet of line. Most of the time I'm only hunting 3-5 feet of water, but on the river, I need the added length.
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Postby puddlerjumper » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:47 am

Honestly, I Have no idea. I guess if I knew I was going to be hunting a deep large body of water, I'd have it at about 15 feet. But I normally just run it from the bottom of my foot to my arm pit. How ever long that is. I stand between 6'0" and 6'1"
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Postby Gooseboy » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:49 am


Unless its big water, a foot or two longer than your hieght.
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Postby puddlerjumper » Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:20 pm

The reason I keep mine short is when I'm picking up decoys I'm ready to get home so it sucks having to wrap anywhere over 6 feet of line around the keel of my decoys. It takes too long.
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:01 pm

Last year, when I was using strap weights with holes at each end, my lines were about six feet. Then I took some of the big wrap around weights, put 20ft on them with a snap swivel on the line. That way I could snap the longer line anchors to the weights that I always keep on my decoys if I was hunting near deeper water.
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Postby Citori12 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:02 am

I use 12 feet of line but make the length from the weight to the decoy adjustable for varying water depth. I use an old adage of line length should be twice the water depth. In a river with current a little longer so the wieghts hold to the bottom and decoys do not go down river.
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Postby Rowdy » Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:51 pm

i use 11' of decoy line that pretty much covers wherever i'm going to hunt plus a few feet extra to hold bottom and add to movement
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Postby casey_714 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:44 pm

I use two arm-lengths when i set up my decoys, so like 12 feet. Also (puddlerjumper) I have a good idea if your keel doesn't have a thing to snap the line into, so that the line doesn't keep going out when it's in the water. I have some flambeau redheads that always completely unwind in the water because the keel doesn't have a good design. Above the keel where the plastic comes down, take a knife and cut it for like an inch. When you set your line out in the water to your desired length, put it into that slit and it wont do that. It hasn't cut any of my line, either.
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Postby Mike M. » Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:25 pm

Coastal hunting: 20ft of line and 16 oz loop style cabelas weights.

inland hunting: 8ft of line and 6 oz. strap weights.

sea duck hunting: 30ft of line (also have 15ft extensions that can be clipped on if needed) and 5lb navy style boat anchors.
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