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How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby Dark Swamp » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:51 am

Dumb question but I've never set decoys myself. I always hunted with others who did the setup. how do you adjust the anchor line on decoys for different water depth?
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby ScaupHunter » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:27 am

Totally depends on your set up. If you only hunt 3 feet and shallower then Texas right em at 4 foot drops and toss them out. If you hunt variable depths then set the decoys up with lines 3 feet longer than your deepest water depth and use bungees, shock cords, etc and keel grabber weights and just reel out the length you need and make a hitch over the front of the keel with the line. If you hunt really deep water or divers run them on longlines with multiple decoys and anchor lines.
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:49 pm

Dark Swamp wrote: I always hunted with others who did the setup.


I love these types. And, the ones that sit in the truck smoking while it's 10* with a windchill of 0 blowing 20 m.p.h. Ha! Can't get enough. I don't know you, so nothing personal.

Scaup is correct. Or, you can use line clamps and adjust on the fly. More work, but then you are not retying depending on location.
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:08 am

I don't think it's necessary to adjust. I have depth adjuster crimps on a few dzn, and never adjust.

Use decoy line that sinks, and know that if you're hunting with a current, the decoy will run a bit further back than where you throw it.

If you're in still water, and the decoy line sinks, you shouldn't have issues with tangles.
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby KillerKowalski » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:13 am

Hunting depths from 3' to 22' what other options are you using?
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:34 am

KillerKowalski wrote:Hunting depths from 3' to 22' what other options are you using?

My extremes are are not that drastic, but if they were I guess I'd be extra lazy and have separate spreads. :grin:

The crimp that I have would leave a ridiculous amount of slack on one side if I was hunting 3' of water with a 22' line.

What difference would it make if the excess was slack or just a long line? If excess line is a concern, I think the bungees would be the way to go.

I have 6-8' lines and hunt about 1' up to 6' deep without adjusting.

Without knowing the OP's hunting spot/situation, I/we could be steering him in the wrong direction...
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby mudpack » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:54 am

Line depth depends on several things; the amount of force trying to pull the decoy, type of anchor, type of bottom.

If I am in a protected area with little wind, I prefer a line length no more than 6" more than water depth. This keeps the decoys from bumping and lines from tangling.

The more wind, the longer the line length. Twice or three times water depth may be right.
The less the anchor can grab on the bottom, the longer the line. A mushroom or grapple on a sandy, soft mud, or weedy bottom won't require the line length that a torpedo on a rock or hard mud bottom will.

River currents require a longer line (or a heavier anchor). You can go with super-short lines if you have very heavy anchors.
I prefer lighter anchors; custom made mushrooms of 3 oz or so. Anchor line is a lot lighter than anchors, so I go light on the anchors and long on the lines.
I like the adjustable lines, and have most of my decoys rigged that way.
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby mudpack » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:57 am

Dark Swamp wrote: how do you adjust the anchor line on decoys for different water depth?


You can also rig each decoy for the deepest water they'll be used in, then take a half-hitch around the keel to shorten the lines for shallower conditions.
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby KillerKowalski » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:10 am

Feelin' Fowl wrote:
KillerKowalski wrote:Hunting depths from 3' to 22' what other options are you using?

My extremes are are not that drastic, but if they were I guess I'd be extra lazy and have separate spreads.


:lol3: If it was only that easy. I get the line "you have enough decoys already!"

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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:24 am

KillerKowalski wrote:
Feelin' Fowl wrote:
KillerKowalski wrote:Hunting depths from 3' to 22' what other options are you using?

My extremes are are not that drastic, but if they were I guess I'd be extra lazy and have separate spreads.


:lol3: If it was only that easy. I get the line "you have enough decoys already!"


:lol: I surely don't, but I would try to make things happen! :lol:
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Re: How to rig decoys for depth ?

Postby mayhem96 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:50 am

mudpack wrote:
Dark Swamp wrote: how do you adjust the anchor line on decoys for different water depth?


You can also rig each decoy for the deepest water they'll be used in, then take a half-hitch around the keel to shorten the lines for shallower conditions.


Yes, most decoys also have a line lock on the keel...for example, a GHG decoy :thumbsup:
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