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Water moving decoys ideas

Postby AXL6984 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:17 pm

Anybody got any creative ideas for water movers?
I have tried the jerk strings, which are always a pain in the ass.
Wonderducks have proven to be too delicate.
Machines like the DP (search at mackspw) too expensive.

I have resorted to carrying a fishing reel in blind bag to tie onto a couple decoys in the spread just to have something moving.

Anybody have anythign they have built or rigged up that keeps ripples on the water?
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Rat Creek » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:15 pm

Agree that jerk strings are a pain to set up, but they do seem to work. Another similar concept is a milk jug with some small holes in the sides and bottom. Fill jug partially with gravel. Place a string through the handle. Hook one end to a decoy and the other goes to the blind or hiding spot with you. The jug will sink to the bottom.

The decoy then tips forward like a feeder. The upsides are it is cheap, puts out good movement and only requires one decoy. The downside is you are carrying a jug with some gravel in it into the marsh and it is still a jerk string.
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Boatman » Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:58 pm

I just let the current of the river make mine swim back-and-forth works great. I can see the problem in a marsh though.

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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Bluesky2012 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:07 pm

Home made spreader rig. $10 to make, better results than a jerk rig but yes you’re still pulling a string. Can’t be worse or less effective than a fishing reel though.


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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby sthwht24 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:16 am

I think the jerk rig is the mouse trap of the water movement world. Not much to improve upon for a comparable price.
One thing I started doing a couple years ago is leaving the Texas rigs on the jerk rig decoys. Attaching the clip of the jerk rig to the clip of the decoy rig is quicker than clip to an empty decoy hole, especially with gloves on-
If I’m hunting water I’ve got a jerk rig before I’ve got anything else. YMMV
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Rat Creek » Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:26 am

sthwht24 wrote:Attaching the clip of the jerk rig to the clip of the decoy rig is quicker than clip to an empty decoy hole, especially with gloves on-

:thumbsup: Agree.

Though we removed the TX rigs, I put small D Rings (Carabiners) on each jerk string designated decoy to make the putting out and picking up process a bit easier. :hammer:
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby sthwht24 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:46 am

Rat Creek wrote:
sthwht24 wrote:Attaching the clip of the jerk rig to the clip of the decoy rig is quicker than clip to an empty decoy hole, especially with gloves on-

:thumbsup: Agree.

Though we removed the TX rigs, I put small D Rings (Carabiners) on each jerk string designated decoy to make the putting out and picking up process a bit easier. :hammer:


I’m gonna have to try that.
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby MattHunts8 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:20 pm

I use zip ties and make a loop in the decoy to attach the jerk cord.
I always start the season with spinners and leave them at home later on on the season and break the tried and true jerk string! It gives my hunting partner, who can’t operate a duck call to save his life, something to do to feel like he’s “helping”!!


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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Rat Creek » Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:24 pm

MattHunts8 wrote: It gives my hunting partner, who can’t operate a duck call to save his life, something to do to feel like he’s “helping”!!


Hey now, that's hitting pretty close to home for many of us. :oops:
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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby MattHunts8 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:35 pm

It’s a running joke on our hunts...I am the gear-guy, gear-hauler, guide and caller and he gets us some of the access to private ground and runs the jerk rig.

Fwiw-I drive my family crazy running my calls all year long...in my mind it’s always hunting season!


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Re: Water moving decoys ideas

Postby Rat Creek » Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:26 pm

MattHunts8 wrote:I drive my family crazy running my calls all year long...in my mind it’s always hunting season!


Wish I had that skill. :sad:

The fact that I own 8-10 calls tells you I have never mastered the highball. I call decently on the rest, but never have figured that out. Thankfully, one of my partners is a very good caller. Another is about like me, a C+ caller, and our fourth is just horrible. :lol3:
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