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Not sure how this happens

Postby PorkChop » Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:14 pm

Bought some new decoys and went to get my stash of Texas rigs and it looks like they got caught up in a tornado. How in the world does this happen. When I bought them, I hung them outside on a tree so they would straighten out and then they been in the garage.
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I’m guessing it’s gonna take me a good hour to get these untangled.

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Re: Not sure how this happens

Postby PorkChop » Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:33 pm

Well, it only took me about 25 minutes, so not so bad. Even though I use the Texas rigs I put them in a 12 slot Rogers floater bag. Makes it a lot easier. I’m guessing many of you just leave permanent spreads out???
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Re: Not sure how this happens

Postby Darren » Tue Jul 09, 2024 9:20 am

PorkChop wrote:Well, it only took me about 25 minutes, so not so bad. Even though I use the Texas rigs I put them in a 12 slot Rogers floater bag. Makes it a lot easier. I’m guessing many of you just leave permanent spreads out???


All my stuff is Texas rigged and overall I've found it the best for avoiding tangles ASIDE FROM old school wrapping each line around each decoy it anchors for transporting....but that has downsides too.

That said, I've had massive tangles to deal with on my TX rigs from simply piling the dekes into a heap, and or jostling them in that position. Examples: piled into a pirogue and after a bumpy boat ride back to the dock, they can get really ugly, so we try to clip them to a forward anchor point. Also, having them piled in back of my SUV, and the dog/driving jostles them, oh boy.

If you can just keep them hanging or under tension, they're dynamite. Note, I use perhaps a derivative of TX rigging with the line sliding through the decoys, as I dont care for using the swivel. 1.) I hate dealing with them to be rigged with the metal clips, etc., and 2.) I'm wary of more metal to rust/give out given I hunt brackish marsh.
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Re: Not sure how this happens

Postby PorkChop » Tue Jul 09, 2024 9:43 am

Thank you for the tips Darren!! Overall, I love having them being Texas rigged! But like you said things can get messy if you don’t keep that tension on them.

My first experience with them I bought 12’ lines as I didn’t have my thinking cap on. That was a test in anger management when I got to the marsh. Now all my lines are 3’ and I believe 6’ for my goose decoys.
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Re: Not sure how this happens

Postby Rick » Tue Jul 09, 2024 12:57 pm

Tried Texas rigging and found I much preferred bagging for transport and storage, so I went to this rigging:
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Bit more trouble to set and pickup than Texas rigs, as I have to slide each depth adjuster up or down, but still much quicker than wrapping and still offers the heavy mono advantages of being easier for the dogs to slip and the loose ends of which not tangling when bagged. Will also note that using pieces of strap weights that way provides surer anchorage with less weight.
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Re: Not sure how this happens

Postby Darren » Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:11 am

Will also note that using pieces of strap weights that way provides surer anchorage with less weight.


Can attest that egg sinkers I use being rounded (even when hammered to a more flat finish upon installation) are more prone to slide across the bottom of a pond that's not got much SAV, though mostly only in extreme wind conditions.
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