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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 7:03 pm 
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Mods make this a sticky.

I have created a bunch of gatorline monsters...good lord. I wish I could take credit for this but 7 years ago a buddy that I hunt with showed it to me...I never thought it would take off like this though.

Heres the stanky truth.....70-100+ bucks for a dozen decoys, plus 40 bucks for the 5lb spool of gator line plus all of the other expenses associated with duck hunting and we are complaining about a 6 dollar box of crimps for a dozen. :lol: I wish there was an icon that had a guy scratching his head. Here is a fact jack....go cheap with duck hunting stuff, you might as well stay home. If you rig your decoys right with this stuff and do it like youre hearing, the line, crimps and weights will outlast the decoys, period.

Here are the instructions....please for those that are just now doing this, dont chime in, we actually kept this quiet for 5 years and have learned the right way of doing this.

Get gatorline...make sure it is round and .130 The .170 will cause you drilling problems on both the decoys and the weights.
Buy bank weights, ebay is the cheapest I have found. 3-5 ounce will work just fine. These weights look like a tear drop and the .130 line fits perfectly.
Go buy the crimps at lowes or home depot. They are 25 for 6 bucks. They are brass and you want the biggest version they have.
Next, buy some big carrabeaners while you are there along with a pair of crimpers.
This is major, make sure after you loop the line and crimp it that the line to ALL of the decoys is the same length. Meaning every drop is the same length.

I have added a couple of pictures so you can see what it should look like.

The final picture is the decoys hanging.....make sure you hang these up, though gatorline is nothing like mono for the most part, it still has memory so hanging them up after each hunt will help.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 7:07 pm 
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Now for final touches...those crimps are sharp so you can buy some electrical tape that shrinks when heated. Wrap that around each of the crimps, heat it till it melts down and you have a rubbery textrure to the crimp instead of a sharp brass point. Trust me, you can sling these things a country mile, but if that crimp comes around and hits you in the cold hand, it hurts.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 7:34 pm 
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Great post JAXX !!!!!!!

He can call 'em, He can rig 'em, And He can pick football games ... Great job !

One minor question, you didn't mention it :
Do you go straight through the hole in the decoy keel, or do you add a brass loop or swivel to the decoy keel and run the line through it.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 9:20 pm 
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I think Doc's just might have a place for you Jaxx. :D Good lookin rigs brother. congrats too you and Devlin on the calling comp.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 9:31 pm 
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hey jaxx, how long are your lines by the way........jw looks about 6 to 7 feet


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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 9:40 pm 
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Well if you are like me and have wall to wall stuff in your garage and don't have the space to hang all your decoys up like Jaxx you can try this method. I bought 5\0 stap swivels and put on all my rigs other than the GHG decoys with the removable keels. This way I can take the decoys off and only hang up the lines and it takes up a lot less space. I have not hunted with the swivels yet but I don't think they will break. They are very heavy duty. I think they are right at 3 inches long.

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I second the heat shrink over the crimps those things will cut you if you are not carefull. I used heat shrink from the auto parts store and the GHG crimps. They are a little more trouble to get to work but a lot cheaper.
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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 9:42 pm 
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i have never thought about the heat shrink but i do put electrical tape on all of mine.......


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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 10:28 pm 
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I built this cabinet to put all my hunting stuff in. It is deep enough to hang 3 pairs of waders and has two more doors above these full of stuff. I am not sure how many decoys are crammed in those shelves but i did count 103 texas rig lines hanging in there with the waders. It sure takes up a lot less space than hanging them up with the decoys on the lines.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 10:43 pm 
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heres an ebay site with fairly affordable lead weights. they will also do custom orders

http://stores.ebay.com/Guaranteed-Sinkers

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 11:10 pm 
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Here is a website that has good prices on monofilament and crimps.
http://snlcorp.com/SNL/Other/DuckDecoyKit.aspx


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PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 11:11 pm 
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Made a sticky as requested for good info

ohh, and just for Josh .............................. :scratch


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PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:14 am 
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gobama123 wrote:
Great post JAXX !!!!!!!

He can call 'em, He can rig 'em, And He can pick football games ... Great job !

One minor question, you didn't mention it :
Do you go straight through the hole in the decoy keel, or do you add a brass loop or swivel to the decoy keel and run the line through it.

God Bless you

Once I made my loop and crimped it, I run the line straight through the decoy. The .130 will fit perfectly, the .170 will require drilling on both the decoy and the lead. If you do not have a high speed drill, good luck drilling lead.

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PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:16 am 
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alduck wrote:
Made a sticky as requested for good info

ohh, and just for Josh .............................. :scratch


Thank you :D

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PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:19 am 
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icducks wrote:
hey jaxx, how long are your lines by the way........jw looks about 6 to 7 feet


All of mine are 5 feet. I figure even if they dont touch, they at least grab that ahold of the grass. Texas rigging is only effective if you can walk to them, if you have to pick the up in the boat, you might as well go back to the chunk and whine method. :lol:

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PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:23 am 
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Here are some links for your stuff.

This is the gatorline.
http://www.mowtownusa.com/338.html

Here are some weights.
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid ... Categories

This should help get you started.

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thispost may make doc's huntnstuff sweat...jk doc, but seriously :-?

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PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:55 am 
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Tuck wrote:
thispost may make doc's huntnstuff sweat...jk doc, but seriously :-?

hey man gotta love the do it yourselfer, thats how we got started. I'm just glad to see you guys aren't winding up your lines using strap weights. it makes me shudder everytime i even think about a strap weight.

Hey Jaxx those rigs sure would look good with some docs bags wrappin em up :wink:

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PostPosted: December 9th, 2009, 8:58 am 
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Could you be so kind as to tell me where you are getting your crimps. The ones I bought at Bass Pro last year are breaking apart and I can't find lead crimps.

Also, what kind of bag are you carrying these decoys in. The standard bag is a real pain in the ARSE.

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PostPosted: December 13th, 2009, 6:22 pm 
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what size swivels do i need to get?

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PostPosted: December 13th, 2009, 7:39 pm 
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Wingmaster01 wrote:
Could you be so kind as to tell me where you are getting your crimps. The ones I bought at Bass Pro last year are breaking apart and I can't find lead crimps.

Also, what kind of bag are you carrying these decoys in. The standard bag is a real pain in the ARSE.

plus one. i been leavin my bag at home just because of that fact.

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