Sending a friend some info on Texas Rigging Deeks, thought I would make a post and just sent him that and share with you guys...Below us youtuub I found, this is pretty good, below I comment on that video and also show examples of my rigs...The Youtub...
1) 2 methods, Decoy Slide Method (DSM) and Weight Slide Method (WSM).
2) Like this guy, I prefer DSM, mainly because the loop is right next to decoy when you pick up, makes for much faster pick up vs WSM you have reach for loop at other end of line, then push weight down.
4) This guy uses 400lb mono, I use the same. He buys the roll, I like buying the 4 foot pre-cut strait lines (see www.snlcorp.com
), faster to rig and they tangle less.
5) This guy uses 3oz and 4oz weights, like most do. We have talked about this a lot, I seem to be the only one that likes less weight, I like 1oz. Everyone talks about decoys floating off with less weight, he does't say why it floats off but most say it is because of wind or water current. I have found this to not be the case, the only time my deeks float off is because why weight does not drop to the bottom in situations where you throw your deek out with decoy slid down next to weight. So yes a bigger weight is better for this, but a swivel (which he talks about) makes that decoy slide much better, or just slide decoy to loop and then throw out, and problem solved. I really like less weigh, 2 doz deeks that is 1.lbs vs 6lbs. Makes a big difference, carrying and in small boats. And less weight is cheaper.
6) He uses gear ties, I don't mess with that at all, just another thing to mess with. I prefer untied, carrying and in the boat. If you have multiple rigs stored or packing, not hanging, and piled on top of each other. A tie here would help them all from getting tangled up, but I don't do this, but when I do on a hunt, I just tie an overhand knot that works better and faster.
7) I like his idea of hammering the crimps, keeps them from pulling thru the swivel.. My rigs...
Below are 4 rig examples I have. First 2 are DSM, last 2 or WSM.
1st rig, this is and example of a short line, I really like a short line like this if I know I'm hunting shallow which is my preference, less is better, less room in boat as well, especially in my momarsh. No swivel, not really needed. Also shows you can use anything for a weight, I took a strip weights from old regular rigs and cut it into many weights for tx rig.
2nd rig and 4th rig 1oz weights, and 3rd rig 1.5 oz. I find 1.5oz is over kill, I definitely don't need more. Less is better.
Nothing to do with Tex rig, but rig deeks from front (rig 2 and 4) and back (rigs 1 and 3), that way they are not all facing the same way into the wind.
Here are 2 hanging, left one DSM right one WSM