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    Been searching for decoys had some luck and want to do my own diy jerk string set up anybody built their own any tips tricks for a semi newbie like myself. Also thought on mojos I'm going this year without one not sure how much I really need one. Getting stoked up about September

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    Tips:

    Use a good little anchor on the end with a bungee rope or cord about 2ft long. This will provide the resistance and pullback that will help provide motion.
    Use a big enough gauge string or small rope to accomdate the jerk-cord. The small stuff gets all bound up in the grass and is a pain to deal with when it starts freezing. Larger guage rope is great.
    Use larger decoys on the jerk-cord. Large Butts or G&H decoys(solid or weighted keel) work better then the lighter models.

    Knowing when to use it and stop playing with it is important as well..many continue to use it all the way until they shoot..makes sense and can be effective. Some will just continue to play with them on and off providing action amoungst the spread. Keep in mind that a duck can see this up to 3 miles away..Action is very important.

    In Alaska where most of us hunt on the marshes...there is limited wind..it always shifts around noon and will again in the evenings. Some days it is like glass out there. Others wind can be 50mph...so just be prepared for anything. Can change in 5 mins.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the advice and tips it's very much appreciated I feel like this is gonna be a great season

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      • #4
        Like hugh said a bungee helps. I tie mine off to the same stake I use for my mojo. Clip 4 or 5 of my larger decoys on it and pull away. I usually give it a couple jerks when Im trying to get birds attention just so the spread looks like its moving. Once they've turned my way I give it a rest so my movement doesn't blow my cover.
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        • #5
          Cabelas sells a complete set up, with nice lead anchor, bungie, cord with several clips for the deks, etc all set up with its own carry bag. I would never have bought it for $29 i don't imagion, but my wife got it for me at Xmas a couple years ago. It's a nice set up and well worth the money for convienance and a lot less frustration then experimenting with home made set ups. Bud
          Wasilla

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          • #6
            I bought a jerk string anchor years ago it is the one with four prongs that fold up. I made my jerk string with some black bungee I bought online and some hog rings.
            Seems to work fine. Bought my clips at Trustworthy on an end of season sale.
            If you are anywhere near Soldotna I can help you put one together with supplies I have on hand in my workshop.
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            • #7
              That'd be awesome unfortunately I'm in wasilla and current in deadhorse until Sept 3rd got a picture of your set up?

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              • #8
                Thanks for the tip I'm gonna look it up right now on cabelas.com website

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                  A duck butt decoy is your best bet for a jerk string, in my humble opinion.
                  Passing up shots on mergansers since 1992.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the diagram

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                    • #11
                      i have never used one but wouldnt you want the main line connected to the decoy and the line/bungee going from the decoy to the anchor. that way when you pull the main line it pulls the decoy and then the bungee which is connected to the anchor. I feel if you used the set up in the diagram you would just slowly pull the decoy and anchor to you.
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                      • #12
                        Ah, come on now Qwack - don't you remember when we went to Homer in my zodiac and I tied that string on your ear??

                        Very effective - Qwack had/has a little twitch and it jerked the deeks just right... I think the twitch comes and goes with the booze......


                        LOL - just kidding of course!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kwackkillncrew View Post
                          i have never used one but wouldnt you want the main line connected to the decoy and the line/bungee going from the decoy to the anchor. that way when you pull the main line it pulls the decoy and then the bungee which is connected to the anchor. I feel if you used the set up in the diagram you would just slowly pull the decoy and anchor to you.
                          Good observation. I don't think you'll drag an anchor back to you using standard jerk technique. It's a boat anchor, not a decoy weight. 5# should be enough to hold it to the mud fairly well.

                          The bungee isn't really needed. I was just playing off an earlier post that suggested it. One line that runs through the open eye of the anchor and then straight up to the duck butt decoy will work just fine.

                          You can also just throw rocks into your decoys when you see ducks at a distance. The idea is to put some ripples on the water
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                          • #14
                            For mine I secured the bungee to the anchor and the decoy line to that. Then the decoy line is run to the blind and then the decoys are clipped on.
                            Jerk the string towards you a foot or so and then release it.
                            The bungee pulls it back out and you repeat.
                            Unlike the diagram posted earlier this one allows you to jerk harder and faster so you can add more or less motion.
                            I couldn't find black bungee locally so I ordered it online as I was worried the white stuff might be too visible in shallow water.
                            Instead of knots I secure the ends using hog rings I got at Sportsmans warehouse.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bullelkklr View Post
                              Ah, come on now Qwack - don't you remember when we went to Homer in my zodiac and I tied that string on your ear??

                              Very effective - Qwack had/has a little twitch and it jerked the deeks just right... I think the twitch comes and goes with the booze......


                              LOL - just kidding of course!
                              Ya i only got that twitch in the morning though so we had to shoot quick!


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