Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Gator Slayer

Gang Rigging Decoys.

Recommended Posts

Gator Slayer    0
Gator Slayer

Does anyone gang rig puddle ducks (mallards specifically)? It seems others only gang divers? If so how far apart do you space them and how many will you put on a line. I hunt alone a fair amount of time and any other tips (other than "fewer decoys") that will speed up putting out and bringing in deke's would be appreciated. I've tried nearly every weight/line combo short of ganging up on em.

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shamrock7    0
shamrock7

If you hunt with a dog, i would discourage the use of gang rigs. We almost lost a dog that got tangled in a rig when retrieving a duck. Pulling one decoy across the lake is one thing, pulling a dozen is a good way to lose a good dog. After that little episode, we decided that it really didn't take that much extra time to put them out one at a time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BoxMN    15
BoxMN

Have you tried Texas rigging them on snagfree line? I used this in North Dakota (shallow water) this past weekend and it worked great! Granted, I only at most 8 decoys... but I could see using a dozen or so this way pretty darn easy. I used about 2-3 lines, and only half strips of strap weight and worked great. I have weighted keel, so water keel would be even lighter and you could carry more. This was wading. If by boat, I still like simple wrapping around body, two wraps for shallow water and the strip weight around neck. Pretty fast and easy.

edit: BTW, if you are from boat, and not a little pirouge or Puddler style, but a bit higher up, the spreaders work pretty darn good and fast. Only thing is it is not as good if you are right at the water level, as you need a bit of height to spread the arms out. But from a boat (like a 12' of bigger alum boat or similar) it would work great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whitewolf6647    0
whitewolf6647

I use 6 gang rigs for my diver spread. 3 15 decoy lines and 3 8 decoy lines and about 24 loose singel decoys as fillers. What I did was take that tangle free cord and attach a weight to the end, those old window sash weights work just great for this, on a aligator clip with how ever many feet of line you want. Then I tie loops every 4-5 feet appart on the long line itself. You can make a line as long or as short as you want. Then I attach another piece of the tangle free cord to the decoy. The piece I attach to the decoy is about 1.5 to 2 feet in length and at the end of this line I attach another alligaotr clip to it. So for picking up and putting out all you have to do is clip the alligator clip to each loop and you have your line. I myself can set out all my lines and my single decoys, just shy of 100 decoys, in about 20 minutes. Much less time with more than one person. Also make sure that the line from the decoy is at least 1.5 feet in lenght for the afore mentioned problem of dogs getting tangled in the line. I have been using this setup for 4 years now and the dogs get tangled more in the single decoys with their own weight than the gang rig. Somthing else I started to do was attache an alligator clip to the end of each long line also so if I want to I can make a 69 decoy long line if I want to (never have before cause I've never had to) Just so you can mix and match a little better.

I've never gang rigged puddle ducks about the only "puddle ducks" I've even see swimming or forming lines on the water consistently are spoon bills and only later in the year on bigger water is where I've seen that.

I hope everything makes sense. Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HugoBox    0
HugoBox

White Wolf -

Any problems with the aligator clips snagging on the decoy bag? We used to have hooks on the droppers from the decoys but switched to just a piece of tanglefree line with a loop and on our long line we have caribiners placed about 6-8 feet apart. I've also found that the window weights work well. If you are running a short line and don't want to mess with a heavy window weight a 16 OZ claw hammer works well too. I've held up to 20 magnum G&Hs in a 15-20 MPH wind with the hammer. I think the claw digs into the vegitation pretty well. I'm thinking of trying it your way to compare what's easiest to do with gloves on. I guess there's always a better mousetrap!! smile.gif

erik

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whitewolf6647    0
whitewolf6647

I acctually have all of my decoys that I put on my gang rig stacked in an ottersled if I do use a bag I use those Avery of GHG bags that have the very small mesh holes and have some kind of rubber coating on the them and I have never had a problem with the clips getting caught in the bag.

Yeah those sahs weights are the cats meow. But I also us tuna and small soup cans filled with led with screws sticking out of the about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch if you have the ability to make your own those work great. I broke down and bought some of those collapsible 1 pound anchors from cabeals last year and those being so light supprisingly hold very very well in bigger waves. I'll have to try that hammer trick.

I'll have to admit the small gator clips can be a bugger with gloves but, very doable, last year I went with some of the bigger clips. Much easier to manipulate with gloves and not that much more expensive. I have to get a few more boxes this year for emergency sake.

That caribiner trick sounds like a pretty slick way to go also I may have to rig up another 8 line and give that one a try.

What I Like about having the clips on the on the decoys is if you want to rig the decoy up with just a single weight it's a snap to do. I almost always have at least 12 or more singel weights rigged up with line and a loop on the end for those particualr times.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HugoBox    0
HugoBox

What would you say your average spacing is between the decoy on the string. I have them ranging from about 15 feet (at the tail end of the lead) to abour 6 feet in close. Not sure what's best though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whitewolf6647    0
whitewolf6647

I have mine set at 5 feet apart on the main line with the 1.5 to 2 foot decoy line. It's just enough that they move around alot and not so much that they get tangeld together.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Mike89
      one of the  rivers will do ya...
    • jb bj
    • Guatican
      So a buddy and I are looking to see where we can get on some nice Pike action around the Kato area. We have no access to a boat so we'll be doing it from shore. Any insight on a good pike or any game fish bite would be awesome! Fall tends to be our Achilles's heel. 
    • Troy Smutka
      9/25/17     Hunted the hot, steamy MN duck opener on a public lake in central MN. Could see lightning to the west and north all morning until the sun came up. Must have been some serious lightning in those storms that were 100 miles away. Could still see the flashes, but of course could not hear any thunder. Saturday morning we saw the most bluewing teal I have seen on an opener since the 1980s. Must have seen a thousand teal and hundreds of mallards and wood ducks. Weren't in the best spot since we were the third boat on the lake, but still managed to shoot some teal and wood ducks. Busy watching ducks all morning. The teal I cleaned were migrators with quite a bit of fat--none on the wood ducks. Sunday morning was a different day--most of the teal were gone and the mallards and wood ducks were more wary. Managed two juvenile mallards. Think the shooting and the weather front moving in got a lot of the BWT on their way further south. All in all, a decent start to the MN waterfowl season, especially considering the temps were more like mid August. See what this weather and some cooler temps brings to the decoys this weekend. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • delcecchi
      Any thoughts as to which will hold up better, or be easier to fix?
    • Rick
      With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  “Forests with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees offer a wonderful fall color experience,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “The dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees.” Here are a few routes to consider: Late September Bear Island State Forest From Ely head south on State Highway 1 toward Isabella for about 20 miles. Take a right on New Tomahawk Road toward Babbitt for about 17 miles. Turn right on County Road 21 for 15 miles back to Ely. Kabetogama State Forest From Orr head north on State Highway 53 for 4 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 to head east for 16 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 203 to head east for about 4.5 miles. Turn right on Vermillion Falls road to head east for 8 miles. Turn right on County Road 24/23 and follow to Orr for 26 miles. White Earth State Forest starting at Roy Lake head east on State Highway 200 for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Strawberry Mountain Road to head south for 5 miles. At Norris Trail turn left to head east for 3 miles. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. For a longer loop follow Strawberry Mountain road to State Highway 113. Turn right on State Highway 113 to head east. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. Early to mid-October Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From I35, take Hinckley exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48 for 19 miles. Turn left to head north on County Road 24 and follow as it curves east and north for 7 miles. Turn right on County Road 25 to head east for 9.5 miles. At Markville, head north on County Road 31 for about 12 miles. Turn left on Park Forest Road/Park Truck Trail to head west for 13 miles. Turn right on County Road 171 to head north for 2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 154/Kerrick Road to head west for 5 miles. At Kerrick, head south on State Highway 23 for 18 miles to I35 exit #195. Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest From downtown Red Wing head south on Highway 61 for 10.5 miles. At Frontenac take a right onto Country 2 to head east for 9 miles. Take a right onto County Road 3 to head east for 4 miles. Take a right onto State Highway 58 to head north for 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Hay Creek Trail to head north for about 4.5 miles. Hey Creek Trail turns into Twin Bluff Road at Pioneer Trail. Continue on Twin Bluff Road for 1.5 miles and turn left on East Ave to return to downtown Red Wing. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/fall-colors.html for additional scenic routes and state forest information. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night. Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October.   Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Hunter success was just slightly below average the five-year average on three popular waterfowl lakes for the 2017 waterfowl hunting opener in the Grand Rapids area. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks on opening day September 23rd on Big White Oak Lake, Mud Lake (both near Deer River) and Big Rice Lake near Remer. Hunter success in terms of ducks bagged per hunter was 2. The average take the previous five years was 2.2 ducks per hunter. Blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mallard ducks were the most common birds in the bag with blue-winged teal the most commonly bagged bird at all three lakes. Based on vehicle counts at these lakes, hunter numbers were down about 25% from the five-year average. “Hunters had to contend with an early morning thunderstorm which may have kept hunter numbers lower than in previous years. Some hunters delayed going out or decided to try another day because of the rain and lightning from the storm,” said Mark Spoden, acting area wildlife manager. This year’s duck hunting season is 60 days in length. The duck bag limit is six ducks daily and may not include more than any combination of the following: four mallards (two may be hen mallard), three scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, two black ducks, and two canvasbacks. If not listed, up to six ducks of a species may be taken. The daily bag limit for coot and moorhen is 15. The daily bag limit for merganser is five, no more than two of which may be a hooded merganser. More information about waterfowl hunting in Minnesota including weekly waterfowl migration reports can be found at online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Muskieman1977
      Thanks Rick, we will be launching out of Long Lake, so Becker may be our best bet.  I assume Schneider is a long haul from Long Lake?  Do you think we should just fish outside weed edges or do you think the fish will still be on the docks?  I'm a bit concerned with the lower temps this week. 
    • Rick G
      Cedar Island for smallies, Becker or Schneider for largies
    • Muskieman1977
      My partner and I will be fishing a 10 boat bass tournament this Sunday (Oct 1st) on the Horseshoe chain.  We have never fished this water, so we are at a loss right now.  Do any of you have any recommendations on what areas to fish, types of lures, etc..  No sure where the fish would be around this time of year, but any advice would be much appreciated!!!  Thanks so much