Waterfowl of all shapes and sizes are attracted to movement. A duck swimming through the water is as natural as it gets. If you want to bring this movement into your spread you can build your self Jerk Lines simply and inexpensively at home this summer. You just need a few simple materials; decoy line, four to six decoys, an anchor, a bungee cord and
The Main Line
Use decoy line or a dark-colored braided nylon cord. How much line you will need depends on the distance of your blind to your decoy spread. A good starting length is 100 feet—you can always tie on more line. Just make sure that the line sinks in the water and does not float on top of it.
Your jerk string must be securely anchored to the bottom or you may end up pulling your decoys right into your blind. You can use a small boat anchor, a coffee can filled with concrete, or any heavy object that you think will do the job. Another anchoring method in shallow water is to sink a metal rod into the bottom of the marsh.
Putting It Together
Attach one end of the bungee cord to the anchor and attach the other end to the decoy line. The bungee cord stretches when you pull the line and retracts to bring the decoys back to their original position, creating movement and ripples.
Estimate how close your blind is to the first decoy in your spread. That’s where you want to attach the first snap swivel on the jerk string. Space the other swivels at intervals of your choice. Usually hunters space them three to 10 feet apart. Attach the swivels to the keel on each decoy, which helps keep the line from getting twisted and tangled.
Test your rig at a nearby pond this summer and see how it works, and then make any necessary modifications. By the time the season comes around you should have a good feel for how to use one of the most effective decoy tools known to waterfowlers. And best of all, you put it together yourself.