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Long travel spring for jerk string
« on: December 04, 2021, 01:35:28 PM »
Making my first jerk string, the only springs I could find at Home Depot donít really travel that far. I need something that doesnít take much to stretch the spring and allows me to stretch it a few feet then have it pull back...

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2021, 01:38:24 PM »
Get a bungee cord, much easier.  You can make them as long as you want.

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2021, 02:25:10 PM »
Get a bungee cord, much easier.  You can make them as long as you want.

Bungee for sure.
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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2021, 03:24:41 PM »
Alright back to the hardware store lol

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2021, 04:09:17 PM »
I got 1/2 pvc 4 way joint

1/2 pvc pipe

Cut the pipe into 4 sections,   3-4 feet long

Bungie cord off the roll, abou 10 feet

Make a + out of the pvc, stretch the bungie through the middle and secure at the end of all 4 corners.

Its like those snap together tent stakes with the bungee through the middle

Attach anchor with a couple feet of bungee on it, attach your jerk cord at the opposite end, attach a decoy on all 4 corners

Now you got a spread of decoys on a jerk line instead of 1 straight line of decoys

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2021, 04:15:27 PM »
I got 1/2 pvc 4 way joint

1/2 pvc pipe

Cut the pipe into 4 sections,   3-4 feet long

Bungie cord off the roll, abou 10 feet

Make a + out of the pvc, stretch the bungie through the middle and secure at the end of all 4 corners.

Its like those snap together tent stakes with the bungee through the middle

Attach anchor with a couple feet of bungee on it, attach your jerk cord at the opposite end, attach a decoy on all 4 corners

Now you got a spread of decoys on a jerk line instead of 1 straight line of decoys

Interested in seeing a picture of this if you have one
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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 05:17:10 PM »
I made this today before KF hunter mentioned a square. I made a triangle, going to anchor off one corner, pull off another

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2021, 05:21:51 PM »
... I made mine out of 1/2 inch galvanized steel and drilled through it, used eye bolts through. I ran Paracors through all the conduit so it folds up. Then used big nuts on the para cord so it wonít pull back through once I had the tension I wanted. Then painted it all flat black.

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2021, 05:24:04 PM »
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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2021, 05:25:30 PM »
Also I took apart an old fishing stringer, the kind with the metal clips. Ran those through the decoy down to a commercial trolling snap. The kind that come with the nice big stainless swivel... those snap onto the eyes really well.

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2021, 05:27:33 PM »
I used shower curtain hangers lol

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2021, 05:28:15 PM »
... you can get these at sea mar downtown Seattle. I know, I know... close your eyes until you get there then buy and speed home lol

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2021, 05:29:12 PM »
I used shower curtain hangers lol

 :chuckle:  :tup: Whatever works ya know! I had everything in my garage for the swivels and stuff. I figure this will last forever and itís way stronger than anything I could buy.

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2021, 05:32:40 PM »
I think this will actually work well, but I ordered a bungee. Lifting up the chain will come up and the spring should draw with it, then when I release the chain and spring should work together to pull back... I hunt the tide flats with big tide swings. So as the tide comes up and chain should lift with the jerk rig from the decoys floating. Then as the tide goes out the chain goes to the bottom too.

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Re: Long travel spring for jerk string
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2021, 05:43:39 PM »
Halibut spreaders bungee cord and a sash weight. Put loops on you deals so you can change them out. :twocents:
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