Introduction: By now we all know the concept of a texas rigged decoy. Well, Lifetime Decoys has taken that idea to the next level. While their version still has the convenient function of the ordinary texas rig it also adds extreme durability. Based out of Houston Texas; Lifetime Decoys has created arguably the most durable, rugged and indestructible decoy rig on the market. With numerous different versions to choose from we will be focusing on the 48″ model.
First Impressions: We received these rigs from Lifetime Decoys and we were immediately impressed with their design. Constructed out of coated steel cable, these things appear to be able to withstand an absolute beating. Each rig came equipped with a heavy duty clip and swivel to ensure they stay attached to your decoys. Since these were the 48″ version they came with a 4oz lead teardrop weight.
Heavy duty clip and swivel, to connect each rig to your decoys
Above each weight and at the loops there is a metal cable crimp, that gives the rig a very clean look by getting rid of the loose ends. This should make them less likely to catch weeds and other obstacles. The package also comes with a big camouflage carabiner. A carabiner is a must when using texas rigs, so it’s nice they give you one to help keep your decoys organized. Needless to say we were impressed with the texas rigs and we were ready to take them to the water.
Field Test: First thing we did was rig up a dozen decoys with the new lines. The plastic on the keel around the line tie on some brand decoys was too thick for the clip to go through and snap shut. This is a common problem with all texas rigs that use any sort of clip, but it can easily be fixed by running a zip tie or string through the hole and attaching the clip to it.
Once we had the decoys ready we went out to the water to see how they would perform. We tossed the decoys out and each one deployed without a hitch. The decoy would hit the water and the line would slide through the swivel until the weight hit the bottom. Some were thrown in the grass and others in the open water. The 4oz weights held them all in place. Now that the decoys were out it was time to pick them up. In my opinion, texas rigs shine the most when it’s time to pick up. These rigs were designed so that all you have to do is grab the head of the decoy, pull up until the loop reaches the swivel and then hook it onto the carabiner. This is the best way they can be designed because you never have to get your hands wet.
Once you get all you decoys on the carabiner you can drag them around and throw them anywhere, and they will all stay together; and for the most part not tangle. The coated steel cable is stiff enough to prevent most tangles yet limp enough to not cause problems with the line sliding through the swivel. Everything performed flawlessly and seemed durable enough that nothing short of a bulldozer could damage.
Conclusion: The coated steel cable is certainly unique. It has the right amount of stiffness to be perfect for the application. It is also extremely tough. These rigs should easily last for years unlike many monofilament set ups that are likely to dry rot or retain so much memory they become useless. Not only are these things tough, they also come with a 3 year warranty. Lifetime Decoys sells these in three different sizes, 30″, 48″, 72″, or if you like projects they sell a do it yourself kit. Either way, they’ve got you covered. Lifetime Decoys are “the highest quality, longest lasting decoy rigs on the market, guaranteed”.