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“We cast the Fergie, let it sink to bottom, then start to jerk-pause it back to the boat,” Schulz says. “Once we find fish, the vertical approach works better, but that’s when you have problems tangling the Fergie. To avoid this, we keep the line slightly but not entirely taut on the drop. Leave a slight bow when it’s dropping. When walleyes are shallow, on windswept sand points, we cast the Fergie up on top in 2 to 6 feet of water and start jerking them down the sand point. When walleyes are that shallow they strike when the spoon first hits the water, or on the original drop. When walleyes are that shallow, they’re feeding.

“We also work a lot of breaklines with a 20-degree angle to our lines, by slowly snap-trolling. We never tip it with bait, yet the Fergie is our go-to lure for putting a trophy in the boat on Last Mountain. But it doesn't work as well in the hands of guests. It takes some time to learn the nuances. Elite, experienced fishermen can hunt big fish with these lures, though. If I really want to catch a 12-pounder, I can do it every day with this lure. I find them with electronics, stop, drop, give ’em 4 or 5 snaps and, if they don’t hit, I’m on to the next fish. That’s the nice thing about a jigging spoon. It’s aggressive. They’re either going to hit it or not, so don’t waste any time. They hit it more often than not because it’s a perfect wounded-minnow imitation, which is particularly effective for walleyes. We use the 1-ounce Fergie most of the time, but we drop down a size in shallow water, where we don’t want it to fall as fast.” – Rob Schultz, G&S Marina Last Mountain Lake, Sask,  In-Fisherman Magazine March 2009.