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Barney Spoons may be fished by trolling, jigging, or casting.
Trolling will produce a constant fluttering action at any chosen depth with the intensity of the action dependent on boat speed. The slower the speed the more gentle the action. The faster the speed, the more vigorous the action. Pumping the rod every few feet to create a darting action is recommended.
Depth of the Barney Lure is attained by timing of the spoon as it sinks to desired level.
Jigging is very effective while drifting or at a very slow trolling speed. After determining proper fishing depth, twitching of the rod tip to activate a fluttering or darting action should be followed.
Casting is the most widely used and quickest method of finding fish in any chosen area. Medium to long casts to likely spots should be tried near the surface, at mid-depths and on the bottom. The Barney Lure should be allowed to sink to proper level before retrieving. Speed of the retrieve can vary from slow to medium fast. Retrieve is accomplished by a twitch of rod end which causes the Barney Lure to flutter upward. Then, a slight pause as the slackened line is tightened by a quarter to half turn of the reel during which time the lure flutters downward to its original starting position. This continuous action of twitching and pausing is constantly repeated until the lure is fully retrieved. A tight line during the entire retrieve and quick setting of hook at the first "bump" or "hit" is highly recommended.
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