SCROU NGER S
When you stand among anglers that’s on their way to fish a tournament and ask them if someone can tell you about the scrounger bait... they will go quickly change the subject. The first person to walk away will be the angler that will never reveal any inf
The first time I used the bait was in 2009 in a tournament and the results were unbelievable. Within ten casts and no time my bag’s weight was doubled. I believed that I had found the lure that every angler was looking for; the so called ‘magic lure’. I know of a top local ranked angler that went to tackle shops and bought all the stock he could find soon after the lure was introduced. Until today he will never talk about it.
I continued to fish with the lure for several years and had great successes with it even on tournament trails.
The secret in catching fish will always be; first to locate the bass and then identify their food source. Their food source plays an important part especially when you are trying to imitate their food source by using the correct lures which are only as good as the presentation. We all know that the bass will almost hit any lure. When they are feeding it is vital to get them to hit the lures between their feeding times. If there is a school of bait fish around it is fine, but one wounded baits fish on its own is a different story.
If we have a closer look at the scrounger lures you will notice that it looks like a jig head with a soft plastic collar that looks like a crankbait’s bill standing up straight. Only when adding some type of plastic lure will it have a body. The secret is that the scrounger will provide a lot of action that the fish can’t resist.
The first scrounger I owned was 3/8 in size and worked well with Zoom Brush Hogs fished over rocky areas. With time I got my hands on different sizes and started matching small flukes with lighter jig heads and the more bulky minnows with the medium size scroungers. When I fish rocky areas I will match the colour of the lure to the bottom or rocks, normally Green Pumpkin. When fishing vegetation the Watermelon/ gold/ candy/ blue, colours work well. On the smaller scroungers when there are fry around Bass/ Pearl White/ Albino colours work well. But every angler has his
own colour preferences.