If you are like most anglers, chances are you don’t know about the Scrounger. Even if you do, chances are you probably haven’t fished it yet. Also, even a smaller percentage of you who actually know about the Scrounger, and have fished it,  may not know the secrets of this technique; so I’m going to fill you in.

Basically, the Scrounger is a jig-head that has a flat clear-plastic lip on it that shimmies when retrieved.

I usually thread a soft Swimbait on the Scrounger head. like the Big Bite Baits  Suicide Shad or even 4.8" Pro Swimmer or their 5" Super Soft Trick Stick.

I typically use the 1/4 oz. to 3/4 oz. Scrounger Head.  Using the Billed Scrounger with one of the soft plastics mentioned above with a spinnerbait skirt, the possibilities are endless.

Here’s why the Scrounger is so useful.

First:  It has a very natural and subtle movement. It gives off a great deal of vibration and is very weedless as well.


Second: The Scrounger works great anywhere you could throw any soft plastic bait, spinner-bait, or crank-bait. It shows the fish something they’ve never seen before.

Third:  Most importantly, it allows you to use soft plastic baits on the Scrounger head that otherwise must be fished slowly, but fish them quickly and cover lots of water at the same time.

One of the best ways to fish the Scrounger is to just throw it out, let it hit bottom, then just reel it in as fast as you can while keeping it very close to the bottom. It is also a great bait to work points, find the end of the point and run it up the sides toward the shore or across the point at two or three depths.

I’ll let my Scrounger bump cover often, or if there is a lack of cover to bump, I’ll give the rod a pop or pause every once in awhile to trigger a fish that may be following or nearby.

This is a lure that anyone from the beginner to the pro can fish effectively just about anywhere. I can’t say enough about it. It’s a really good bait to use when you get into some schooling bass or top water early or late, keeping it close to the surface and reel it fast.

So give the Scrounger a try. It has been in most pros' tackle boxes for years, but they don't talk about it because they don't want anglers to know they use it. Most of them are under contract with a major bait company and they are afraid they might lose their sponsors. So, give it a try before everyone else finds out about it.