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Ive  seen quite a hype for it from some of the senior members of the forum. So i bought a couple in 1/8  and 3/32 long bills. I have already rigged some with a tiny fluke, a shad bait, 2 straight tails and a swimbait. 
 

Two questions: how do you fish it and what are the best conditions to fish it?(im thinking a stop and go retrieve will work great in my home lake)

 

 

 

Whats your favorite plastics for it?

 

 

Third question: What are the requirements to join the scrounga club?lol

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Most of mine are the 1/4 oz.  I use a LFT magic shad for a trailer.  If I want something more subtle, I'll use a fluke style bait.  I never use a boot tail.  The reason is I think it works against the bill and you lose some action.  

 

I retrieve mine by yo-yoing or a steady retrieve.  I work it like a spinnerbait or a lipless bait.  A very versatile bait like the swim jig or bladed jig!

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The 3/8 & 1/2 oz Long bill bait has been the most consistent producer for me. 

 

Super and Magnum Fluke, Mag trick worm, & a 6" slug-go all work.

 

But I'm always hanging anything & everything on the back of the bait looking for a new trailer.

 

As for the Scounga Club membership - the by laws require the catch & release of a  Grande (double digit) Lake Baccarac Bass -

 

A-Jay

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The 3/8 & 1/2 oz Long bill bait has been the most consistent producer for me. 

 

Super and Magnum Fluke, Mag trick worm, & a 6" slug-go all work.

 

But I'm always hanging anything & everything on the back of the bait looking for a new trailer.

 

As for the Scounga Club membership - the by laws require the catch & release of a  Grande (double digit) Lake Baccarac Bass -

 

A-Jay

He called you a senior :hahaha-024:

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I catch walleye on them all the time using paddletails and light spinning tackle. Don't think I've caught a bass on one.

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He called you señor ~ :happy-112: 

 

sure did.

 

A-Jay

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Writing an article on the Scrounger?

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Ive  seen quite a hype for it from some of the senior members of the forum. So i bought a couple in 1/8  and 3/32 long bills. I have already rigged some with a tiny fluke, a shad bait, 2 straight tails and a swimbait. 

 

Two questions: how do you fish it and what are the best conditions to fish it?(im thinking a stop and go retrieve will work great in my home lake)

 

 

 

Whats your favorite plastics for it?

 

 

Third question: What are the requirements to join the scrounga club?lol

 

 

The 3/8 & 1/2 oz Long bill bait has been the most consistent producer for me. 

 

Super and Magnum Fluke, Mag trick worm, & a 6" slug-go all work.

 

But I'm always hanging anything & everything on the back of the bait looking for a new trailer.

 

As for the Scounga Club membership - the by laws require the catch & release of a  Grande (double digit) Lake Baccarac Bass -

 

A-Jay

 

 

A-Jay pretty much nailed it!

 

He called you a senior :hahaha-024:

 

 

I am the junior of the seniors...... :grin: :grin:

 

Jeff

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Back in My of '91 fishing lake Castaic and using a modified* original Scrounger I had my best ever day bass fishing in regards to number of 10 lb to 12 lb bass caught in one day; 18.

The modification was cutting off the original 3/0 Mustad hook at the hook bend, straighten the hook shank, cut the lead back on 3/4 oz to about 1/4" behind the collar, the head now weighs about 1/2 oz. Next step was add 6/0 round bend straight shank worm hook by wrapping tight with 25 lb mono and covering the wrap and hook shank with super glue.

I used 6" trout color Sluggo, the wrapped hook shank held the Sluggo from slipping. The trick is to get the Sluggo on as straight as possible to the Scrounger has a tight wiggle.

Fished in about 20' depth parallel to major points. Cast, let sink to depth then retrieve with steady pace until you get bumped, then reel faster.

If interested I could email a photo of modified Scrounger.

Tom

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Back in My of '91 fishing lake Castaic and using a modified* original Scrounger I had my best ever day bass fishing in regards to number of 10 lb to 12 lb bass caught in one day; 18.

The modification was cutting off the original 3/0 Mustad hook at the hook bend, straighten the hook shank, cut the lead back on 3/4 oz to about 1/4" behind the collar, the head now weighs about 1/2 oz. Next step was add 6/0 round bend straight shank worm hook by wrapping tight with 25 lb mono and covering the wrap and hook shank with super glue.

I used 6" trout color Sluggo, the wrapped hook shank held the Sluggo from slipping. The trick is to get the Sluggo on as straight as possible to the Scrounger has a tight wiggle.

Fished in about 20' depth parallel to major points. Cast, let sink to depth then retrieve with steady pace until you get bumped, then reel faster.

If interested I could email a photo of modified Scrounger.

Tom

 

 

Top notch!

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Back in My of '91 fishing lake Castaic and using a modified* original Scrounger I had my best ever day bass fishing in regards to number of 10 lb to 12 lb bass caught in one day; 18.

The modification was cutting off the original 3/0 Mustad hook at the hook bend, straighten the hook shank, cut the lead back on 3/4 oz to about 1/4" behind the collar, the head now weighs about 1/2 oz. Next step was add 6/0 round bend straight shank worm hook by wrapping tight with 25 lb mono and covering the wrap and hook shank with super glue.

I used 6" trout color Sluggo, the wrapped hook shank held the Sluggo from slipping. The trick is to get the Sluggo on as straight as possible to the Scrounger has a tight wiggle.

Fished in about 20' depth parallel to major points. Cast, let sink to depth then retrieve with steady pace until you get bumped, then reel faster.

If interested I could email a photo of modified Scrounger.

Tom

PM sent Tom.

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This guy makes a wicked awesome scrounger imo. He has long bills and can go 5/0 or 6/0 on the hook.

 

http://xtremecustomtackle.com/

 

Nice looking baits -

 

Thanks for the link

 

A-Jay

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I got some Lake Fork Magic shad I need to fire these bad boys on too. Had good luck last year on the fluke.

What about colder what temps?

First event is next Saturday on Eufaula OK and were about to get hit with some more cold weather, water temps will probably be in about 40-45

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Here's a video of Aaron Martens revealing his scrounger tricks:  http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-videos/scrounger-head-tricks.html

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I got some Lake Fork Magic shad I need to fire these bad boys on too. Had good luck last year on the fluke.

What about colder what temps?

First event is next Saturday on Eufaula OK and were about to get hit with some more cold weather, water temps will probably be in about 40-45

Yup. Use the blue gill color.  http://www.***.com/Lake_Fork_Live_Magic_Shad/descpage-LFLMS.html#multiview

Also use jigs and other baits that have the browns and orange in them.  Siebertoutdoors Brown craw color worked well for me the last 2 times I fished Eufaula. 

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The Extreme Custom Tackle Scroungers with larger hooks look good, with 1 exception; the trailer collar tube is smooth. I would prefer the collar tube be smaller in diameter and ribbed to hold soft plastic.

If someone made the oversize hook like the Extreme back the early 80's would have saved me from modifying them, thank you for the link and will give them a try.

Tom

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This guy makes a wicked awesome scrounger imo. He has long bills and can go 5/0 or 6/0 on the hook.

 

http://xtremecustomtackle.com/

 

 

The Extreme Custom Tackle Scroungers with larger hooks look good, with 1 exception; the trailer collar tube is smooth. I would prefer the collar tube be smaller in diameter and ribbed to hold soft plastic.

If someone made the oversize hook like the Extreme back the early 80's would have saved me from modifying them, thank you for the link and will give them a try.

Tom

 

 

I have some of these and will be putting them to the Grande test in 3 weeks.  Stay tuned!

 

Jeff

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Jeff, the key with Scroungers is a little change is pace using reel cadence, not rod action and to increase speed when you feel bumps. What happens sometimes is the baitfish follow the Scrounger, when a big bass shows the bait scatter and the bass chases the Scrounger down that is trying to escape. If you stop the retrieve, everything stops and turns away.

Good luck with your trip and looking for a teener!

Tom

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Hmm...

 

Some tackle I have had for a few years, but never fished...Time to try something new!

 

 

 

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As for the Scounga Club membership - the by laws require the catch & release of a  Grande (double digit) Lake Baccarac Bass -

 

A-Jay

 

Where would a 7 pound Lake Erie Smallmouth get you in this club?

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Where would a 7 pound Lake Erie Smallmouth get you in this club?

 

Different Club.

 

That's the Mutant Micropterus Dolomieu Club ~ and one that incidentally, I am Not a member of.

 

As you already know, the founder, charter member & long standing President of that very limited and prestigious club happens to be one Dwight Hottle - known to many as The Jerk Bait King.

 

As I have no affiliation to this club (yet), you will have to contact his highness directly.

 

I am looking forward to applying for membership in this club ASAP, as I hear the induction ceremony is most memorable.

 

A-Jay

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Where would a 7 pound Lake Erie Smallmouth get you in this club?

 

 

You sir are guility of asking a question that you already have the answer. Your official scrounga club welcome pack is in the mail.  

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Different Club.

 

That's the Mutant Micropterus Dolomieu Club ~ and one that incidentally, I am Not a member of.

 

As you already know, the founder, charter member & long standing President of that very limited and prestigious club happens to be one Dwight Hottle - known to many as The Jerk Bait King.

 

As I have no affiliation to this club (yet), you will have to contact his highness directly.

 

I am looking forward to applying for membership in this club ASAP, as I hear the induction ceremony is most memorable.

 

A-Jay

 

 

I will be looking to join this club as well.  And as long as it is 1 oz bigger, even have the hat to prove it!!!!!

 

Jeff

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