Scrounger Head Tricks

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Pro Aaron Martens reveals his tips and tricks for fishing Fluke baits on scrounger heads in this video!

I still use the Flukes, just the normal Fluke. You guys probably have those here, right? The straight-up Fluke, in, like, all the solid colors. I fish upside down, flat side down, and all the colors, I trim the back on them. Like, say, the smokin’ shad. On any type bait like that where you want the wiggle, you can kind of just take the shoulders off it, where it has a flat top. Just make it kind of more rounded. So I usually take a pair of sharp scissors and cut from the front to the back almost. Just kind of take that corner off. And that makes the bait swim better. But I do that even on the tiny ones. I throw a lot of tiny Flukes on the eighth ounce and the 3/16, I throw a lot of tiny Flukes. I do the same thing.

(off camera) Do you fish it deep?

(Aaron) Mm-hmm. I fish, my favorite size is a 3/4, and if I had a one ounce I would probably fish it a lot more, but a lot of times that 3/4 is my favorite. And he's talking about the scrounger, I hope you're hearing me, but the 3/4 with the Fluke, just a normal Fluke pearl, or there's a color called, it's got like a pearl hologram flake. I think it's a custom color you've got to order. But you do that on a, like, 10-12 pound line most of the time. Then I fish it down to 40 feet.

So, and you can cast, when I spool up a shakey fish, 3/4 ounce, I usually put a 180 feet of line on it because I'm casting 150 at least. And then I'm also letting it sink a lot of times. But a lot of times on that bait, if you're fishing deep, I don't let it sink free-spool. Like, on some other baits I do. Like a shakey head, a lot of times I'll click it in gear.

I'll click my bail before it hits the bottom just so it pendulums down a little, pulls the line down because you get bit, and you're totally free-spooling a long cast you got that really lot of bow in your line, and you'll miss fish. So, like, on a shakey fish I do that and on my football heads I'll usually, I might let them sink five or ten feet free-spool. Once I get past that I'll put it in gear and I'll just hold it and let it pendulum down. And when it pendulums down, if a fish does hit it, when it hits the bottom, you got a lot more solid hook set than if you were letting it fall free. A lot of times you'll get a lot of slack in there and you can't get them.

So that's another thing I do with a lot, like dropshotting on a long cast. I kind of click it in gear and let it pendulum down, and by the time it gets down it's not, it's like this instead of maybe like that, you know. You get that arc.