The Scrounger Jighead works well for smallmouth bass. The key is finding out which soft plastics will work best with these jigheads. Some baits work great while others don’t look good at all. A slow and steady retrieve is the key to giving these baits their action. Use these lures around shallow water cover such as weeds, docks, wood and rocks and you will catch plenty of smallmouth bass.
Best Baits on a Scrounger Rig for Smallmouth Bass
Soft Plastic Minnows
Minnow baits are great baits on a scrounger jighead. This type of jighead creates an awesome swimming action with many of the minnow baits are on the market. A slow and steady retrieve works great.
Smaller swimbaits have pretty good action on a scrounger as well. The skinnier, longer swimbaits will look better on a scrounger.
Finesse worms also look great on a scrounger jighead. Most anglers swim these baits slowly, however, a jig and fall retrieve can be effective too with the finesse worms.
Scrounger Jighead & Live Baits
You can also use live baits with a scrounger jighead. Just make sure to match the right scrounger with live baits. Some of the scrounger hooks are pretty big and they will not work well with live baits, but the smaller hook scroungers can be very effective with live bait such as nightcrawlers, leeches and minnows.
Scrounger Jighead & Dead Minnows
If you take the head off of a dead minnow and rig it to a scrounger jighead, it works very well. If you continue to cast this rig you will end up destroying the minnow and will have to rebait often. The better way to use this rig is to slow troll with the electric trolling motor while staying vertical with your presentation. It’s a very good deeper water technique for smallmouth bass.