The Original Scrounger – 1976

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

There are a multitude of companies out there today that make a jig head which employs a plastic lip in order to provide movement to the head and trailer. Companies like Davis Bait Company, Kalin, Luck-E-Strike and Sworming Hornet are an example of manufacturers that produce this genre of heads today.

But it all got started in San Marcos, CA back in the early 70s by a company named North American Waters – makers of the Scrounger. Back then the Scrounger was offered in two sizes, 1/8 and 3/8 ounce, and with that you got the bill that they placed on it at the factory. No spares, no different sizes. [Read more…]

New Products 1976

New Products from the Fall 1976 Western Bass Magazine

Reading the Fall 1976 issue of Western Bass Magazine I came across the “New Products” section and found some interesting stuff – historically speaking. First off, look at the left page, upper center. You see one of the first glimpses of the Original Scrounger – the bait that Aaron Martens brought back to life a few years ago. These things were awesome when it came to fishing the saltwater back bays and they even worked for bass. The only problem with them back then, and it was a big problem, was the hooks really stunk. Heavy-wire cadmium-plated hooks that were short-shanked and narrow gaped. Not the best quality in a bass hook. [Read more…]