1. How do you like to fish it?
> "2 different ways. I'll give you my most favorite last.
> "Here in this clear water [Ozarks, MO]...when I go with Lyndall [Helms, who invented it]...can just sit there and and do what he tells me to do. He doesn't have LiveScope. He finds bait balls, then sits back off them and counts [the Scope Spin] down.....
> "I just work it back like a jig. Let's say fish are suspended in 30' of water. I can picture myself fishing a jig in 30' of water on the bottom – I rip it up off the bottom like you would a football jig. It lets me visualize...if you don't have LiveScope you can't really see it doing anything. You kind of have to visualize what it's doing and that's what I have to do....
> "In 30' my rod is at about 3:00 and then I snap it all the way up to 12'. They will generally bite it on the fall. Sometimes you will feel it and sometimes you'll see your line go slack. Just do that repeatedly all the way back to the boat....
> "That bait has a spiral blade. I use 30-lb braid with a 12-lb fluoro leader – when you pull that bait, you can feel and hear that blade spinning. You can actually feel the blade spinning as it falls. It seems to spin at least 2 times as fast as a regular willow blade, and spins immediately because of the spiral."
> "And the bait does turn up – so when you pull it, it comes right up...you don't want it to come towards you as much.... That's really helpful because whenever you pull it up and let it fall again, that's usually when you get bites.
> "My favorite way...I was on Lake of the Ozarks recently fishing the Ozark Mountain Team Trail, and caught 30 fish out of dock stalls on it. The boat was sitting in 10' to 55' deep. I was pitching to the shady, windy corners or cross-pieces, or down the sides...mostly all cable docks.
> "...shallow docks they'd bite it in the first 3'. Deeper docks they'd bite it within 10'. I'd work it back to the boat same way."
2. How does someone fish it without forward-facing sonar?
> "With your down scan and your side scan you can find those bait balls...certainly you can locate those fish feeding on those shad. Most times of the year they will ball up in the deepest spot back in a place – a channel swing, river bend, where creeks converge....go over it with down scan, see the balls of shad, turn around and fish back through 'em.
> "That's a ll all Lyndall's been doing all these years. He could see those fish, like on Bull Shoals, suspended in 20-25'. The trouble is, the water's so clear you might catch one and then spook 'em." [The Scope Spin allows him to back off, make a long cast and fish for those suspended bass.]
> "Another thing that I've done, took a guy...in Oct we fished the sides of points and bluffs with it – just letting it fall down the bluff. We weren't really seeing bait there, they were just pulling water. These are just areas where they stack up when they're pulling current. Typical jig-fishing spots. We just fished it like a jig."
3. What gear do you fish it with?
> "I use our 7' 4" [Virtus/Jewel] Football Jig Rod and the 7' 2" Swim Jig Rod. Probably for my height [5' 9"] and build the swim jig rod is my favorite. At the end of [a long] cast that Swim Jig Rod has the right backbone and tip to hook 'em and bring it in.
> "As far as line, I use a 30-lb braid and 12-lb Seaguar InvizX fluoro. I use an 8:1 reel because I want to take slack out as fast as possible if I need to, or if I cast past schoolers I want to crank it quickly up on top then kill it and let it fall through them."
Here again is the good intro video about the Scope Spin.