Maisano said diversity is also a key indicator of a spot's scamp potential.
However, if you want to impress the larger scamp, put something live in their face.
According to Bullock, scamp stomach samples have turned up a lot of vermilion snapper (beeliners) and tomtates (spots).
If you really want to light a scamp's fire, drop a live pilchard (whitebait) and hang on.
"Whitebait is scamp crack," jokes veteran Gult angler Randy Rochelle.
The scamp's eagerness to strike fast-moving finfish suggests a good target for artificial lures, and that's certainly the case.
Standard slip sinker rigs do just fine with dead baits, but livies need room to flash and flutter to attract scamp attention, so go with a knocker rig.
Farner suggests targeting finicky scamp with tackle about half the size of what you'd use for grouper and snapper.
Because most of the scamp recreational anglers encounter will top out around 10 pounds, you won't need the stout boat rods and 4/0 class reels used for gag duties.
Scamp are homebodies, sticking close to the bottom.
A better way to stimulate the scamp bite is to drop a frozen chum block to the bottom.
Before running to your scamp spots, get yourself ahead of the game by rounding up a load of live baits.
Because UHF resources are oversubscribed and gaining access is difficult, using the available EHF resources that SCAMP provides offers another alternative to fulfill some requirements that cannot be met by UHF.
Watch for future articles on SCAMP, they'll be served up like a meal.
Please send any feedback on SCAMP experiences (good, bad, and ugly) to Dean-Hokrein@us.army.mil.