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.
Here's a trick for grabbing tomtates and other scamp treats like small blue runners, squirrelfish and the like: Cut a frozen squid into inch-long strips about 1/8-inch wide and deploy them on fishfinder rigs.
Lastly, don't hesitate to recycle anything that a scamp yacks up.
When effective chumming and proper presentations bring scamp to the boat, make sure you're prepared to safely release any undersized fish and any over your daily bag limit.
On most shallow to mid-range trips, scamp (Myde-ropercaphenax) are easily distinguished from gag and other groupers.
The aft trailers get most of the attention, but exsertions also mark the posterior edge of a scamp's soft dorsal and anal fin The latter two may vary in prominence from fish to fish, but rare is the scamp whose outboard lacks obvious accents,
Sources indicate the yellowmouth largely replaces scamp in South Florida, the Keys and Bahamas.
Also, the brighter body coloration, often with red spots and splotches, sharply contrasts the duller hues of a scamp or yellowmouth.