Scents or non-scents? - that is the question.

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I found some interesting opinions / facts about using scents for freshwater species. Here is the first one:
First, we'll try to clarify a "myth" about formulas (or attractants.) One thing to keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a "Fish Attractant!" except when it comes to "chumming the water, usually done while salt water fishing."

Fish Attractants do not attract anything except for the angler who buys them off of the self or orders them from their favorite bait and tackle outlet, and a "Fish Formula" is no more than a cover-up for an unwanted taste that had probably contaminated your bait from something you may have had on your hands or what ever the bait was kept in (the old musty smell?)

A fish formula is much like when the deer hunter puts scents on his clothes to "cover-up" his human scent so the deer won't smell him walking through the woods.


Another consideration:
a bass (and many other species of fish) can scent approximately 1/200th of a drop of a substance in 100 gallons of water. Now if their sense of taste and smell are that acute, they can surly taste the gas that rubbed off of your hands and got on the bait you cast into the water or any other foreign scent or residue that may have been on your hands such as sun lotion, ingredients from something you may have ate, a after shave lotion (or perfume hopefully used by female anglers), rust, must, mold, or just about anything you can imagine.


Now from the same author:
I can tell you from experience that the natural scents work the best. I always use a Crawfish formula for plastics and jig & pig combos, Shad Oil (or scent) for actions baits such as spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and top water baits, and a Garlic scent when things slow down from the Crawfish scented baits. Here's a point you may want to remember... a Crawfish is ALWAYS!, ALWAYS!, the number one food source of a bass, even over baitfish!


If, as he says, attractants don't attract but instead cover unwanted negative odors or tastes, why the importance of specific scents? Like color-matching opinions, this scent opinion seems to be shot full of holes.

I can buy the, they hold on longer vs spit it out because of a negative taste far more than they hold on longer because it tastes good or natural . Salt, anise and garlic are not natural, but many do consider them just as effective (for personal and varied opinions).

Can it be conclusively stated that MegaStike grease works any better than a host of other oils or water soluble formulas? Water soluble formulas would need to be applied to a lure on every cast; oil and grease would disperse not at all! Maybe a solution to the solution we cast our baits into would be using both! 😠

(Not to advocate man-made scents or sound hypocritical, I firmly believe that musty odors and rust are the most negative scents that repel bass along with a strong after shave.)

Hey Sam: I am no expert nor am I a biologist. What I can tell you is that I have been using Smelly Jelly and it's partner liquid formula in Anise/crawfish as long as I can remember. It has made the difference on a few days, whether it was because it masked my odor or was an attractant did not matter to me and still doesnt if it works thats good enough for me I can tell you that putting smelly jelly on any plastic it makes it glide over weeds and rocks, I have witnessed that many times
I was once part of a board where Mega Strike and JJ Magic were sponsors and many considered them the holy grail of scents. JJ Magic smells like when you burned garlic in olive oil and the Mega Strike seemed like snake oil.
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JJ Magic smells like when you burned garlic in olive oil and the Mega Strike seemed like snake oil.


Agree!
Too bad the company that produced The Original Fish Formula went out of business.
Hey, I wonder if a minty tooth paste might work! I could even sprinkle garlic salt on it to make it stick! 😠

(congrats on the improvement in your writing!)

I was once fishing on the NY side of Greenwood Lake, over by the arm that goes past Chapel Island and was eating a meat ball hero that my grandmother made, I dropped a big glob of gravy on a Jelly Worm and caught a 6lb LM that was my PB for many years I later tried it with my Mothers Gravy and no go, sorry MA!

( getting help from the missus and a better auto check with the writing. I still can't help the occasional run on)
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I'm not sold much on attractants . I do think that once a bass has something in it's mouth it can make an incredibly fast evaluation of whether it appears to be a positive or negative decision to pick the bait up in the first place. I pretty sure some of this slimy stuff will assist in helping to get the bait to slide through then salad easier. I believe bass primarily feed by sight and so I try to keep that in mind.
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I use them on occasion, mostly if the bite is tough or to mask my hand odor. I think at best they will give you an extra second to set the hook.

I notice that if I think I have the right bait and Im on the right site I pay attention more and don't loose as many bites, so the scent thing may also be tied into the confidence factor
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I'm a believer in attractants... To be honest, I have no idea if they work, if they don't work, or if they alter the amount of fish I catch. However, what I do know it does is give me added confidence, and confidence is everything in bass fishing.

I think attractant probably triggers an extra bite or two, and makes a finickier fish commit. Think of it this way: If a 5 pounder is staring down your jig in clear water, and deciding whether or not to eat it, a burst of crawfish scent hitting him certainly can't hurt your chances of getting a bite, even if it doesn't help.
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biggest difference i have noticed is the salted or scented rubber worm, berkley to be specific;;;;;; seems a bit longer to hold onto bait, ...my 2cents