Are they really worth it?
by "The Bass Coach"
(Roger Lee Brown)
There has been a lot of
controversy over "Fish Attractants" or otherwise known
as "Fish Scents" or "Fish Formulas". In the
past, I've noticed that many of my former bass angling students
as well as my bass guide clients have always come prepared with
plenty of "Fish Attractant", and wow! Do they ever
use it! They will grab that particular bait that they are using,
hold it over the edge of the boat, and really pour it on. Is
that method really practical?
I'll explain in a moment,
but first let me explain a few things about "Fish Attractants.
There are several different types of "Fish Attractants"
on the market today in the multi-billion dollar bass fishing
industry, and the marketing is very costly! Somewhere the companies
have to sell, sell, and sell to make up for the high cost of
marketing. Many commercials, whether it be TV, Radio, Magazines,
Outdoor Shows, etc., have to get the anglers (like you and me)
to buy this stuff!
First of all let me explain
the importance of "Fish Attractant". A freshwater black
bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted) will usually spit out
a bait within 2 or 3 seconds if the bass doesn't accept the taste
(if it even picks up the bait at all!). On the other side of
the coin, if a bass likes the scent or attractant, it can hold
the bait up to 30 seconds or more before it spits the bait out.
Fish attractant does not really "Attract" fish, but
your odds on setting the hook will be greater by using it rather
Now, let's get back to
Marketing once again. The companies that manufacture "Fish
Attractants" or Scents want the anglers to "Use it
by dousing the bait with it." Well, if you have lots of
money, go right ahead! Most tackle shops that I've been to have
a variety of Attractants and Scents, and they cost the angler
anywhere from $1.99 up to $10.00. When an angler "Douses
the bait" several times, he or she is ready for another
bottle soon, and that can get expensive after awhile.
Now, most plastic baits
on the marker today are manufactured with a scent already put
in the bait. So why would you want to douse this same bait with
additional "Fish Attractant"? It really makes no sense
at all does it? However, there is a reason why one would want
to buy and use "Fish Attractant". Just think of this;
a freshwater black bass can sense 1-200th of a drop of a substance
in about 100 gallons of water. Wow, what an accurate sense of
taste! This just goes to say that whenever you go fishing in
the morning, "Gas-Up" the night before!
Now, let's get right to
the point, and hopefully this point can and will save you some
of your hard-earned cash. When you go fishing, the first thing
you should do before you hit the water is to wash your hands
with soap and water, this will "hopefully" clean any
foreign scents off of your hands that may get on your baits when
you handle them. Second, take that bottle "Fish Attractant"
and pour a little bit on your hands and rub them together, like
you would a hand lotion. Now you're ready for action because
any bait you touch will have this "Fish Attractant"
scent added to it. Just think of the money you will save from
just "Pouring or Dousing" the formula over the bait.
A bottle of "Fish Attractant" should now last you about
20 times as long as it did before.
I will not tell you which
ones to buy, but the one I mostly use is formulated by Mr.Goop
"Fish Formula", they offer a Garlic and Anise scent
the bass seem to like very much. Just keep this in mind when
using "Fish Attractants"; the angler! (you and I) are
the ones that pay for the high cost of marketing of a product,
so of course they want us to use lots of that product! So, "Fish
Attractants" are they really worth it? YES! But if you use
it like a hand lotion you will find yourselves saving money and
getting the same results as if you were dousing the bait with
this "Fish Attractant"! Remember, the Presentation
of the bait is the MOST IMPORTANT! If you have any questions
please, just ask!
Take Care & God Bless!....."The
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