Are They Really Worth It?
By Roger Lee Brown (The Bass Coach)
There has been a lot of controversy over "Fish Attractants" or otherwise known as "Fish Scents". In
the past, I've noticed that many of my former bass angling students as well as by 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 they are using, hold it over the edge of the boat, and really pour it
on. Is that method really practical?
I'll explain that 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 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 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 than not.
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 market 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"?
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 that 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 of "Fish
Attractant" and pour a little bit on your hands and rub them together, like 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 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 I use only "Natural Scents" like crawfish or Shad. Remember the angler pays for
the High Cost of marketing of a product, so of course they want you to use lots of that product!
So, "Fish Attractants" are they really worth it? Yes! But use it as a hand lotion and 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!
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