Reflecting back on the fishing seminars we have presented at shows across the country, it’s easy to remember the most frequently asked question. People often as whether we thought fish scents were a gimmick or not.
There is no question about it. We really believe scents aren’t tricks to make us spend money, but something which works.
This is true for a couple of reasons. First, you must remember that fish can be in one of three different moods or levels of activity. Either they’re inactive, neutral, or aggressive. Now, when they’re inactive or neutral, which is most of the time, they’re not really thinking about eating. So, dabbing a little bit of artificial scent on your lure can be just the ticket for turning them on.
While we’re on the subject of fish activity levels, it’s been our experience that fish scents really work wonders during the colder periods of the year. In fact, we’ve had our best luck using them in early spring, late fall, and throughout the winter months.
The main reason we think scents perform so well is because they mask human odors. Most fishermen don’t realize it, but there’s a natural oily substance on our fingers, called L-serine, that’s been proven to repel most species of fish. In fact, you can read of numerous experiments where researchers diluted minute quantities of L-serine, in gallons and gallons of water and then added the mixture to fish tanks in a hatchery. The results; the fish went berserk.
Having read that, do fish scents work? You better believe they do. In fact some days, they can make the different between a wet and a dry livewell.