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scents for fishing
« on: Jan 14, 2013, 07:08 AM »
 was wondering if anybody used scents when ice fishing.I have been reading a lot on this wonderful website since we havent been able to get on the ice and just want to know who uses scents and maybe what kind.   I have read that people use anise oil and melt vasaline together and put on there lines and lures to mask the human scent   my dad says that fish dont know what a human smells like so why use scents anyway.  Just wondering what all you other fisherman think
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #1 on: Jan 14, 2013, 07:30 AM »
 Do scents work for fishing? You betcha!! I've been using scents for years! Especially thru the ice! I believe what it does is keep the fish around. Try it you might be surprised how well it works!  ;D
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2013, 07:32 AM »
i have used they spray scents from stores but wondered if anybody tried using any that they made
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #3 on: Jan 14, 2013, 10:03 AM »
I havent had a chance to try it out yet but I melted down some vasaline and added some anise oil to it,I also have some fish oil pills that Im going to try,I cut one open the other day just to see what it smelled like and it definatly stinks like fish and the smell didnt come off my hands to easy either so Im thinking that the fish oil pills may work fairly well time will tell,you see posts where guys use wd 40,the old wd 40 had fish oil in it and thats what made it work,I dont think the new stuff has fish oil in it so I wouldnt even consider using it,I think the pills are better at least its only fish oil and not a bunch of other chemicals

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #4 on: Jan 14, 2013, 11:02 AM »
I've been trying some different scents and I haven't noticed any real difference.  The major prey detectors for a fish are it's eyes, and the second being it's sensory reception in it's lateral line.  I think fish commit to striking based on those cues.  I believe that scents contribute very little to the fishes feeding response. For example, when a trout is eating mayflies from the surface of a stream they do so based on the recognition of the size, shape, and color of the mayfly, not it's scent. There may be some value in the fish "holding on" to the bait a tad longer, but I'm not sure there is any real evidence of that. However, in the case of catfish, bullheads, and the like, they are more inclined to use scent as a means of finding food.  For those type species there may well be an argument for the use of fish scents as they are scavengers, by in large, and the prey the seek is generally immobile.
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #5 on: Jan 16, 2013, 04:17 PM »
i have tried adding some " flash "or a type of visual attractant works when nothing else does. Many times a fish will just sit and stare at the bait, but change color or presentation and a strike will likely happen. Ive even tied on ( believe it or not) an inch or so piece of metallic tinsel just behind the jig head with much success.

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #6 on: Jan 17, 2013, 12:56 PM »
Hey Jimmy,

Have you ever used small rubber bands tied to the line ahead of the jig?  A friend of mine swears by it.  Just find those thin multi-colored rubberbands, and tie a few on your leader.  They move very easily in the water column, and provide an extra attraction.
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #7 on: Jan 17, 2013, 03:37 PM »
do you cut the rubber bands in half or leave them in a circle to tie them on     just wondering
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #8 on: Jan 21, 2013, 09:06 AM »
I think he cuts them.  He also uses strips of balloons, which would seem to me to move easier than the rubber bands.
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #9 on: Jan 22, 2013, 03:54 PM »
Junebug , i never tried it, but i have a bunch of rubber skirts from spinner baits in various colors. I may have to peel a few bands off and give it a try ! Last year the tinsel trick worked great at the state park.

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #10 on: Jan 24, 2013, 04:56 AM »
Always do well at Lackawanna State Park, lots of action. 
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #11 on: Jan 24, 2013, 09:30 AM »
I use alot of different berkley baits for jigging that are scented and they work very well.

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #12 on: Jan 24, 2013, 09:35 AM »
do they have any movement to them   i have tried the berkley gulp wax worms and just sat there all day and nothing would bite i tried jigging them and dead sticking with them but nothing i used different colors and still nothing when i use real waxies i catch fish so do they have to have some kind of movement for them to attract the fish or do you think its the smell that brings them in
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #13 on: Jan 24, 2013, 09:46 AM »
I use them on jigging spoons or jig heads so I'm giving them motion. I have caught quite afew trout on the trout worms with them motionless.

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #14 on: Jan 24, 2013, 09:47 AM »
i might have to get some of them and try them out    where do you live gravydavy
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #15 on: Jan 24, 2013, 09:50 AM »
Ambridge,Pa. just north of Pittsburgh, on the Ohio river

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #16 on: Jan 24, 2013, 10:07 AM »
My wife says that anybody that walks on water to fish has no sense ::)

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #17 on: Jan 24, 2013, 12:57 PM »
You're wife is right.
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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #18 on: Jan 24, 2013, 01:17 PM »
I've been using Berkley crappie/ panfish scent for years. Even when fishing plastic it sometimes makes a difference. I'm also convinced it helps at night

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Re: scents for fishing
« Reply #19 on: Jan 24, 2013, 05:36 PM »
There are times when you don't need it, but when they get picky, scent helps.  Berkley Gulp is a great product for that reason.  I use the Gulp Alive lures and also dip my other plastics in it.  Smelly Jelly, Fish Formula and Bang have worked for me in the past as well. 

Also, during open water fishing, I also use garlic scented worm dye often on my soft plastics, and I think that it helps in addition to the added coloration attraction.

Tipping your lures with waxworms and maggots sweetens the bite...why?  Scent.  How many schools of maggots do you see swimming around under water?  It's not really a natural hatch.  But, they smell good and taste good (I wouldn't know, but the fish seem to think so).

How about negative scents?  Can they hurt your fishing?  Yes.  I have a friend that smokes like a fiend, and after watching me and my buds tear up the fish through the ice with him using the same jigs right next to us, we suggested he use scent to cover up his negative ones...a little bit of fish formula and he was on the bite right away.  It made a huge difference.  It may not have been cigarette smell, because he also had been working on his vehicle the night before, so it could have been something like that...but regardless, we think that's what it was.

Anyway, that's my humble opinion, take it or leave it.  I carry it with me and use it when the bite slows...seems to help.

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