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To Scent Or Not To Scent

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1 To Scent Or Not To Scent on Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 am

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Jerdon had asked me a great question in one of my recent fish report postings:

"Do you think the scent adds to your fish count or are you just afraid to leave it off at this point"?

My reply to Jerdon:

"Daniel a.k.a. Singletrack, never used scent and most of the time he would land more Bass numbers than I would.
I use scent in hopes of attracting Halibut but I don't believe that it actually helps in attracting the Bass during it's initial strike.

I feel as though the Bass react to movement and presentation and I would like to think that once the Bass bites down
on the scent (enzyme) coated bait; and once it gets a taste of it in it's mouth, that it's lil' brain tells it's mouth to hang-on to it
and or hopefully it causes the fish to do a return second strike. Anyways ... that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

The one thing that I do believe ... is that it doesn't cause a loss in the bite activity but somehow it improves my chances of a strike.

I've noticed that while I've been using the scent; along with presentation, that I have actually caught more and larger Halibut than most ...
so maybe the scents do work, hence they have created such a gigantic market wagon-trained around all of the scent products. Perhaps the scent trail; in the water, works better on certain inner harbor predatory species and not so well on other inner harbor species.
But the one thing that I will guarantee you is  ... whether or not you choose to use scent on your baits ... you WILL CATCH FISH.

Bottom line for me Jerdon is ... for me not to use scent on my bait would be like me walking out the door wearing only one sock ...
it just wouldn't feel right nor complete to me if I didn't apply scent onto my bait ... after all ... I do need to create all the luck that I can for myself. lol

And perhaps ... I've grown to become a bit more superstitious in my ol' ways as well.   Wink   lol ... Who's to say?!"
 Cool


I'd be very interested in hearing about everyone's experiences; or beliefs, about whether or not scent on bait actually works for any of you out there. Your thoughts.
"Do you think the scent adds to your fish count or are you just afraid to leave it off at this point"?
"Jerdon"


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2 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:55 pm

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I use procure scents, I mix them all together. Started using it when I won a bottle from Jeff. I get a variety of strikes from scent versus no scent. More spotties and halis, with a sprinkling of sandies.............That being said, I switched to HUB crusty scent(red) the last two outings. More sandies......

One point I must make, I think the procure sticks to the HUB longer..........2 cents and out.......GT

3 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:15 pm

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For freshwater Trouting (the bulk of my fishing) I fish with Mini Jigs - and I use Procure earthworm scent.  It is nasty... a brown oil slick in a bottle.  My waders are stained, my tube is stained, my gloves are stained, my hat is stained.  And does it stink.   But I won't fish without it.  

For salt in the bays (still a Noobie, with 6 outings now) I fish with Hook Up Baits... the saltwater equivalent of a Mini-Jig.   I've tried Hot Sauce, I've tried Unibutter and I've tried Hook Up Red (crustacean)

* Unibutter - too unruly to apply.... It may work, but I haven't figured out how to not get it everywhere, so I stopped using it after one-half of an outing

* Hot Sauce - loaner from JeffCPR my first outing... where I caught 5 halibut on HUBs.... A wee bit messy, but it seemed effective.  I will try it again soon.

* Hook Up Red - they get an A+++ for application ease and mess free fishing.  My usage has been coinciding with my getting better at this... so not a fair test.  

I have the ProCure some have recommended here - that's up for next outing.  I plan on doing a more thorough test in 3 weeks.  

I use scent.  Nearly always - not to attract a strike, but to motivate a second or third strike.

Your mileage may vary.  Smile

- K

4 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:31 am

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In the Northern Ca. lakes. It seems that trout always to take a liking to garlic sent on the worms. My buddy found a garlic sent in a spray can. The trout in Crowley and Bridgeport went nuts with the stuff.
When I came down from Oregon I always used the Pro Cure corn sent. That worked well in Irvine and the local stocked lakes.

5 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:22 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:In the Northern Ca. lakes. It seems that trout always to take a liking to garlic sent on the worms. My buddy found a garlic sent in a spray can. The trout in Crowley and Bridgeport went nuts with the stuff.
When I came down from Oregon I always used the Pro Cure corn sent. That worked well in Irvine and the local stocked lakes.

So the posing question is mthaubs:

"Do you think the scent adds to your fish count or are you just afraid to leave it off at this point"?

SP Dan <"))><


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6 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:15 pm

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For the Sierra's, I would always use a scent product. They seem to out fish regular bait.  I have seen it year after year.



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7 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:57 pm

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I believe it adds to my overall fish count. I think that with scent it can allow the fish to hold on just a little longer for a good hook set.


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8 Re: To Scent Or Not To Scent on Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:54 pm

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Amen...........

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