Learn how and when to use fishing scents in this video.
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Hey, what's up, guys? Nick the Informative Fisherman, here on behalf of Lucky Tackle Box, breaking down bait scent for you today with some Liquid Mayhem.
Now, all too often in this industry, I hear guys saying, "Oh, I don't use bait scent," and "I don't know when to use it or when to apply it." Then you have other guys who are all about it. And I think you have the bait scent guys and the non-bait scent guys, and no one trying to really make sense out of it in the middle somewhere, so let me explain a few things that I like to do in regards to when I put bait scent on a product, how I go about selecting a bait scent, and what I'm looking for in regards to that particular bait scent before placing it on my pricier lures.
So, a lot of the lures that I like to put bait scent on are slower-moving lures or dead-action lures. And when I say dead-action, like a worm or something you pitch out there and it's falling and they just grab it on the deadfall. It's moving extremely slow. They move up to it, examine it a lot of the time before they eat it, just like a jig. This is a perfect product to add bait scent to. The jig works really good, little tiny ball head jigs work really good.
And there's an exception to that. Lures that draw fish in, lures that tend to have fish tracking them, jerk baits, swim baits, fish track them often and you pause them. And a lot of the time on that pause, or they've been following it for quite a while, bait scent can play a huge effect in that game.
Big swim baits, nine times out of ten, I'm putting a little bit of bait scent on them. And it's not only for them smelling it and tracking it... And yeah, that could make the difference on one out of 10, or one out of 20 fish that are attracted to eat it, but if that's...that can make the difference of $20,000, $30,000 depending on the level of tournament you're fishing. Or if not, you're getting one over on your buddies doing it either way. But adding that scent can help them execute a lot of the time by adding bait scent for something like a jig here. That's what I'm fishing today.
Just having that extra bait scent on there, if they pick it up and they knock slack into your line, you don't detect it, or if you drag it off a rock and it falls, a lot of the time they're gonna hang on those few extra seconds, even a minute or two, and let you know they have it. Or they're gonna put it down on their chokers a little bit deeper instead of holding on the front of their mouth. It's gonna give them that confidence that "This is a real bait. I'm gonna hold on to this longer and I'm really gonna chomp it down." So, that's usually when I use bait scent.
Now, usually when I'm choosing a bait scent, I like it to be more of like a jelly type of texture, and the reason for this is if I have a hard bait and it's liquid, it's gonna come off in just a few cast, maybe if not the first cast.
Now, what Liquid Mayhem has decided to say here is, it's good for 30 casts. And they're right. It's probably good for more than 30 casts. Thirty casts, 30 minutes, however you want to do it. If you're making a patient cast, it's probably gonna stay on there. The reason for that gel on there, is I can now kinda just rub it in to my bait, even in there. It's a nice, little, red texture here. And this is the garlic crawfish. I want to say something about this. Yes, this is a swimbait right here. I would choose more of a bait fish or a trout scent to match up the particular bait I'm using. I'm using this on my crawfish imitations today, my jigs, my ball head with a little miniature crawfish on there, and I do have that crawdad scent. So I am, in theory, matching the correct scent because Liquid Mayhem uses real bait.
These aren't artificial flavors. This is made out of crawfish, right here. And it has UV enhance. In case you don't know what that means, UV enhancement means it's a lot easier for the fish to see it with ultraviolet reflection. The sun puts off UV-A radiation which reflects off of UV enhanced products, so it makes your bait a lot easier to see. It could add flash to a dull target and it'll get those fish's attention from a little bit farther away. But that being said, for a trout bait right here, I would strictly use probably more of a trout or a bait fish type of scent instead of crawfish. But this is what I'm using in this bait, for example. As you can see, just by rubbing it on here, it's holding in there just fine.
It's not gonna run off. I will dip my expensive bait, hopefully not let it fall, and you look right back at it right there, it looks identical. So when they're tracking that, they're gonna smell it. When they grab it, they're gonna taste that it's real and they're gonna choke it down a little bit deeper and you're gonna land more fish.
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A lot of the time, a multi-segmented swim bait can get the job done. You don't need to deflect if off of anything to draw fish. It looks natural. It's coming through the middle of the water column. It looks like what they eat.