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Could someone tell a fella about their experience with using WD-40 as an attractant?  I have used it with trout on corn, and am curious if it will extend into the realm of bass fishing and/or what other fishing applications this automotive attractant can facilitate.  

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J, that's wild I never thought of using simple house hold items as attractants.  

Makes you wonder if other all purpose house hold items will attract fish...  Duct tape (??), it works for everything else.  

I've been wondering if people make their own scents, and if they are closley guarded or openly shared.  J, I am trying to add to your question not take from it.  Hope you dont mind that.

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NATURAL  yes  you  can make your own = vegtable oil  and garlic cloves.For my  question does  wd-40 hurt the fish in any way  ive herd about useing it  but the thought of it is nasty. Does  any one know  if  it  hurts fish  in any way  not that  ide use it  just wondering ??

jdfisher

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I've heard of people using WD-40 but it has to pollute at least a bit. I can't see it being a safe choice for the environment. But yes it does work.

And you can make your own scents like JD Fisher said, you can also make them water based so they don't float to the surface and spread through the water column. Personally I like boiling garlic salt and Kool-Aid.  The oil based ones like JD mentioned stay on your bait longer though.

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I don't know about using it as an attractant, but I can say that regardless of what the reel manufacturers say, you can use it virtually without limit as an external lubricant.  

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Don't know if I've posted this story here or not, but one of the guys in my fishing club uses Preparation H on his soft plastic baits -- he says it keeps them from drying out and "leaves a slime trail in the water".  

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That guy with the prep H has got to be taking some teasing, like where is he storing his bait? Do you use a tackle box? Sorry, couldn't resist.

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I would figure with WD-40 being petroleum based it is in effect the same as dipping your bait into some 10w-30 havoline and then fishing it.

If you look at the real fish attractants out there they are water based or like vegtable oil or something that is safe for the environment.

Spray WD-40 on the water and watch it. Then take a drop of motor oil and drop it in the water. Looks very similar.

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Please to all  who  chose to use  wd-40 read the can  it is a posion - the human race  dumps enough junk into the water as it is !  NO MORE PLEASE

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While it's true some people say adding WD-40 or Preparation H to lures and bait brings added success. The explanation is that both contain shark oil, which attracts fish. The manufacturer of WD-40 says that shark oil is not an ingredient in the product, but the manufacturer of Preparation H states that their product contains 3 percent shark liver oil. Both said that they had heard of these angling secrets, but do not recommend using their products in such a manner.

Besides, as previously mentioned, introducing a commercial lubricant, such as WD-40 or any petroleum-based substance, in our waterways is illegal.

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Garlic salt and kool-ade? Could someone give me the specifics on that? Never heard of that but would like to try it. Gives me the winter to play mixology...

Thanks all,

Snag

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LOL @ Snag!!  I was thinking something along those lines too.  I dont think I could in good conscience use WD-40 because it's not just about catching fish but the entire experience.  Though I am not above koolaid!

Maybe we need a "share your sent recipe thread"  any takers.  I think I am going to be banned from creating new threads soon.  ;)

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Snag, it's as simple as it sounds!  ;D

Get a pot of water boiling on your stove, and add as much garlic salt as you want to the mix. I also add regular salt.. dunno if it does anything but couldn't hurt. Then I add a package or two of Kool-Aid, depending how much there is. Then just stir til it's all dissolved (and your house stinks like you work on a garlic farm, lol). Let it cool and put it in a spray bottle. I've been using it for a while and it seems to work pretty good. I also put fresh garlic cloves in the blender and made a paste which was deadly!

I thought of doing this for bass because for years I have boiled corn in Kool-Aid/Salt for carp. I figured the scent seems powerful enough that it might work for bass too. Added some garlic and it works great, and it's cheap!

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I have also heard of the kool-aid mixture being used. Except the guy would fish for catfish. His mixture would consist of kool-aid, garlic, and salt. After he would mix it togethor he would cut some hotdogs up and throw them into the mixture. After 2 weeks of letting it sit in his backyard in the middle of summer he would wrap the hotdog in bacon and head out fishing. He seemed kind of crazy though, he would tell me stories about catching the lakes geeze with corn, and then eating them.

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Thanks Rich, I'm going to try this. I'm sure "She" will be pleased lol... I hope she dosen't think I'm cooking. That could be bad.........or? ? ? ? ? ? ? hummmmm, na, I couldn't do that to her...There ya go all, don't put oil based products in the water, try this. Bass fishermen and tournaments get enough bad publicity with out people getting wind of that too. Let's keep things as natural as we can.

Basst of luck all, think spring.

Snag

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Maybe we need to start a Betty Crocker "Best Bass Recipe" book......lol Just remember, keep the scent, release the bass.

Snag

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why would you be as stupid as too spray poisons on your lures? stuff like that makes me real mad, I was fishin the other day and someone come up beside me and threw a dr pepper bottle in the water. Ive worked hard on that pond, i got fresh water flowing back to it and ive cleaned trash out of it. dont use poisons on your lures..

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Well, first off:  

Stickling and others who have found this practice offensive, please accept my appologies to you (I am also fully aware I do not need to appologize to you but to mother nature so, see this as a start).  I am not looking to cause trouble or stir up not-so-good emotions.  I will rethink my position on using these "attractants" and opt for some of the more colorful ones posted here.  After I am done here, I shall create a new Post for recipes, however I am not sure whether to post it here or in "Equipment".

Secondly,

thank you all for answering my question, whether you were "yah" or "nah".  

And thirdly,

Glenn, your post made me get to thinking...

what is the likely-hood that all of the shark attack victims have hemmeroids or at least, a large percent of them and, should I ever aquire the hemmeroidal problems afore mentioned, remind me not to go swimming.  

Good night all.

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however I am not sure whether to post it here or in "Equipment".

Here is fine.

If they didn't have hemorrhoids before the attack, they certainly did afterwards!  :o

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I often use WD-40 to treat severe arthritic pain on my old worn out body. But I would never use it on something of value like a gun or a reel, nor would I use it to attract fish. :P

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Using WD-40 is a horrible thing to use in the water and for the fish. There is no need to use motor oil when there are so many other attrachtants you could buy or make.

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