There has been a debate going on for decades about the effects of scents and flavorings in soft baits. Anglers are on the fence about whether or not flavorings actually have a purpose. Regardless of what you do, it is agreed that if you sell soft baits commercially that it is almost impossible to sell if it isn’t scented, flavored, salted, or oiled. For that exact reason, we will be exploring what happens when you add these products to your soft baits.
Scents and Flavorings for Your Soft Baits
A scent is, according to tackle guru Ken Schultz “an aromatic substance applied to or made part of artificial lures.”Scents are meant to attract fish and to make it easier for the fish to locate in the water. The catfish, however, is an exception because they prefer the smelly types of baits. Additionally most freshwater fish don’t rely too heavily on their sense of smell to locate their food. Consequently, in saltwater where chumming is quite common it is not necessary to use scented baits. Despite the reasons listed, there are still many benefits to using scents and flavorings with your lures.
Scents can also be beneficial to cover up stinky human spells that would normally repel fish, such as: bug spray, tobacco, and natural human odors. Fish have the tendency to hang on to bait longer if they are scented. This gives you more time to fell the strike and set the fish on the hook.
Manufacturers now use worm oils to increase the market value of worms for commercial purchasing. An interesting fact about worm oil is that it was not traditionally used to scent baits; it used to be used to lubricate the products in their bags. There is a tendency for soft baits to stick together, dry out, or bleed colors when they are in their packaging. The use of worm oils in packaging now gives the soft baits a longer shelf life and minimizes these effects.
On a side note, Gene Larew received a patent on salt-impregnated lures. However, he has successfully sued and defended his product in court cases. For your own benefit, please keep in mind to be sure to review the applicable patent laws before making your salt lures for commercial use.