Underwater Scents That Attract & Repel Game Fish (Research Results)
Have you ever fished a spot for a few minutes without catching anything, then, all of a sudden, the bite just suddenly turned on?
Or have you ever wondered why someone on the boat seems to have the hot hand, while others aren’t catching anything?
It could be random, or luck, or…
It could be because of underwater smell tracks.
What’s a smell track, you ask?
Scientist and author Paul Johnson spent countless hours underwater studying which scents played a role in attracting (and repelling) fish.
He called these scents “Smell Tracks” and has separated them into three different categories:
- Negative (repel fish)
- Neutral (have no affect on fish)
- Positive (attract fish)
See, a fish’s sense of smell is thousands of times greater than that of a human and even the tiniest bit of scent can attract or repel fish.
So in the first scenario above, it might not have been that a school of fish just decided to turn up, but that it just took a while for a negative smell track to get washed off your lure.
And in the second scenario, it might be because one of the anglers has positive smell tracks on his line or lure, and the others have negative smell tracks.
In this episode, we’re talking all about smell tracks and how they can help, or hurt, your fish-catching abilities.
We’ll also identify what items fall under negative, neutral, and positive smell tracks.
There are some shocking (yet very common) things on all three of lists, so this episode is a must-listen.
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Underwater Smell Tracks
Below is the list of negative, neutral, and positive smell tracks from the book, The Scientific Angler, by Paul Johnson.
- L-serine (human skin oil)
- Petroleum and derivatives, including gas and motor oil
- Suntan lotions
- Bug repellents
- Chemical plasticizers added to soften plastics
- Perfumed soaps
- Alcoholic beverages
- Anise oil
- Natural vegetation (grass, leaves)
- Human urine
- Chlorinated water and treated septic water
- Soda pop and fruit juices
- Nonperfumed soap and biodegradable detergents
- Fish extracts, including herring oil
- Baitfish guts
- Fish slime*
- Natural bait (including juices from worms, frogs, crawdads, leeches, and maggots)
- Milk and some dairy products such as cheese
- Human saliva
*Fish slime can also become a negative deterrent if the slime originates from a species offensive to the target fish. E.g. the slime of a northern pike is a deterrent to many species.
Isn’t it crazy how the smallest things, like where you store your fishing line, or how much you touch your leader can affect how many fish you catch?
I know that we get really excited about the positive smell tracks, and they can definitely help you catch more fish, but even if you just avoid the negative smell tracks, you could totally transform your fishing game.
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