Over the years, devoted to fishing, I have not once faced with various attractants when catching a predator. So I decided to share my experience. Of course, and for ordinary bait without a smell of fish caught, but all kinds of attractants periodically help out, especially when catching perch.
The first flavors and attractants have appeared for catching "white" fish. It was with the addition of vanillin, anise, salt, hemp and the history of attractants began. Karp fishing has given a new impetus in this direction. Add to the boilies absolutely everything that not only smells, but also stinks decently. I've heard about the additives of detergents in boilies. Then the turn came and to spinning the predator.
If more recently, "edible rubber" was perceived as something exotic and, one might say, alien, now it has firmly come into use spinning. As, in general, and attractants, but they are discussed much less. In the case of silicone - this is largely logical, since the already established dominance of "edible" significantly reduces the need to experiment with smells.
About seven years ago, when everywhere there was a whole "foam rubber" boom, I also decided to experiment with foam rubber. Among the advantages over silicone, I saw the opportunity to impregnate it with all kinds of attractants (which I still did not really believe). Honestly, the tests of the time I was not very impressed, and I abandoned the case.
But one case made me reconsider my attitude to attractants. On one of the fishing trips, the comrade had several "outs" of the pike for wobblers, especially popular then Yo-Zuri Hardkore. But the exits were blank. Agree these phenomena are quite offensive. But my friend surprised me by taking out a jar of ordinary fish oil and slightly smeared them with wobblers.
To be honest, I was rather skeptical. And suddenly I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that literally through a couple of casts the pike quite confidently grabbed the bait and was safely delivered ashore. Naturally, I became interested and asked in detail the comrade about the application of such an "attractant".
To my surprise, he often used fish oil as an additional attraction of fish. As it turned out, then, from his own practice, he really has a positive effect on underwater inhabitants. The fish "takes" more confidently and greedily. This especially applies to perch and bass.
In principle, a lot of attractants, especially of a dense consistency, are created on the basis of fish oil.
The first I bought an attractant for catching a predator was already forgotten now Ultrabite. His appearance on the shelves of stores was accompanied by a rather massive advertising, which was then quite new for the market of fishing tackle. Advertising claimed the application when creating this attractant of super complex and expensive, almost "space" technology.
Particular attention was paid to the use of so-called pheromones, which are chemical substances produced by the endocrine glands, designed to attract fish. And, so, that the fish literally had to jump out of the water. It's clear that this is advertising. But still I got one ampoule or a pike-perch, or a pike attractant, I do not remember exactly. Personally, when catching a predator, he did not show any results at all, the difference in the biting, that with him, that without him I did not notice. The result of its application sometimes seemed even negative. But what was very noticeable was the "fragrance" that came from the bubble.
He was scared. I think this is one of the factors that influenced his rapidly dying popularity among spinners. For example, one of my friends had the imprudence of accidentally pouring one tube of Ultrabite in the car. The box for baits went to scrap immediately, and the car had to "dry-clean" three times to get rid of not the most pleasant smell in it. In general, I quickly abandoned attempts to use this attractant for a predator.
I counted the experiment with its use as unsuccessful. But he quite unexpectedly showed himself otherwise. Somehow, with a relatively long family visit, I wanted to catch on a conventional fishing rod. But with a nozzle in the hot July weather was pretty bad. And then the father decided to try to lubricate the worm, by chance taken with him Ultrabite. And the effect of this use of a clearly "predatory" attractant was, one might even say, stunning and unusual. Just like in ad units, the biting has increased at times.
This then I already learned that among fans of catching "white" fish Ultrabite is quite popular. Later, I came across the fact that this attractant was in high demand in carp fishing and in fishing for white fish in connection with its very good results. And, it was absolutely not important what it is - for carp, pike perch or pike. Then, when in one familiar store was the last batch of Ultrabite, it was bought in a few days just for carp fishing. And now he periodically appears in some stores.
Attractor Berkley Valley
The next, caught in my hands attractant was also a liquid, and also very "fragrant" Berkley Valley, bought by the father at a fishing exhibition. I found it uncomfortable because of the large package, which is not quite convenient for fishing. In addition, he, even when in a closed state, if he changes his location to "lying down", then a little, but still leaks.
And the smell of it, as already written above, frankly, does not smell of roses or lilacs. Despite the inscription on the packaging, that it costs to be applied to the bait every 5-10 casts, it is better to use it somewhat differently. Moreover, with such use of any positive result, I did not notice, except the foul-smelling hands after applying the attractant to the bait.
You need some dense and necessarily sealed capacity, where you should pour a little attractant and put some soft bait. Naturally, sorted by colors so that they are not repainted. If the bait is not equipped, that is without hooks, then an ordinary zip package, but necessarily dense, will do. To do this, it is desirable to get rid of the smell of rubber emanating from silicone, especially cheap ones.
Yes and silicone grease will interfere with the quality impregnation. But more on this later. The action of the attractant Berkley Valley, I would characterize positively, considering that it was not used for catching pike perch. It showed very good results when catching pike and chub in the cold water season - in winter and early spring. And Berkley Valley was bought only because there was no other.
The next attractant, who was on my way, was Yum, about which there were some ambiguous impressions. First, a very fluid consistency, because of what it is not very convenient to use. The smell from him, too, is not very pleasant. By the way, many people are familiar with the silicone of this brand.
On the packaging with silicone and on the bubble with the attractant is the abbreviation LPT, which is designed to give amazing results of biting, but I did not notice anything extraordinarily extraordinary. Although a certain increase in bites was, so, in general, the attractant is a worker.
And its most significant drawback is the liquid consistency. By the way, there are special Yum sinker bullets on sale, the coating of which is made of porous rubber, just for the use of an attractant, a small amount of which goes in the kit.
Attractant Sensas Perch
Among the attractants who visited my arsenal at the time, a spray from the French company Sensas Perch, intended for perch, was positively noted. In the assortment there are other "predatory" variants, pike and pike-perch. But I preferred for perch. Because he's still good at catching bass.
I then thought and I also think that such attractants are still more relevant for catching a perch. Despite the fact that it is a spray, it is quite convenient to use and the smell is well kept on silicone. And the most positive result was shown in the warm season.
Despite the fact that the company Sensas more specializes in float and feeder products, it is original to see in its "ranks" "predatory" attractants. By the way, the attractant Sensas Perch proved to be not bad.
I also used another very cheap spray attractant, if I'm not mistaken from Jaxon or another company, but of the same origin. Honestly, on the shelves of shops I saw him last time a few years ago and the name has already forgotten. But about any effect I will not say, did not notice.
In my opinion, the most convenient "gel", based on fish oil attractants. At least because they do not flow. Among such "stinking" well behaved Polish Trapper. Among the advantages - a fairly affordable price and convenient, in the form of a small tube of toothpaste packaging.
There were several variants of smells and colors. It's good enough to stick to the bait. But I did not notice any super result, although the quantitative improvement of the bites definitely takes place. Do not recommend to be used with really cold water. The application of it in winter will affect rather negatively than positively.
Attractant Mega Strike
The last in the list will be the sensational American Mega Strike, whose advertising campaign on massiveness surpassed the exception that Ultrabaite, mentioned above. Before he massively appeared on the shelves of stores, literally there were legends about him, and the price sometimes just went off scale. And now rumors persist that the store MegaStrike is not the one that was in the beginning.
But, since I happened to use the usual "shop", then it will be discussed. Recently, a certain variety appeared in the assortment. In addition to the usual for bass, appeared with the smell of shrimp, garlic and pike. In such a European orientation is felt, based on the name (Pike, and not the "American" pike Musky). He, too, is pleased with the convenient packaging. Like a tube of toothpaste, though it is too big.
Gel consistency and a fairly persistent smell go to him in a plus. Another positive thing is that the smell is not very harsh, does not cause vomiting reflexes when opening the tube, like the same Ultrabite. But on it I do not presume to assert about the miraculous effect on fishing. Again, I would not recommend using it in the cold season, because it gives too much concentration, which will rather scare away the fish than to attract.
In addition to all that you can buy in fishing stores, you can experiment yourself and create smells based on normal fish oil. Here you can use the full flight of fantasy. I have some experiments in this regard, but I will not talk about them yet, since they are not fully tested. By the way, I know cases of using even red caviar as an attractant. By the way, good results can be from the bait smeared in the mucus of freshly caught pike. However, sometimes there are problems.
There are some points that I would like to voice. In principle, any attractant can simply be applied to silicone, wobblers, spoon-bait and foam rubber. But, so it turned out, attractants are most often used when catching silicone. To make it better to stick to the bait, there are a couple of tricks that not everyone knows about.
For better retention of odors on "rubber", it is desirable to remove silicone grease from it. Silicone can simply be rinsed in warm water, but it is better to dip it into boiling water or boil a little, it will become even softer. Some colors from this operation may become slightly paler, but more often than not it is not so important. From such a "cooked" silicone, you can make self-impregnation, that is, silicone impregnated with an attractant.
In a dense container pour or squeeze out the attractant, depending on the consistency. Put silicone and mix thoroughly. Literally in a day you can use. In order to attract the attractant better on the bait, you can make small incisions or just rub a little with sandpaper. Then any attractant will linger on the bait for much longer.
There are a couple of other ways. For example, on the hook, put a small piece of foam or felt in front of the jig head and impregnate it with an attractant. But this option is not quite convenient for the hinged method of installation. Therefore, you need to make a punching hole through holes in the silicone, where you can insert the impregnated piece of foam.
It is believed that the scent of the attractant should smell something familiar and familiar to fish that live in water bodies, where we are going to catch it. As for me, this statement is somewhat contradictory. Given that the same Mega Strike I had for bass fishing, and caught on it well and pike and pike perch. It is for him the most positive feedback.
Although it appeared before other modifications and on it the most complete statistics. But, I caught on him a pike where there is no bass at all. And other attractants often smell, for example, shrimp or better, octopus. With them, I also did not come across in our reservoirs. And a little bit more information about Mega Strike. In my arsenal there was still a garlic version of it. So far, there are few statistics and to draw serious conclusions early, but when catching a perch he showed himself positively.
By the way, strangely enough, sometimes attractants can help out and are intended for catching "white" fish. In this direction, I have not so often and tried a lot, but several times I was pleasantly surprised. The most common anise spray can help out when catching predatory fish. Yes and branded "edible rubber" often smells of anise. It's like food for thought.