6 Reasons Why Fishing Baits Are Garlic Scented

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The Allure of Garlic-Infused Fishing Baits: A Deep Dive

Fishing is an age-old pastime that has evolved over the years, with anglers always on the lookout for new techniques and tools to give them an edge. One such innovation that has gained popularity in recent times is the use of garlic-infused fishing baits. But why garlic? What makes this pungent herb a favorite among fishing enthusiasts? Let's dive in and find out.

Fun fact: A Fish's sense of smell is 1,000x stronger than a dogs sense of smell! How does this apply to me? Well buckle up, were diving into it. A dogs sense of smell is 10,000-100,000x stronger than a humans sense of smell! So, with that said, that means that a fish's sense of smell is approximately 10,000,000-100,000,000x stronger that humans!

Color selection can also play a huge roll in your fishing. So paying attention to the weather, water color and scent can really take your fishing game to the next level. 

So this is why garlic can help attract fish, but also mask the smells we have from touching things in the boat to eating a bag of Doritos while fishing. Now, lets dive into the 6 benefits of fishing baits scented or infused with garlic. 

1. The Power of Scent in Fishing

Before we delve into the specifics of garlic, it's essential to understand the role scent plays in fishing. Fish have a highly developed sense of smell, which they use to locate food, avoid predators, and communicate with other fish. By introducing a strong and distinct scent like garlic into the water, anglers can attract fish from a distance, increasing their chances of making a catch.

That's why lots of different bait companies use garlic as an attractant on their lures and soft baits. It's also one of the most common scent sprays out there. But it's for you to test, try running two poles, or if there are two of you fishing, maybe have one with garlic scented bait and one without and see who catches more, or gets more bites. 

Not only that, garlic can help to mask the taste of the soft plastics used for soft baits which will get the fish to hold on longer allowing you to set that hook and get that personal best fish in. 

2. Garlic's Natural Appeal

Garlic has a unique and potent aroma that stands out in the aquatic environment. Many freshwater fish, including bass, trout, and catfish, are naturally attracted to the scent of garlic. This attraction is believed to be due to the compounds found in garlic, which mimic the smell of certain prey or food sources in the water.

Don't take our word for it, go to your local fish store and ask how they get finicky fish to eat that wont eat. They will even tell you that they use a potent garlic liquid drop that you apply to the food and it will get any stubborn fish in your tank to eat. Garlic is also common to help boost the immune system of fish in your tank, but that's for another discussion. 

3. Masking Human Odors

Every angler knows the importance of being stealthy and not alerting fish to their presence. Human hands can transfer unwanted scents to fishing baits, potentially deterring fish. Garlic-infused baits help mask these human odors, ensuring that the bait remains appealing to the fish.

Like discussed earlier, fish have a very strong sense of smell can smell our scent that we give off. By that I mean, did you use lotion today, did you wash your hands with soap or wipe your hands with a baby wipe, did you rub gel through your hair. There are so many different scents that we can pick up and transfer and is why its good to mask it with the strong sent of garlic. 

Not only are you trying to mask the smells of humans, but where do you store your tackle box? In the garage next to your mower that gives off a strong gas and grass smell? Or were you spraying bug spray or sun screen when you first got to the lake? All of this can be picked up by a fish and is why having the right scent, garlic, can be a game changer in your fishing. 

4. Long-Lasting Scent

Garlic's strong aroma is not just potent but also long-lasting. When infused into baits, the scent lingers in the water for extended periods, creating a scent trail that fish can follow. This prolonged scent trail can be especially beneficial in murky waters or during times when fish are less active.

If you are using the garlic sprays on your soft baits, remember that the normal sprays will wash off in about two casts, so you will want to keep reapplying it to your bait. If you don't have a garlic infused bait and you don't want to keep reapplying, you can try using the sticky gels that have become popular. These sticky garlic gels tend to stay on the lure much longer and don't need to be re-applied as often. 

Pro tip: If you are fishing with a tube jig, try putting the scent up in the skirt of the tube jig to get it to last longer. With paddle tails, make sure to apply it to the ribbed part of the paddle tail to get it to last longer.

5. Versatility in Application

Garlic-infused baits come in various forms, from soft plastics to hard lures. This versatility allows anglers to use garlic-scented baits in different fishing scenarios, whether they're fishing in deep waters, shallow areas, or targeting specific species.

If your bait doesn't come in garlic scent, not problem, you can pick up a garlic spray or gel to apply to the lures yourself. This will help to mask any negative scents that may be on the lure or from the lure. Remember, do you don't have to go crazy with it, apply enough to mask the scent, garlic is strong. 

6. A Natural Alternative

With growing concerns about the environmental impact of fishing, many anglers are looking for sustainable and eco-friendly bait options. Garlic, being a natural ingredient, offers a green alternative to chemical attractants. It's biodegradable and doesn't introduce harmful substances into the water.

Not only that, garlic is used to help boost the immune system in sick aquarium fish because of the good benefits it has on their immune system. 

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The use of garlic-infused fishing baits is more than just a trend; it's a testament to the continuous evolution of fishing techniques. By harnessing the power of garlic's unique aroma, anglers can enhance their fishing experience and increase their chances of landing that prized catch. So, the next time you're preparing for a fishing trip, consider adding some garlic-scented baits to your tackle box. The fish might just find them irresistible!