So what attracts fish or game and what do we use ?
Natural baits, dead or live, inherently have scent and flavor, but you can improve your chances here as well. Captain Sonny Aylesworth, a legendary tarpon guide from the west coast of Florida, would soak his dead baits in menhaden oil and anise oil before heading to his favorite spots. Before hooking the live pogy, mullet, ladyfish or whatever bait he was using, he would inject anise oil into the flesh, just under the skin. He claimed to get more strikes this way and never varied from this formula.
Menhaden oil is a tried and true fish attractant. Ask any professional kingfish tournament fisherman. Use it in a dispersion system such as a dripper bag or supercharge your chum mix. Used in both recreational and commercial applications. Commercial yellowtail snapper fishermen in the keys mix batches of ground chum, oats, menhaden oil and sand. The sand allows the mix to act as a weight and will also carry the oil down through the water column. As the sandball breaks up, the oil moves upward for better dispersion creating that desired “slick” that drives the fish to your bait. The trick is to attract the baitfish that that your target fish forage on. There is always something feeding on a bait school.
Try menhaden oil when hunting big game. Some states allow baiting for wild boar since they are feral and compete with native species. Just pour a little around their favorite forage areas and you won't believe the results!
Quality menhaden oil should always contain fat. The fat carries the most potent scent. Beware of menhaden oils that claim their refined oil is desirable. It is not. “Bottom” or “crude” menhaden oil is hard to find as most producers prefer to refine their oil to be used in cosmetics, feeds and even food as this is more profitable. BAITMASTERS Menhaden Oil is consistently produced in crude form and contains a superior quantity of natural fat.
Capt Van's MAGIC FISH'N CHUM is brewed by one of the Florida West Coast’s top live bait fishing guides, Captain Van Hubbard of Placida, Florida, Let's Go Fishin' . This secret mixture requires no refrigeration, won’t stink in storage, attracts all types of fish (especially bait fish) and comes in a convenient resealable tub. Exclusively distributed by Aylesworth's FISH & BAIT, this is one of the cleanest, most convenient chums on the market!
BAITMASTERS Pure Anise Oil is available in ½ oz. bottles with eye dropper attached
BAITMASTERS Menhaden Oil sold in 1 pint squirt bottles and 1 gallon jugs
Capt Van's MAGIC FISH'N CHUM is available in 1 pund and 4 pound tubs, 30 pound buckets.
Voodoo Offshore Menhaden Milk available in quarts and gallons
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St. Petersburg, FL 33712 USA