Does anybody know the truth about this?I hear all these stories about people spritzing it on to their lures for deep water still fishing or trolling.Did anybody you know ever try it succesfully? Or is this just one of those tales to make somebody look like a fool?
I've heard of it being done, if it works I would guess it would have to do w/ the oil coming off your lure or buck tail or fly, such as a chum slick right to your hook. If this is the case, I would think any fish oil even from a can of tuna would have the same effect. IMHO Good Luck & Tight lines, Joe
I have heard about using WD40 but have never tried it. I never used any attractant until last summer.LF uses White Diamonds hand lotion. I thought she was BSing me at first. After several outings where she severly outfished me I started watching what she was doing. After putting a live shrimp on her hook she rubbed the shrimp on the back of her hand. We were fishing for speckled trout in about 7 foot of water. When the count got to her 5, me 0 I asked her to rub my shrimp. I cast the line and the bait wasn't down 2 feet before a nice spec hit it. I continued to use her method that afternoon and had much better luck than ever before.A few days later I was telling a fisherman friend about it. He didn't believe it. He said we had just gotten into a school and the they were feeding. About 2 weeks later he pulled alongside our boat and anchored. LF was catching specs, sand trout & whiting on almost every cast. I was having my usual so-so luck not using her lotion. He made a comment about her catching the most fish. I told him "watch this" and had her rub my shrimp on her hand. First cast, immediate results, 20" Spec.He was using artificials and had probably thrown 30 times without a hit. As a joke he tossed his lure to our boat and asked LF to rub it on her hand. She did and returned the lure to him. His first cast was slammed almost as soon as it hit the water, 23" spec. The odd thing is that it doesn't seem to work if I put the lotion on my hands. It has to be on her hand. She has tried other lotions but none seem to work, only White Diamonds. Worst part is you have to buy a gift box with perfume and stuff to get the lotion. $60.00 a pop.
Heard again the other day that line that enforcement people will cite you if you put WD-40 on your lure because of the pollution. If that's the case, I should get a big ticket because my engines (I/O and kicker) put out more offensive stuff than a couple of drops of WD-40. I do lots of maintenance to minimize my pollution contribution, but internal combustion isn't perfect. They say that the solution to pollution is dilution, but that's not true! There are so many theories out there about fishing topics its unbelievable. Like the one that says fish won't bite a lure that has human scent on it. Maybe its true, but why doesn't the scent or whatever of a brown bear stop them cold when they are going upriver? The outdoor shows have included many instances of salmon swimming right up between bears legs. The water has got to be pretty well loaded with bear stuff. Maybe salmon are just picky about what they eat, not who eats them.
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, Canada
Re: wd40 as fish attractant
I've read that there is evidence that salmon are attracted to "aromatic hydrocarbons" which I would assume are in WD40. I used to work at fishing lodges along coastal British Columbia and seen folks who use WD40 do quite well. I don't know if it works but it sure doesn't seem to do any harm!
i watched a video made by charlie white back in the 70's and he had an underwater camera that he used to watch the salmon check out or strike his lure...the best lure he used was the one "accidentally" dropped in the bilge before it went on the line!!