How to Make Soft Lures Scents


The 1980s saw the introduction of scents to soft plastic baits. Since that time, numerous baits featuring scents, as well as scent additives, have been added to the soft plastic market. From small, soft plastic maggots used for pan fish and trout to larger salt water grubs and strips, the use of scents helps attract fish in the water and mask the smell left behind from handling a soft plastic bait before fishing.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft plastic bait
  • Plastic zip-close bag
  • Vegetable oil
  • Anise oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Place soft plastic baits such as grubs, maggots, strips, worms, toads or crawfish in a plastic zip-close bag.

  • Add several drops of vegetable oil to the bag. Use only enough oil to lightly coat the soft plastic baits.

  • Add table salt to the bag and shake. Begin with a half-teaspoon of salt and add more to evenly coat the soft plastics with salt.

  • Add garlic oil to the soft plastics, a few drops at a time. Keep in mind that a little oil goes a long way. Place three or four drops of oil into the bag and shake to incorporate. Remove a soft plastic bait and evaluate the garlic scent to determine if more is needed.

  • Add anise oil to the soft plastics in the bag. Add no more than two or three drops because anise is very potent. Shake the bag to incorporate the oil and remove a bait to determine if more is needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add coffee, cheese, cod liver and other scents to the soft plastics.
  • Use scents individually or in combination to layer scents based on personal preference.

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