Fishing lures and baits can work good on their own, but can work better with some added fish attractant added. The main reason we add fish attractant to artificial lures and baits is to mask human scent. Fish can be sensitive to what you get on your hands, or in your tackle box or tackle bag, and transfer to your lure or bait. Especially if you have bananas in your boat! (for those that believe in old superstitions). Most fishing attractants have some sort of oil base and there are literally hundreds of types of added scents to choose from. Some of the most popular brands are hard to get off of your favorite lures, and the scent stays on you all day. They do work, but they are hard to get off of everything and you come home stinking like a rotten bait factory. For me, I prefer the lighter scents, and easier to get off of my gear and myself. That is one reason that I prefer the Berkley Powerbait Fish Attractants, but the second reason is that it works! I was turned on to the Trout scent from Berkley Powerbait when I was fishing at Lake Amador as a teenager. There was a man and his wife fishing next to me, and they both caught limits. I did what every angler does when they see someone catching fish, and your not having any luck, and see what they are doing differently. I switch to the same bait, switched to the length leader to try to get my bait in what they found as the zone. I talked to them and they verified what I thought they were using, and they were very friendly gave me some pointers. I tried for a few more hours with no luck. Nobody else around us were catching any fish, which was abnormal at Lake Amador at that time of year. As they were leaving, the couple came over to me to wish me luck and the guy leaned down close to me and handed me a small bottle of Berkley Powerbait Fish Attractant in the Trout scent, and he apologized for not telling me his secret weapon sooner. He let me keep it as they were heading home for the day. Only a few minutes after putting on the trout scent, they got to watch me reel in a five pound rainbow trout from the top of the hill, and they gave me a thumbs up. That was a day that I remember like it was yesterday, though it was about thirty years ago. Not only did I catch a nice sized planter trout, I caught a memory that will last a lifetime about a couple of great people that gave me their secret weapon, their Berkley Powerbait Trout Scent. I still use that scent to this day, and when I forget to use it, I don’t catch as many fish until I remember to put it on. Because of how much it touched me that they did this for me, I always make it a point to share the experience with others. If I see someone not catching fish, I always offer up my secret weapon, to return the favor that the couple did for me so long ago. Berkley Powerbait Fish Attractant comes in many scents, it is water soluble, and washes off your hands and clothes easily. It comes in both 2oz and 8oz sizes. They have scents for catfish, trout, bass, walleye, crappie and panfish. It’s thick enough to stay on your bait or lure, but not too thick to make it hard to clean off. It enhances ordinary lures or live bait with PowerBait scent and flavor that Powerbait is known for, in a water-soluble liquid attractant. This is my number one brand by choice for all of my lake and large pond fishing. If you are targeting stripers, sturgeon, steelhead, or salmon in the delta or river system, or landlocked salmon in the lakes, I switch my approach and brand entirely. My top pick then becomes Pro-Cure, which I will mention in a minute. Smelly Jelly Fish and Crab Attractant•Smelly Jelly Pro Guide Formula•Smelly Jelly Crab Attractant•Smelly Jelly Fish Attractant•Smelly Jelly Sticky LiquidPro-Cure Bait Fish Formula Super Gel If I am targeting landlocked kings, coho, or kokanee, or if I am fishing in the delta or larger rivers for stripers, sturgeon, salmon, or steelhead, I have to change my approach to use a stronger scented, thicker fish attractant that can withstand the currents in the delta and river system. This tougher water requires a different level of fish attractant. I have found that with Pro-Cure fish attractants. One of the more popular brands that most people use, which is my favorite when fishing on the delta, is the Pro-Cure Fish Attractant Scents. They have a huge line of targeted scents. This one is a bit thicker, and harder to get off, but it stays on better than most other attractants in the currents found in the delta with the tides and water flow. The water is quite stained in most places, so the extra thick scents that will stay on cast after cast is the way to go. The Pro-Cure Bait Fish Formula Super Gel, for example, is made from one hundred percent real baits, is UV enhanced, and packed with amino acids to entice more fish to bite. Pro-Cure Fish Attractant and Oils•Pro-Cure Addicted Oil or Gel•Pro-Cure Brine N Bite Complete Natural Bait Scent•Pro-Cure Water Soluble Bait Oil•Pro-Cure Super SauceMike’s Lunker Lotion and Glo Scents•Atlas Mike’s Glo Scents•Mike’s Extra Strength UV Gel Scents•Mike’s Lunker Lotion•Atlas Mike’s Brite & Tight HerringBerkley Powerbait and Gulp Fish Attractants•Berkley Powerbait Attractant•Berkley Gulp! Alive! Fish Attractant Recharger•Berkley Gulp! Alive Freshwater Spray Attactrant•Berkley Gulp! Alive Saltwater Spray AttractantDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. 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