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Friday, August 24, 2007

• Review: Kick n Bass Scent

Kick n Bass is a fish oil based scent/attractant that comes in three flavors. I purchased the garlic and crawfish scents, but they also make anise shad.

This stuff smells strong. It takes a bit of work getting it off of your hands. The smell stays on anything for a long time. Applying Kick n Bass to lures is not easy given the type of bottle. It's an oily liquid, not a paste. If you leave the plastic red insert inside between use, the bottle is less likely to leak. Otherwise, if the bottle ends up on the side, you might end up with a mess. Soaking in a plastic bag is a great idea, but somehow the odor comes through the sides. I'm not sure if there is condensation or if the oil goes through the bag, but I noticed an oily fishy residue on the counter the morning after.

I honestly haven't used Kick n Bass much. I still have plenty left in my first two bottles. I bought the garlic and crawfish scents. I've used it on jig trailers, a few soft plastics, a swimblade, and on one crankbait. In one case, I used a piece of cotton ball stuffed inside of a Lake Fork Craw. I've also sprayed some out into the water beside the boat and along the pier. The swimblade caught fewer and the white parts of the skirt were permanently stained.

What have I learned?

Use on hardbaits gets sticky and didn't make any noticeable difference. Overnight soaking of some plastics also showed no significant change. The Lake Fork Craw has a hole at the front large enough to shove a Kick n Bass soaked piece of cotton down in. A Texas rigged hook is enough to keep the cotton in place. I immediately got strikes on this lure with the added scent. The thing is, Lake Fork lures usually reek of garlic. Why the added scent drew more strikes is beyond me. I'm not fully into jigs just yet and it's a good idea to use a scent when fishing them, so this may be the only case where I will use Kick n Bass in the future aside from the cotton inserted into a Lake Fork Craw.

Squirting it into the water by the pier produced some interesting results. We've been feeding minnows, bluegill, bass, catfish, and turtles pieces of bread, pancake, waffles, and similar stuff for a while now. Here's what happened with Kick n Bass by itself. The minnows came in first. After that, the sunfish and small bass followed and the catfish came last. I don't know whether the sunfish, bass, and catfish all came because they saw the minnows in a feeding mode or if they also were attracted by the scent. It's anyone's guess. It did not draw in fish like this in open water by the boat or at least none that would bite. I have heard of people putting scents in spray bottles, although some scents clog up the tubes and the spray cap. I'm not sure if Kick n Bass works that way. That experience goes against the notion that scents are just good for covering up our human stink and other scents on lures that deter bass. Whether or not bass hold onto lures longer is still up in the air.

I now store this stuff with the red cap placed back in the bottle and both bottles wrapped up in paper towels just in case it leaks out. I also keep them in their own box.

I've heard a lot of good things about Mega Strike, so if I can get my hands on some, I will try that.

I'd also like to note that even though it's a fishy oil, the family cat doesn't like the smell.