For more than twenty years of trolling on Lake Ontario, I have used WD40 successfully on lures off both downriggers and planer boards. I have lost count of the hundreds of salmon, steelhead and brown trout that have fallen for this unusual fish attractant. And, I am sure it's the WD40, as on numerous occasions, we've trolled the same areas as other anglers, using the very same lures, and our "secret weapon" has allowed us to outfish the others time and time again.
Never quite sure exactly WHY it worked so well, but it did!! And you just don't argue with success. We'd spritz every lure before it went overboard, and again on every reset. I'm sure that most of it washed off quickly, but, maybe it's the odor trail it left that produced our success. Or, maybe, like so many other "fish attractants" it simply just masked any human odor on our lures. Whatever the reason, it works!!
Ever since that began, I've used WD40 on all my fishing lures, for all species of fresh and saltwater fish - even on live bait at times. I have to think that at least some of my success as an angler has to be credited to this faithful fish attractant.
So, it's really true - where would we be as sportsmen without duct tape and WD40????
· 1 decade ago