REEKING LINES WERE BEST
At least, so it worked out for one Cape Cod surf caster fishing the milling rips off Nauset Inlet this summer. Time after time as he retrieved his plug, huge bass followed in its gurgling wake only to swirl away at the last instant. Finally the frustrated fisherman remembered a bottle of come-hither he had bought a few days previously. He anointed his plug with a liberal dose of this elixir and on the very next cast a 53-pound bass engulfed it.
So it has worked out for Arnold Laine, a rod-and-reel commercial fisherman who took 12,000 pounds of striped bass on lures smeared with scent. And so it worked out for the angler who stood beside a companion using the same lure without scent and took four bass to the other's none with a perfumed popping plug.
There are those who claim that psychology plays a large part in the success of aromatic lures. Those who use them expect a strike, they declare, and in this happy anticipatory mood the fisherman stays alert and his technique is thereby improved. Whatever the explanation, the results so far achieved have been sufficiently spectacular and consistent to command the attention of serious anglers.