How to make fish attractant

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If you want to save some money and go with a home-made alternative to the best fish attractants you can buy, check out this video.

You can make it in your kitchen with the following ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Lemon
  • Gelatin Powder

This gives you a good scent to put on your lures for a wide variety of fish.

Feel free to tweak the recipe. Crappie fishermen like to include anise in their scents. Bass anglers have their own recipes for this kind of liquid scent you can put on your fishing lures and baits to increase your chances of hooking up.

Most recipes to make a scent you can disperse as a pellet involve either olive oil or fish oil and some kind of dough like component to hold it together along with various odors and agents to lure the fish via their sense of smell.

Give it a go and if you come home with a full bag you know you’ve found a fish attractant that works.


  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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