I am a rare type of woman who not only enjoys pink, and playing with make-up, but I also enjoy fishing, camping and getting dirty. Today as I was pondering new ideas for the blog I thought about making a lotion that is specifically for people who enjoy fishing. When my husband and I go out fishing he tends to give me a hard time because I always apply lotion and body spray before leaving my house. He says that those scents will rub off on my bait and end up scaring the fish away. I wondered about making a lotion that is scented with Earth Fragrance Oil, and maybe instead of scaring the fish away it would mask the human smell and draw the fish near. I want to know your opinion!
I could not write a blog about fishing and not brag about my huge catch. The picture you see to the right is me, holding a GIANT carp! Where we live, carp are an invasive species and it is a rule that if caught, they can not be returned to the water. Many anglers in Utah call carp the “trash fish” but I have also heard that a lot of people eat carp and find it quite delicious! This picture was taken as we were camping along the Bear River. I woke up early that morning and the first thing I did was cast out my cheap, pink fishing pole. Right away I snagged this monster! It was a great time.
Do you enjoy going fishing? Do you have any tips or tricks for masking smell? Or do you just apply the sunscreen and head out the door? Please comment below and let me know if you think this lotion idea would work, or if you have any fishing tips to share. I will pick a winner out of the people who comment to receive a FREE soap making kit!
Some people think fish is fish. But when it comes to smells they each also have a unique smell. I know when my Nana would take me trout fishing as a kid we would bring used coffee grounds to wash our hands with. So I would make a coffee scrub with Java Java and coffee grounds.
Anyways, have a halibut of a good time and remember to Carp e diem and don’t flounder too much. *wink*
You are so punny! Thanks for sharing. I think the coffee grounds sounds like an awesome idea. I will have to try it.
It doesn’t look like your lotion habit is having a negative impact on your fish-catching skills! That’s a great picture. We do use your Earth fragrance oil, mixed with fir needle and cedar essential oils in a soap we call Working Hands. We add pumice and Fuller’s Earth to it and think of it as our version of Lava soap. Some of our customers have told us that they use that when they’re going to be hunting or fishing as a way of masking their human scent. I should ask them if it works! 😉 Happy fishing!
Thanks for your kind words! That soap you make sounds amazing. I like the idea of the Earth Fragrance Oil mixed with fir needle and cedar essential oils. I bet it smells amazing!
I wouldn’t use any synthetic fragrances at all for sure. Same with hunting, no synthetic fragrances.
Before commercial bait sprays, folks would use things like vanilla or peppermint extract?
You could scent it with a bait attractant spray! Lol
That is not a bad idea! Most of the fish attractants I have seen are garlic scented, which seems like it would be kind of weird in a lotion. Maybe I will have to try it!
Now that’s a FISH!! I’ve eaten carp – it’s not bad. I don’t believe I have ever seen one that big, though. I have never worried about masking human smell when fishing, but hunting is another matter. I told my husband J could make soap with goat urine instead of milk. He politely declined. Ha! I have used earthy scents for hunting soap. I don’t know if it helps, but it does sell!
Thanks for your kind words. That is the biggest fish I ever caught. It was pretty exciting. I love your comment about the goat urine, that is hilarious!
Interesting question! 🙂 If you haven’t had a problem so far, you might not have to change anything. 🙂 I would think that any product with fragrance oil (especially one that has a lot of EO in it, and I think Dirt fo does) in lotion might tend to scare them away.
I know there are enzyme-based scent neutralisers/maskers out there especially for fishing, so if the fish suddenly start shying away from you maybe that might be worth a try!
Thanks for your comment. I am going to have to look into those scent maskers for fishing. That sounds interesting!
My uncle, a fanatic fisherman, told me that anise-scented soap (and I’d assume anise lotion, etc.) conceals human scent so the fish “can’t smell you coming.” That sounds kind of fishy to me, but he swears by it. (Sorry! Couldn’t resist! :))
Has anyone else heard that?
Have a great day!
Wow I can’t believe I didn’t think about that! I have some trout bait that smells like anise so I would think that the anise scented soap would work. Great idea!
I agree with Eleanor Thorne about the Anise. I live in salmon and trout fishing heaven. I’ve made anise scented soap and the guides here loved it. A plus was it got fish slime off hands in icey cold Alaska river water. Many fishermen swear anise attracts fish, too. The only downside to the Anise for me is that I can’t stand the smell of it!
I am with you on that one. I cannot stand the smell of anise but if it means catching a giant fish I might just have to try it out!
Well Earth Fragrance oil does cover human scent. I make hunting soap for my husband and friends. They all love it. But the one thing the guys mentioned to me was the soap allowed them to walk into a heard of elk while they were sleeping. My husband and friends didn’t see the elk and the elk didn’t know they were there. The Sage carriers Lilac Fragrance oil, Lilac & Lavender Fragrance oil these also work on hunters when hunting deer, elk, and coyotes. That’s right because these animals think they are around flowers not humans. Bang. As for fishing I’ve been fishing since I was a little girl. I am 50yrs old and still love fishing when I can. But I am married to a hunter who is not a big fan of fishing but will go if I ask. State: Oregon( Valley & Coast area)
Thanks for sharing! If the Earth Fragrance Oil works for hunting then it must help when fishing. I am going to have to try it.