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April 19th was National Garlic Day. I think my family acknowledged that day with a pizza. But there are a lot of uses for garlic, even in fishing.

Garlic dip such as Spike It Garlic Lure Dye is touted to be an attracting lure for fish. Bassmaster Elite angler Stephen Browning shared that he and his son had a great time catching trout with garlic, but he also carries a selection in his bass boat.


And garlic isn’t the only kitchen ingredient to find its way into fishing lures. Berkley offers PowerBait Trout dip flavors of “Corn” or “Garlic Mint.” A package of Backwater Tackle soft plastic worms, scented with “crawfish, anise, and garlic oil,” arrived in a recent Mystery Tackle Box. Salt is impregnated in many soft plastic lure lines, including Netbait’s Salt Lick Worm. Strike King lures has a “Caffeine shad” which has coffee scent and salt. Their “Coffee Tube Softbaits” contain, “real coffee bean granules and coffee bean oil.” Even sugar has been added to a new line of soft plastics in the Field and Stream Sugar Stix soft baits.

What do you think the next flavored fishing lure will be? Chamomile? Saffron?

My money is on bacon.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.