How to Add Scent to Plastic Lures

How to Add Scent to Plastic Lures
Many anglers swear by scented soft-plastic fishing lures and won't use anything else when bass fishing. These lures can be pricey, but you don't have to spend the extra cash for the scent. You can add scent to your own plastic lures, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. Mix up your own juice, and within a few hours you'll have your own scented lures.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Jar with lid Vegetable oil Garlic powder or anise extract Soft-plastic lures Fork
  • Jar with lid
  • Vegetable oil
  • Garlic powder or anise extract
  • Soft-plastic lures
  • Fork
Step 1
Gather all your items together. It won't matter if you use garlic powder or anise extract; both have proved for decades to entice bass. You can also experiment with your own flavors if you wish.
Step 2
Take your favorite plastic lures and poke some holes in them. This can easily be done by using a fork. Don't poke so many holes in them that they will fall apart.
Step 3
Throw your plastic lures into the jar. Pour enough vegetable oil in the jar that the lures will be lightly coated. The lures don't need to be floating in a pool of oil.
Step 4
Add your scent to the jar. If you're using garlic powder, you'll only need to add about 1 tsp. to the jar. If using anise extract, add only a few drops.
Step 5
Screw the lid on the jar, and then shake it to fully coat the lures with the scent mixture. Allow the plastic lures to marinate for several hours before using them to fish. Store the unused lures in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them. Because the oil can make the plastic degrade over time, make only enough lures to use for upcoming trips.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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