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Now it Makes ‘Scents’

June 13, 2018 - Larry Claypool
In our lives we regularly come across people who are ‘experts’ in their field. It is no different in the outdoors world. Even in my little world, around Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine. Occasionally I do get out of the office.

Recently I spent time with several experts in the field of fishing. Yes I know a little about fishing. I’ve fished since I was 12 years old. Thank you Mr. Dunn. But I really don’t know much about fishing, as I’ve recently learned.

That’s OK, I’ve had fun learning along the way. And I’m still willing to be educated.

My recent education came in the form of the 2018 Pennsylvania Crappie Camp, hosted by veteran writer and fishing guru Darl Black of Cochranton, PA. During that event I was able to fish with local crappie fishing legend Kenneth Smith and professional crappie angler Dan Dannenmueller. There was also an informative Crappie Fishing Seminar held near the lake we fished at: Pymatuning Lake. Several fishing experts shared their knowledge during that event.

For me, a key subject came up during the seminar’s Q&A session about using plastic baits over live bait. I’ve mostly been a live bait fisherman over the years. But, after listening to the experts on the topic, I’m about to change my tactics.

One emphasis made about using artificial baits, is the useful tool of attractants. Using scents on baits now makes sense to me. I’d known about using different scents on lures and bait, but now I’m a believer.

Crappie king Ken Smith turned me onto Berkley’s PowerBait Crappie Nibbles after my successful fishing morning with him. We not only caught fish, we caught BIG fish — 11-14-inch varieties. Smith insists the difference was the use of the scented Crappie Nibbles. I would trust anything Mr. Smith would say about crappie fishing.

And I trust the opinion of George Toalson, the lead designer at Gene Larew Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, who was one of the seminar speakers during the Crappie Camp. Toalson, a veteran scuba diver, said he’s witnessed how fish react to bait attractants underwater. He’s an expert on fishing baits.

Another expert I trust about bait and attractants is Chris Verbosky, owner of Verbinator Baits and Ohio Pro Lure, of Roaming Shores, OH. Verbosky, a tournament bass professional and former walleye tourney pro, has been making plastic baits for nine years. He’s been testing baits for many more years than that. His bass baits are infused with a garlic scent.

I was on Verbosky’s boat, as a tournament judge, during the recent Muransky Companies United Way Bass Classic, held on Evans and Pine Lakes in North Lima, OH. Verbosky and amateur Dave Battle competed on Evans Lake and managed four largemouth bass. Three of the fish, all caught by Verbosky, were monster fish with one being nearly four pounds, another 3.8-pounds and one at 2.14-pounds. All of his fish were caught on either his popular ‘Donkey’ or ‘Lucky Craw’ plastics — both infused with garlic scent.

Verbosky’s baits also attracted a few nice northern pike caught during the day. Those fish were not counted since it was a bass-only event, but the pike still showed much interest in his Verbinator Baits.

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Chris Verbosky, owner of Verbinator Baits and Ohio Pro Lure, with a nice Evans Lake largemouth bass. Photo by Larry Claypool