Everyone who likes to fish is always looking for another way to increase the bite to enable them to catch more fish and hopefully larger fish as well. A little known urban legend is that WD-40 contains fish oil. If it does it would make it a terrific fish attractant. It is also cheaper than using other chemical attractants that are available on the market today. The company that makes WD-40 has safeguarded the formula since it was invented and denies that it contains fish oil. WD-40 was developed in 1953 by technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company who were searching for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. The name comes from the formulation "Water Displacement" (WD) and they were successful with the 40th formulation, thus the name WD-40. Try some the next time you go out fishing and see if the results prove the urban legend true. The most you have to lose is that your lures will be lubricated and resist rust.
Things You Will Need
WD-40, Fishing lures or live bait, Fishing rod and reel, Fishing tackle
Set up your fishing tackle as you would normally and decide if you are using live bait or artificial lures.
Spray a small amount on the live bait or lures and then fish as normal. As an additional benefit spraying lures polishes and helps keep them corrosion free. You can also lubricate your fishing reel knobs and internal reel parts.
Some states do not allow chemical laced baits or lures for fishing so check with your local fish and wildlife agencies prior to using any fish attractant. Also the people at bait shops should know if there are any problems with using chemical attractants in the areas that you plan to fish.
Try some WD-40 the next time you go out fishing and see if the results prove the urban legend true. The most you have to lose is that your lures will be lubricated and resist rust.
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