We have two options. Of course, the easiest and least conflicting approach would be to follow the path of least resistance: One could choose from the catalogs of fishing tackle manufacturers the characteristics of the wide range of their "super groundbaits"” and groundbait additives thus confirming the credibility of their exaggerated advertising slogans. However, promoting something, what a man does not believe in would be a deviation from his own rules, and the abuse of the reader's trust. Consequently, contrary to my belief, would suggest buying a 'pig in a poke”. That's why, trying to take the Reader seriously, I decided to take the more complicated path: in view of some opinions on the baiting of fish, allow me to take a critical or even skeptical position (despite the risk, that some readers may consider it heresy).
About that, that the baiting is justified, ba, even necessary, to increase the chances of a successful catch – we will not discuss: we probably all have the same opinion. The essence of baiting is based on the following premises:
- relatively high dispersion of fish in the aquatic environment,
- senses of smell and taste well-developed and well-functioning in fish.
The first premise can be illustrated on the example of a carp. Suppose, that we fish in fish with fish better than on average with 200 kilogram fish stocks suitable for carp (2 kg / piece). Theoretically – assuming the perfect distribution of fish over the entire surface 2 he has – when fishing, we should look for one carp on a relatively large area 200 m2 and in a large volume 300 000—400 000 liters of water (we assume depth 1,5-2 m). Fortunately, however, fish do not actually inhabit any biotope perfectly evenly, but they choose specific positions - always in the places that best suit them. Of course, our goal is to select these places and, above all, to fish on them.
In this case, we can predict, that due to the natural concentration of fish, the area per 1 carp will be cut in half – do 100 m2 and to the volume 150 000—200 000 liters. Our lure in the form of e.g.. 1-2 Fine corn kernels or a piece of potato under these conditions can be compared to a needle, which one looks for in a haystack. So carp would have to be extremely lucky (or rather – misfortune), to come across a speck in such a vast area, which, Moreover, it can be hidden in silt or among vegetation! Any bans in this situation are the result of a coincidence. It is only possible to eliminate the accident from fishing by deliberately baiting.
Considering the basic problems of baiting, it cannot be doubted that the senses of smell and taste function perfectly in fish.. These features of fish have been confirmed by serious scientific experiments. Here, however, a specific question should be asked: which smells and what tastes the fish react to (and how they react)? Does it have to be vanilla in any case?, ground hot pepper or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and dozens of other common or exotic fragrances and flavors.