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November 12, 2010

Body Lotion, Ketchup, & Other Stuff Not in Tackle Shops

By Joe Cermele

I will never forget the first time I visited the marshes of Louisiana. Having never seen a tailing redfish before, watching a shoal of them pushing shrimp was an epic sight. But I won't forget the bugs either. Up until that day, I had never experienced no-see-ums as determined and plentiful. Of course, I was unprepared.

"You got a can off OFF laying around?," I asked my guide.

"Nope," he said. "Won't help you anyway. Try this." He handed me a near-empty bottle of Victoria's Secret Berry Kiss lotion. "I've tried strawberries and champagne and coconut," he said. "None work like berry." So I slathered it on and suddenly the gnats paid me no mind. I was bite-free and smelled like Gisele Bundchen...a win-win in my book.

Fish long enough with enough people and these little tricks get revealed. I'm not talking about ways to tweak a lure or tie a fly, I'm talking about the random uses for the seemingly unfishy.

I once met an old timer at a local lake who stressed the importance of shiny spinner blades. Before he started fishing, he'd pull a packet of ketchup and packet of lemon juice out of his tackle box and polish his blades with a dirty rag. "The smell doesn't bother the fish," he told me. "The acid in the mixture removes the tarnish and won't pollute the water." I still use that trick on occasion.

Then there was the guy at the marina where we kept our boat growing up that fished for flounder almost daily. He never took a minnow or squid strip out with him. Just a jar of orange Play-Doh. He caught more flatties than most.

 

 

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from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I’m not a smoker at all but while I am fishing, working in the yard, doing pre-season scouting/stand hanging I will bring a pack of swisher sweet cigars or clove cigarettes with me and light one up to help chase off the mosquitoes and no-see'ums, the aroma is pleasant enough for me to put up with and the smoke drives off the bugs.

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from 1uglymutha wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

great post. does this vs stuff work better than 100% deet? and how expensive is it in comparison? does it work on mosquitos?

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from jeffisutherland wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Yet another reason to bring a beautiful lady friend out on the water with you.

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from mcrumrine wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I've never used that brand of lotion but have used the Avon Skin-so-Soft for mosquitos and no seeums with very good success. As for using this vs 100% deet I say look at the health benefits here. It has been proven that deet really isn't that good for you so if this works as well why not go this route, especially for children. The active ingredient in Off is deet but just in lower concentrations than 100%.

As for the ketchup and lemon juice I'll have to try that sometime. I have used WD40 on lures and baits and found that effective for catfish. A tobaco juice has never hurt a lure either, in my experience.

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Hmm... cigar smoke and wd40 in the water. Great ideas.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

wonder what my girlfriend is gonna say when i ask her to pick me up some of that lotion.

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Wow. I'm almost tempted to try it out.

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from shane256 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Yeah, we always used Avon's Skin So Soft down in the swamps. And yeah, it does seem to work better than OFF.

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from Hil wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That VS lotion goes for like $9 a bottle. It does smell great, but I'll stick with the Skin-So-Soft or a Thermacell! :)

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from Jehnifer Quinn wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Another reason to shop at Victoria Secret...

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from Kirk Everett wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Isn't Skin So Soft the quintessential fishing accessory of Tuckerton!

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I'll stick with the 100% DEET. Just don't get it on your flyline.
Wild Turkey also works..after awhile you don't care if you do get bitten.

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from hankster64 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Skin-so-soft does work, I believe it is the oil in it. I found out how good it worked in when camping beside a lake in Washington State. I was being ate alive by bugs, my Sister gave me some Skin-so-soft and the bugs left me alone.

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from Flintlock wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Tobasco sauce will also work to shine with, at least for brass. Its what my grandpa used to pollish brass buckles.
Rubbing down with bounce dryer sheets will also keep the skeeters away.

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from jeffisutherland wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Yet another reason to bring a beautiful lady friend out on the water with you.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

wonder what my girlfriend is gonna say when i ask her to pick me up some of that lotion.

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from mcrumrine wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I've never used that brand of lotion but have used the Avon Skin-so-Soft for mosquitos and no seeums with very good success. As for using this vs 100% deet I say look at the health benefits here. It has been proven that deet really isn't that good for you so if this works as well why not go this route, especially for children. The active ingredient in Off is deet but just in lower concentrations than 100%.

As for the ketchup and lemon juice I'll have to try that sometime. I have used WD40 on lures and baits and found that effective for catfish. A tobaco juice has never hurt a lure either, in my experience.

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Wow. I'm almost tempted to try it out.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I’m not a smoker at all but while I am fishing, working in the yard, doing pre-season scouting/stand hanging I will bring a pack of swisher sweet cigars or clove cigarettes with me and light one up to help chase off the mosquitoes and no-see'ums, the aroma is pleasant enough for me to put up with and the smoke drives off the bugs.

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from 1uglymutha wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

great post. does this vs stuff work better than 100% deet? and how expensive is it in comparison? does it work on mosquitos?

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Hmm... cigar smoke and wd40 in the water. Great ideas.

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from shane256 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Yeah, we always used Avon's Skin So Soft down in the swamps. And yeah, it does seem to work better than OFF.

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from Hil wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That VS lotion goes for like $9 a bottle. It does smell great, but I'll stick with the Skin-So-Soft or a Thermacell! :)

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from Jehnifer Quinn wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Another reason to shop at Victoria Secret...

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from Kirk Everett wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Isn't Skin So Soft the quintessential fishing accessory of Tuckerton!

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I'll stick with the 100% DEET. Just don't get it on your flyline.
Wild Turkey also works..after awhile you don't care if you do get bitten.

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from hankster64 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Skin-so-soft does work, I believe it is the oil in it. I found out how good it worked in when camping beside a lake in Washington State. I was being ate alive by bugs, my Sister gave me some Skin-so-soft and the bugs left me alone.

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from Flintlock wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Tobasco sauce will also work to shine with, at least for brass. Its what my grandpa used to pollish brass buckles.
Rubbing down with bounce dryer sheets will also keep the skeeters away.

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