Another study proved that some fishermen give off offensive enzymes from their hands. So when touching baits and lures, they are more than likely scaring off the game fish they are trying to catch. Saltwater fishermen are guilty of adding to this dilemma when they apply suntan oils to their hands and body. Naturally the suntan oil is needed to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. However, when the same fishermen handle baits and lures, they are also decreasing their chances of catching quality game fish.
For this one reason, we will normally designate one or more fishermen in the boat to handle baits and lures. The suntan lotion is applied by someone else, and their hands are not allowed to touch baits or lures.
Saltwater fishermen are also guilty of putting bait fish in the same bucket used to wash down the boat.
When the bait fish come in contact with the cleaning fluids, they will more than likely pick up the odors capable of scaring off the targeted quarry.
Another offensive situation arises when fishermen clean their fishing boats with a lot of bleach and soap. During the course of their next fishing outing, the bleach or soap may seep into the water with sea water that is being washed out the bilge or drains. This creates a "slick" that you can well do without.
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