Scents Fishing

Commercial scents can be highly effective on Maine fish. All saltwater fish and most freshwater fish will respond to an artificial lure that has been treated with scent.

The best application for scents is on soft plastic baits. These lifelike baits feel like something from nature and when treated with a scent, the deception is made even more convincing. Metal and hard-plastic lures don’t hold scent long enough to warrant its use.

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, their whip-like fronds covering deep canyons and gullies full of hundreds of pig iron ingots and lumps of wreckage. Lobsters, crabs, squat lobsters, spider crabs and even octopus can be found all over the two reefs of Whirl Rocks, while the 20-metre-plus vertical reef walls are covered in jewel anemones, Devonshire cup corals, soft corals and a whole host of other marine life. Shoals of coley and pollack hover over the reef edges and friendly ballan wrasse follow you around at the base of the walls. Large cod, ling and two-metre long congers hide amongst the broken hollow steel mast posts and caverns formed by the piles of twisted wreckage filling the V-shaped ravines and canyons, many of them so deep that you cannot see the bottom. Anchors lie everywhere and just a few metres away from the base of the first section of Whirls are the remains of the old steamer Jan Van Ryswyck, her boiler and engine frame still standing proud over the big jumble of engine parts. Regularly seen, but so far eluding capture, is an eight-pound lobster, which by now must be feeling quite secure after being attacked so often – and unsuccessfully – with poles and hooks by visiting divers. On her final voyage and during thick fog on 21 May 1924, the Jan Van Ryswyck stranded on the treacherous In Bus reef; she was on passage from Antwerp for Grangemouth with a general cargo, cast pig iron and steel ingots. The crew took to the boats and were eventually rescued and landed at Berwick later that day. The steamer broke its back and then broke into two halves, spilling her cargo all over the reef. The bow section soon disintegrated, but the stern half, which included the superstructure, engine and boilers, slipped back over the submerged cliff wall at the southern edge of the reef, down into deep water, where much of the remains can be seen today at 55 39′.

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