Well known fishing legend often referred to as “The Game Fishing Guru” by his peers, Peter tells us why.
“Necessity, who is the mother of invention” Plato, 427 BC - 347 BC
Some charter boat captains and recreational game fishermen ask, “Why should I use a Scent Blazer Trolling Lure vs. any other trolling lure which I already use and know works?”
Good question, well the answer is really simple, it’s “OPTIONS FOR CATCHING FISH”.
As fishermen we have all been in the situation where we come across a school of fish and no matter what lures you try none of them works. They are simply not interested. So you try every lure you have. Essentially your options are changing the lure shape, colour or size and even then you sometimes cannot get the fish to take a lure.
DON'T YOU WISH YOU HAD OTHER OPTIONS TO GET THE FISH TAKING YOUR LURES?
With Scent Blazer Trolling Lures, you have these other options at your disposal:
*Insert real bait inside the lures. As they are trolled, they release the scent of the bait inside which means they look, taste and smell like real fish.They are a hybrid of trolling lures and real bait! FISH CAN SMELL BAIT- that’s what they actually eat, it’s not rocket science.
Try this top trick with Scent Blazer Trolling Lures. If you catch a fish, any fish - Tuna, Dolphin Fish, Mackerel, and if you plan to keep the fish for bait or to eat, cut open the fish and open its stomach contents. 9 times out of 10, there is undigested baitfish inside. Put that undigested fish inside the lures. You now have the actual bait the fish are feeding on inside your lures.
*Light up your lure. Add glow sticks and small LED lights inside the trolling lures. The whole lure illuminates. Think about it, on dark overcast days, early morning and late afternoon there isn’t as much light. Think about it - if you were a fish under the water looking up and you see a light...
Also, when the seas are choppy and there are a lot of white caps and surface chop, your lure’s smoke trail blends in with those white caps and surface chop, so your lures are less visible in rough conditions. Put a light inside the lure and they become highly visible even in rough seas.
Adding small LED lights and glow stick inside the lures is easy, simply unscrew the bait chamber, and insert directly.
*Add Weights and Rattles
Add sinkers and lead weights inside the lures. If your lure is not heavy enough because the wind increases or the seas become rougher, simply unscrew the bait chamber grab a few small sinkers and put them inside the lure. It is instantly heavier. You can also rig sinkers directly onto the trace. The sinkers not only add weight to the lure but also act as rattles to make the lure noisier. Add beads on the rig and small rattles inside the lure to make the lure rattle.
All lures come complete with a hook lock, which clips into the back of the lure and allows you to set the hook in a locked position. So the hook permanently sits in an upright position when trolled. This mean better hook ups in the top of the mouth for Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and all species of game fish.
Why Scent Blazer Lures were invented
Peter Somogyi, the inventor of Scent Blazer Lures, has been a fanatic fisherman since he was a kid and a fanatic game fisherman for the past 8 years.
He has mainly fished the waters of Sydney, his home base, but has also fished in QLD, Hawaii, Mexico, USA, Fiji, Vanuatu and Brazil.
During the first 3 years of his game fishing experience, he used most of the popular lures, brands and colours in the market place and was targeting all the game species in the area like Tuna, Marlin and Dolphin Fish off Sydney.
On his fishing trips in those first 3 years, he observed something really interesting. More often than not Marlin would swim up behind the lures but not take the lure - they would come up, look at the lures, and swim away. Of the 40 or so Marlin he saw behind the lures, only around 10-12 actually bit or struck at the lures. Why? He guessed they simply weren’t buying it. Peter guessed the Marlin were unsure what the lures were so they didn’t try to bite them.
Further to this, Peter installed a tow cam trolling camera on his boat. He viewed live vision on his Raymarine E80 of the lures that he was using at the time, every time he went game fishing. He wanted to see if there were more fish coming up to the lures and simply just looking at the lure before swimming away.
What he discovered while using his tow cam was amazing!
While watching the lures under water on his tow cam he found that, on any given day, many of the fish would come up on the lures. All types of fish -Tuna, Dolphin Fish and Marlin would actually swim up behind the lures, look at the lures and not take them. Sometimes they would take the lures and other times just look at them and swim away. He estimated more than half the fish behind the lures didn’t take them.
He realised that a lot of the times when he went fishing he and his crew didn’t even get a strike and they simply thought there were no fish around on that day. After installing the tow cam, he realised that was not the case. There were times when Peter and his crew would observe schools of Dolphin Fish/Dorado and Tuna following the lures for 10 minutes or longer looking at the lures but not striking them. It looked like the fish were actually trying to work out whether the lure was something they could actually eat.
As fishermen we love to go fishing and sometimes we have a good day even if we don’t catch anything, it’s just great to get out on the ocean, in the sunshine and on the blue water. The reality is, it’s a big ocean and we don’t always find fish. But we do go out there to catch fish, right! What turns a good day into a great day is catching a few fish so we want every advantage possible.
The fish were there they just weren't biting the lures. Why?
Peter was using the best lures in the market at the time and seeking advice on which lures to use from some of the best game fishermen around Sydney, like Bill Heaton, Yan and Finn Crutch and James Moran.
In Peter’s 4th year of gamefishing, he decided to change his game fishing tactics completely. He ditched the lures. He started trolling skip baits, live bait and rigged baits. In terms of strikes that worked a lot better than the lures. Almost every time a Marlin, Tuna or Dolphin Fish came up on trolled baits, they almost always took a bite, he didn’t always hook up but the fish definitely struck at the baits.
But using baits for trolling had some pretty significant disadvantages like:
- Fresh bait was not always available
- The bait didn’t stay on the hook very well in choppy or rough conditions
- You would constantly have to tend to baits and see if they had fallen off or were swimming incorrectly
- If a fish struck at the bait and missed the hook the bait would come off or skew
- Half the bait would get bitten off
- You would have to rig baits all day long because the baits would fall off every few hours
- You can only troll at slow speeds
- You can’t use soft oily baits like sardines or pilchards
The most significant disadvantage of using bait for trolling is that you can’t cover as much ground - you have to troll at 4 knots all day. With trolling lures you can easily troll at 8-10 knots so you cover twice as much ground. It’s a big ocean out there, you need to find the fish first before you can catch them and you will cover twice the area trolling at 8 knots with lures.
The solution is common sense!
It’s not rocket science - fish can smell bait, so make a lure that you can put natural bait inside - which releases the scent.
In a nut shell Peter found the fish were interested in all trolling lures to a point where the fish would have a good look at the lure but not necessarily take or bite at the lure. Using real bait the fish would almost always bite at the bait, but trolling bait has lots of disadvantages and you don’t cover as much of the ocean because you can’t troll very fast using rigged baits and you can’t use soft baits such pilchards or sardines which is often what fish are feeding on.
The solution is really quite simple, make a lure that can have natural bait, artificial bait or fish oils inserted in the lure so the lure becomes scented like real bait.
Scent Blazer lures are the hybrid of the lure and natural bait. THEY LOOK, SMELL AND TASTE LIKE A FISH!
Additionally because of their design they have other benefits such as:
- Easily adding or removing weights/sinkers to the lures to make them heavier or lighter
- Adding lights and glow sticks inside the lures to make them light up in poor light conditions and making them more visible in rough conditions or for night fishing.
- Easily adding rattles or beads inside the lures to make them noisy
Peter has tested the lures extensively. Scent Blazer lures with bait inside them out fished unbaited lures by about 5 to 1.
Peter, Scent Blazer Lures