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The Nose Knows-Even For Bass

Posted: April 1st, 2015 by Bill Dance

“Fishermen never die, they just smell that way!”

OK, after a week spent on an extended fishing trip, I’ll readily agree that I have some fishing buddies that fit this description.

But seriously, get a whiff of this: We know all the senses are important to the survival of bass, and especially the sense of smell. It’s essential.

Most current studies indicate fish have an olfactory system, which is the sense of smell, and that varied responses can result from what a bass senses through smell. As it turns out, there are many positive and negative odors found in a bass’s watery home.

Positive odors attract a fish to its source, while negative odors repel. Research has shown that many kinds of fish can (via scent) even distinguish between species of aquatic plants, other kinds of fish, insect larvae and individuals within a fish school.

Amino acid composition is, in part, responsible for the distinctive smell or odor of each species of plant and animal on earth. For instance, a bass, which feeds predominately on crawfish and shad, can distinguish the distinctive crawfish odor from the odors of other plants and animals inhabiting its water.

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