Super Glue, Super Fish

Here’s my tip: “Always have a tube of super glue while fishing”!

That’s it… have a nice day.



To be honest I believe many people already are carrying superglue on their boats however those that are not, I’ll give you a couple of reasons as to why you should.

  • After setting the hook with a wacky rigged Senko or any other soft stick bait, the hook is going to cut into the bait body. As soon as you detect a split or crack in the body, add a drop of super glue to get a few more casts out of the lure. This goes for other baits like Beavers and so on that eventually tear through use. I would also recommend a product called Mend-It for healing plastics, as it is even better than glue however, it’s much harder to find.
  • Gluing a plastic bait to a jig head
  • After tying a lure on, add a drop (not too much) of super glue to that knot. Some super glues incidentally are less thick or dense than others. If you can find a glue-like some of the Loctite products which are very “thin” or almost watery (known as low viscosity), that will penetrate much better into the strands of braid which means less bulk but still gives great strength.
  • If you break anything plastic (or similar material) like the butt end or part of the reel seat of a rod, super glue to the rescue.
  • Normally I don’t advise this however if you are in an absolute pinch and break off your rod tip, you can pull the tip guide off (using heat and pliers) and then superglue the old guide on the end of the broken rod. This will get you through the day (it will probably take a bit or scraping or filing to size the end of the rod properly). This is normally bad practice since it’s permanent whereas proper guide glue can be reworked when needed.

The big concern here when using super glue and bait or knot is “can fish smell the glue?” I’m going to assume yes since they have such an acute sense of smell.

Solution: just add your favourite scent (we use Megastrike) it masks odors and is an attractant.

Super Glue on a boat is like Duct Tape at home… always have some on hand!




4 Replies to “Super Glue, Super Fish”

    1. Hey James, you must have missed it but as I said above:

      “The big concern here when using super glue and bait or knot is “can fish smell the glue?” I’m going to assume yes since they have such an acute sense of smell.”
      Solution: just add your favourite scent (we use Megastrike) it masks odors and is an attractant.

      Fish have an incredible sense of smell but they can be fooled (sometimes). We very much like using a scent like Megastrike, seems to work for us.

      BTW I believe that Mend It mentioned in the blog does not have a scent

      Hope this helps


  1. As we see there are a plethora of these “sticky” products that anglers can choose from to up their odds. Some if not most, are quite “stinky” which brings to mind, “How do you get rid of that “sticky stank since all fish have a highly acute sense of “chemoreception “. Well, keeping your eyes and ears open is the first step.

    Most fish possess highly developed sense organs. Nearly all daylight fish have color vision that is at least as good as a human’s (see vision in fishes). Many fish also have chemoreceptors that are responsible for extraordinary senses of taste and smell. Although they have ears, many fish may not hear very well. Most fish have sensitive receptors that form the lateral line system, which detects gentle currents and vibrations, and senses the motion of nearby fish and prey. Sharks can sense frequencies in the range of 25 to 50 Hz through their lateral line.

    Fish orient themselves using landmarks and may use mental maps based on multiple landmarks or symbols. Fish behavior in mazes reveals that they possess spatial memory and visual discrimination.

    I can attest to the time I came upon one very clever idea from a pro fisherman of T.V. fame. Human scent and other foreign aromas from just about any source can done away with simply by applying “Mother Natures” fast acting and inexpensive “Olfaction Reaction” elixir.

    This stuff can be found just about anywhere you drop your line by reaching down into the surrounding waters and grabbing hold of a handful of aquatic vegetation. Grind them vigorously into your hands and rub a wad or two onto your bait where you placed the goop, several times if needed. The natural scent will deceive your quarry into assuming everything is all hunky-dory.

    Yes, fish know when something smells fishy.

    1. Thanks Calvin… so as I see it I only have to grind my hands in cabbage weed AFTER I’m done my “victory personal best” cigar, cause’ I don’t wan’t that dirty lake water affecting the sweet aromatic taste of my Dominican!

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