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LSU biologist, chemical engineer partner with industry to develop best soft lure available
Date:2/7/2011

BATON ROUGE Fish bait: it's messy, smelly and typically problematic. Live bait is inconvenient and only good for one day, but with expensive and more permanent lures, you run the risk of losing an investment if the line breaks. Soft baits, those gummy pieces of brightly colored plastic familiar from your father's tackle box, are good essentially only as visual cues for fish. LSU Professor John Caprio and Mystic Tackleworks have changed all that by developing Attraxx with Sci-X, a scientifically designed soft bait that preys on fish sight, smell and taste the major sensory systems that a fish depends on to find its dinner.

"Attraxx is the best soft lure on the market today because it's driven by science and by what fish want," said Caprio, George C. Kent Professor of Biological Sciences and a specialist in fish taste and smell systems. "When I developed Sci-X, the chemical attractant and feeding stimulator behind the Attraxx fishing lures, I didn't guess what chemicals attracted the fish and caused them to ingest a lure. I researched it the fish told me."

Caprio studies the chemosensory systems of a number of common fresh and saltwater fish species. He has spent much of the last three decades researching and perfecting the technology to determine the natural stimuli that activate fish smell and taste systems and applying that information into lures that increase the odds of making a catch. Caprio monitors the nerve activity coming from these taste and smell receptors in response to chemical stimuli. In this way, he discovered the specific natural stimuli that activate both smell and taste sensors, resulting in nerve reflexes that cause the fish to ingest food or an appropriate fishing lure.

"Attraxx with Sci-X is so attractive to fish that it not only gets them to bite the lure, but they actually eat it. It really activates their feeding instinct, and so they hang onto it and attempt to swallow the bait even while you're reeling them i
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Contact: Ashley Berthelot
aberth4@lsu.edu
225-578-3870
Louisiana State University
Source:Eurekalert

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