I'm not too sure on some additives as Adam has said. The natural ones ie flavours I'll agree with as they do have some success but the artificial ones leave alot to be desired and might be there to catch the angler.
Two of the main things that I was always taught when fishing were to take care of - 1) Presentation 2) The Bait
With your presentation you are looking to present a bait in the most atractive way possible to the fish.
The bait has to attract the fish and then persuade it to take it.
On some waters especially hard fished ones, the edge is often needed. The same bait or groundbait except with the use of flavours might and often does (IMO) attract interest where the standard bait is ignored.
I don't know why but then again an ice cream with a flake in it always looks more tempting than a plain one
hiya dave, dont really know if its the additives themselves that work or if they up your confidence level, either way i firmly believe in them.
i have had some pretty good bags over the past few years using corn flavoured with scopex or liquid worm, i have found that if i am using it and other people are using "plain" corn i seem to catch more? also i find that the bites are much more positive.
as i say, dont really know if its the flavour or the confidence thing but they work for me.
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I think it's very difficult to answer the question for the simple reason that fishing cannot be measured as a laboratory experiment. And in many ways I'm certain that we actually like it that way. It keeps that element of the unknown and the unexpected very much alive and well.
I make my own boilies and paste and one thing that goes into them is betaine. It's one additive that's always at the top of my ingredient list.
In many ways, fishing is about confidence and if you've got confidence in your bait due to additives etc, then that can't be a bad thing.
think of it this way if all you ate was vanilla icecream
you would be very bored then suddenly you came across
strawberry then chocolate then tuti fruti flavours
it wouldnt take long before you dropped the vanilla altogether
its the same for the fish, keep them interested and you will