WD-40 for fishing?

Over the years I have heard numerous people claim they knew someone who sprayed WD-40 on their fishing lures to attract strikes.

I have never actually heard anyone admit they used it themselves but it seems to be common among peoples uncles, cousins and grandfathers.

Have you ever used WD-40 as a fish attractant? If so, how did it work?

Perhaps the bigger question should be would it even be legal for use?


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  1. John Beffano

    WD-40 is made from fish oil so it might work. (Water Displacement #40). Invented in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company, designed to protect missile parts. It can be used from removing lipstick stains to keeping flies off cows. as well as releaving the sting of fire ant bites, and keeps pigeons away they hate the smell.

  2. Thad

    Seems they stopped formulating with fish oil.
    From Wikipedia:
    WD-40’s main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:
    51% Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits: primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
    25% Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40’s considerable flammability)
    15+% Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
    10-% Inert ingredients