posted on Apr, 25 2006 @ 04:03 PM
Actually, fish bait, especially for deep ocean use, is unnaturally pungent. It's made with rotten chunks of fish and loads of smelly oils that
disperse well in water. The nastier the bait, the better the draw, as a general rule for ocean fishing.
You can use frozen bait that's almost oderless, but the stronger the smell in the air, the stronger the smell in the water. I'm also pretty sure
there are additives sold that are intended to be mixed in with chum to make the smell many times more potent, could that be the case here?
In an enclosed space, I can DEFINITELY see fish bait causing nausea and vomitting, take it from someone who once had a job chucking this stuff off the
side of a boat (spent half the summer almost puking, and that was in the open air, at trawling speeds with the wind rushing by).
Now, I have no idea if the story is accurate, or whether there's something more complicated going on, with respect to the substance that made people
sick. Obviously, it could be anything at this point.
However, I can state with absolute certainty that someone not used to the smell of pungent fish bait could get violently ill if exposed to it. Most
fresh water baits/lures/scents are much less offensive, although even bass and catfish scented 'meat' lures smell vile when you get them out of the
jar. But if this was a batch of saltwater scent, designed to be used on its own or mixed in with chum, there's no question it could make some folks
sick. Fish love it though, the smellier the better.
Edit: Okay, it was additive meant to be used to impregnate lures with scent. Vile stuff, industrial hazard I'd imagine. Whoever was dumb enough to
ship that stuff without proper precautions needs to have their head examined. This is a concentrated artificial scent, much like the noxious liquid
in those prank stink bombs.
[edit on 25-4-2006 by WyrdeOne]