How To Fish With Anise Oil As A Fishing Bait

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As anglers will do anything within the laws of fishing to gain an advantage. Using extra hooks, create their own lures, and travel hours on end to finally land the fish of their dreams.

There is one tactic, however, that many anglers don’t think of doing. We’re so worried about what the fish are hearing and seeing, but aren’t as worried about what they’re tasting or smelling.

Que Anise Oil. Anise Oil is easy to use and it does wonders to draw fish to your bait and convince them to bite it. 

In this article, I will cover: 

  • What exactly is Anise Oil?
  • Does Anise Oil Attract Fish?
  • How do I Use it in Fishing?
  • What Fish Does Anise Oil Attract? 
  • What Lures Should I Use Anise Oil With?
  • Make Your Own Anise Oil
  • Final Thoughts

What Exactly is Anise Oil?

The Anise plant comes from the eastern Mediterranean regions

Anise is a flowering plant from the eastern Mediterranean region and also Southwest Asia. It is part of the Apiaceae family. It should not be confused with star anise which has a similar flavor but is not from the same family.

Believe it or not, you’ve come across Anise Oil in your time on earth. Anise is an herb and it’s often used as a medicine for upset stomachs and even colds. Some people will also use it as a mosquito repellent and a skincare product!

If you’re into essential oils, you’ll find that it’s a common option for many people. If you don’t know whether or not you’ve used it, think of a time when you smelled licorice and didn’t know where it was coming from. 

Anise oil is also called aniseed oil in many parts of the world.

Does Anise Oil Attract Fish?

Fish are absolutely attracted to the taste and smell of anise. It’s something new that they likely haven’t tasted. Anise Oil smells exactly like black licorice. It has a strong scent, and you can’t miss it whenever you’re around it.

Most lures or soft plastics have little to no scent or taste. Anise oil provides both of these things to the lures and baits that you’re using. A few drops of it can go a long way to attract fish to your lures. 

If possible, when you’re purchasing Anise Oil, you should look for it from a non-GMO source. Non-GMO source Anise Oil is the purest and is going to provide the strongest scent and smell. 

How Do I Use Anise Oil for Fishing? 

Thankfully, the use of Anise Oil in fishing isn’t overly complicated. As long as you do some preparation for a few minutes before you hit the water, you’ll be in good shape. 

Add Anise Oil to Your Mixes

Since aniseed oil has a very distinctive and strong aroma it works very well in particle mixes and also in any groundbait or method feeder mix.

Add Aniseed Oil to Hemp

Most anglers already know that Hemp has its own unique attraction to fish, adding a few drops of this essential oil goes well with hemp. Adding the hemp with the anise oil into spod mixes is a proven great attractor to fish.

Use Anise Oil In Your Boilies

Many carp anglers use aniseed oil in their boilie mix to create great carp attractive boilies. The aniseed aroma tends to stay within the boilie better than a dipped bait because the boilie mix is basically cooked into the ball.

Use approximately, between 2 drops and a maximum of 2ml of anise oil per kg base mix.

Simply add the aniseed oil to the eggs before introducing the powdered dry base mix. After mixing the eggs and the powder together, just roll the sticky paste into a ball.

Finally, boil the balls for one minute, It’s during the boiling process that gives the outer skin its hardness. 

For making 1 kg of base mix, my personal recommendation is to add 3 drops up to a maximum of 2ml of anise oil.

Anise Oil Glug And Dip Baits

Any bait can be dipped into aniseed oil. Sweetcorn, boilies, and pellets are the best baits to coat with the aniseed oil. However, due to the water, it tends to wash away quite fast. Leaving the aniseed oil in a small tub of these baits helps the aroma of the oil last longer.

Add Anise Oil To Your Lures

One great trick to ensure that you get your lures coated and with a more lasting Anise aroma is by leaving them overnight in a ziplock bag. This also tends to prevent wasting the anise oil and the bag can be reused many times.

Apply it To Your Fishing Gear

One great thing you can do with Anise Oil is to apply it to your fishing equipment. You’ll be surprised at the scents and oils that we leave on all of our gear. Hooks, lures, and fishing lines are the common recipients of human scent. We keep the majority of this gear together in a box or bag that sits in our garage or house. 

Plus, when we’re attaching it, our hands are all over it. Our oils and smells attach themselves to the gear. Once everything gets in the water, our oils come off the lures, hooks, and line and can spook the fish. We want as little evidence of us in the water as we possibly can. 

Layout the line, lures, and hooks that are going to be used that day. Place them on a towel or something you don’t mind that might get a little wet and smell like Anise. 

Once you’ve done this, start applying Anise Oil to the equipment. You can do this by soaking the equipment in a plastic bag filled with the oil or taking a dropper and applying a few drops to each piece of equipment. You may have to use rubber gloves to cover the equipment with it. These are the two easiest and most efficient methods to use when looking to apply Anise Oil to your gear. 

You don’t have to worry about applying the oil to your rods and reels. These aren’t going to go in the water! Anything that touches the water should have a hint of oil on it. The scent is definitely attractive. 

What Fish Does Anise Oil Attract? 

Carp are well known to be attracted by aniseed-based baits

The vast majority of freshwater fish will be tempted by Anise Oil. You’d be surprised at how well it works, especially if you’re the first in the water or it’s something they haven’t experienced before. 


I don’t know many carp anglers that have not used aniseed in some part of the fishing baits at some period of their life. It’s a known additive for multiple attractants, baits, and mixes.

Carp love attractive highly smelling baits, in the winter when the carp tend to go off the feed aniseed can be the difference between catching or not.


Catfish anglers know that patience and big hunks of bait are some of the secrets to a successful catfish adventure. They use their barbels to sniff out any bait you throw in the water. No matter what bait you’re throwing, coating it with Anise Oil is going to bring in the fish even faster than you would expect. 


Crappies are suckers for Anise Oil. Regardless of where you’re fishing, most bodies of water are going to have a nice population of these. Coat the lure or soft plastic that you’re using with a light layer of Anise and you’ll be reeling them in with no time in between. 


Trout anglers might get mad at me for saying this, but Anise Oil is even a good option for them. We all know that trout are finicky and need to be fully convinced before they decide to take your bait. 

If your having a day on the water, that just doesn’t seem to be getting the trout interested, then a touch of Anise Oil on whatever you’re using might be the thing that the fish want. 


Bass anglers are purists and it’s understandable! Bass anglers want it to be as fair of a battle as possible. However, in this day in age, many of the soft plastics that you buy today have a bit of Anise inside of them. Adding a bit more oil isn’t a bad thing. When you know the fish should be biting and they aren’t, rub on some Anise and see what you can find.

What Lures are Best to Use with Anise Oil?

While Anise Oil is a liquid, it doesn’t always stick well on the lures that you’re using. Therefore, Anise Oil is going to be best used on a lure that has a bit rougher texture. 

The best lures for anise oils are ribbed soft plastics, soft materials, and rigged lures that can easily soak up the scent and taste of Anise Oil. Whether you’re soaking the lures in it or wiping them with it, the scent is going to easily hold. 

If you’re using a smooth lure, the best way to get the scent to stick is to soak the lure in some of the oil. Therefore, it’s not going to slide off and become useless as soon as the lure hits the water. Soak your lures in it for a few hours in the aniseed oil before you hit the water, and you’ll find that they hold their scent fairly well. 

Make Your Own Anise Oil

Anise seeds can be easily made into aniseed oil for fishing baits

Making your own Anise Oil isn’t as complicated as you might think. The first step is to purchase Anise seeds. These are easily available to buy at any large grocery store. 

  1. Once you have your seed, pour about a cup of it into a saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Let the seeds heat up and after you start smelling them, you can pour them into a ziplock bag. 
  1. With a rock or firm object, you can begin crushing the seeds into an almost powder-like texture. 
  1. Take some cooking oil (spray) and combine the seeds with it. The seeds and oil combination is going to create that scent! 
  1. If you don’t want to use seeds, you can even combine a tablespoon full of Anise extract, water, and some cooking spray. Combine a tablespoon of Anise extract with a cup of water.
  1. Next, take some of the cooking spray and spray it into the water and Anise extract. Hold your finger down for about 10 seconds. Make sure you hold the spray nice and close otherwise you’ll have a coating of oil on your surface. 
  1. Once you have enough spray in the cup, you can pour the entire combination into a Ziplock bag. 

Final Thoughts

Anglers have been using aniseed oil for a very long time, many do not even realize that many soft baits are already precoated with anise oil.

Carp specimen anglers have made aniseed oil part of their baits in various ways, there are not many that don’t carry a bottle with them.

I hope that this was an enjoyable read. You can learn more about fishing with spices here!