Inventor Touts Herring Farts as Attractant with New Fish-Sounds App

Gas-passing sound is one of 70 that reportedly bring in game fish

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We know herring used as bait catch salmon, but does the sound of herring farts draw the big kings near?Doug Olander

I'm really not one for bathroom humor, but I have to say, the video (attached below) that I just watched at the TalkWithFish website had me rolling with laughter. I never knew that herring farted. Why didn't someone tell me?

But hey, now you too can listen to this delightful intonation — a sound that TalkWithFish says attracts and lures game fish — and you can even buy the app! That plus a speaker or maybe even a waterproof smartphone case turn you and your boat into an instant hydrophone.

I first learned about this website from an article at therepublic.com. The article interviewed TalkWithFish's creator Greg Bambenek, who originally marketed fish-attracting scents in the 1980s. The fish-sound app costs 99 cents and features more than 70 sounds for 25 freshwater and saltwater game-fish species, including striped bass, bluefish and salmon.

So far, I see no customer ratings in the iTunes app store for TalkWithFish. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it. But here’s one consolation: If it doesn’t help catch fish, it’s still a great prank — remember the whoopee cushion?