New York Harbor Pollution and the Striper's ability to smell
New York Harbor and its surrounding waters are known to be heavily polluted, and I have had first hand experience in this (after dropping my bait off a pier, I have frequently encountered oil on my sinker, line, and hooks). After reading about the Striper's keen sense of smell and the detailed approaches some take in order to ensure their baits are not spoiled with the various scents of one's hands, I was wondering if this approach would matter in the harbor. Once I throw my bait in, it will come into contact with various other items of crap, and spoil its scent, wouldn't it? Or have the harbor Striper's overcome this pollution and have a very refined sense of smell? Also, could this point to the greater effectiveness of lures in these waters if smell is not the dominant factor?
One more thing, how the fishing been for you harbor guys this year, overall (the Tautog fishing has been good so far at least.)
BTW, I have tried searching for this topic among the threads and google. Nothing, except for a story about how pollution affects a salmon's sense of smell and ability to find its native spawning grounds.