By Mike Stevens
In the movie The Beach a tribe of like-minded travelers live together on a hidden beach on an island off the coast of Thailand. Not a great film, but underrated in my opinion.
Among the group is the dude who cooks for the whole clan, Unhygenex – due to his obsession with soap – who, for obvious reasons, constantly has fish on the menu. As a result, he always reeks of fish no matter how much he scrubs his hands with soap, and when the main character, Richard (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) goes on a rice run to the mainland, Unhygenex begs Richard to find him a solution for his problem.
"I need something toxic, something industrial!" is the line that always makes me chuckle.
Here in the real world, that particular problem is a reality, to some degree, for those of us who catch fish, and especially for those of us who catch and eat them. Luckily for us, a legit solution exists, and it has actually been out there for over a decade.
De-Fishing Soap is the result of a wife growing tired of her hubby's post-fishing-trip funk consulting her chemist uncle and coming up with the first bar (now also available in liquid form) after gobs of testing and tweaking.
While the recipe remains secret, we can say that it's made up of a blend of essential oils from around the world and no animal products, and it works unbelievably well.
“We just wanted to smell good once we were done” Nate Gaudioso of De-Fishing Soap said.
To take on any skeptics, when the De-Fishing Soap guys set up shop at an event or trade show, they plop a rock cod into a tray and leave it out there all day for attendees to stankify their hands on, and then give the soap a try. Talk about confidently putting your stuff out there.
It's not just for your hands either. You can also clean your filet knife, cutting board, or any other affected kitchen item with it. You can use it prior to fishing – or hunting for that matter – to remove sunscreen, outboard gas, baloney, or anything else that you may have come in contact with that might tip off your quarry. If you like camping in bear country, you will also appreciate not having to go to sleep in your tent with trout-scented hands.