Soft plastic lures are on the government’s chopping block in the state of Maine.
On Jan. 17, state Representative Paul Davis introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of all “rubber” lures.
The bill does not define “rubber,” which is not a standard material for soft baits, so it leaves it open the possibility that all soft artificial baits would be prohibited if the bill is passed.
Tomorrow, the state’s Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a public hearing on this bill.
KeepAmericaFishing officials released a statement last week, noting that it is not aware of any study of fish in the wild regarding problems with soft baits and that research experience is that fish either regurgitate or pass baits that they ingest.
“We are very grateful for our alert and connected Maine B.A.S.S. Nation folks who contacted us concerning this proposed legislative action,” said Noreen Clough, B.A.S.S. national conservation director. “Immediately, we joined forces with American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and its KeepAmericaFishing advocacy site to squash this ill-conceived proposal. B.A.S.S. Conservation is the home of the ReBaits program, providing recycling for discarded plastics in 37 states, Canada and South Africa. When anglers bring discarded plastic baits in, there is absolutely no need to legislate a ban on their use.”