Carl Wengenroth of The Anglers Lodge on Lake Amistad recently picked up these baits along the shore at the world-class bass fishery on the Rio Grande River.
"This is just from a 25-yard stretch," says Wengenroth, who was working a weigh-in at nearby Black Brush ramp.
"Took only about 5 minutes to get these."
This photo serves as a painful reminder that we still have much work to do in keeping discarded plastic baits out of our waters. We must lead by example, properly disposing of used baits. We must encourage others to do the same. And we must pick up after those oblivious to the damage they do with their sloblike behavior.
By the way, plastic baits typically lose their color and swell after extended time in the water. The latter can be especially harmful for fish that swallow them.