To quote Red Forman from “That ‘70s Show”: “Holy Crap!”
Legislation is being proposed in Maine to ban the use of soft plastic baits. And to show you just how uninformed the perpetrators of this idiocy are, they refer to the baits as “rubber.” Never mind that no scientific research indicates that fisheries are harmed by use of the baits.
Keep America Fishing says this:
“On January 17, state Representative Paul Davis introduced H.P. 37/L.D.42, legislation that would prohibit the use of all 'rubber' lures.
“The legislation seeks to ban ‘rubber’ baits but does not define the term.
"Even so, the intent of the legislation is clear – to ban the soft baits that Maine anglers use every day.
“Technically, there are no ‘rubber’ baits on the market as soft baits are made from various substances, none of which are rubber. The bill would even ban biodegradable soft baits currently available. The legislation does nothing to encourage further understanding of this perceived problem or to improve angler education on the use of soft baits.”
Please, go directly to Keep America Fishing to send a letter to the Maine Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife opposing this bill.”
Coverage of this issue also is at Bassmaster.com.