My article Discarded Baits Could Be a Fish Killer . . . has generated lots of interest and quite a few comments.
Everyone agrees: Pocket the plastics; don’t throw them away.
Here are three comments from those in the fishing business:
Teeg Stouffer, executive director of Recycled Fish, found a plastic bait in a crappie that he cleaned this past spring. That’s his photo above.
“Didn’t kill the fish,” he says. “But I’m sure it limited its growth potential.
“How does a crappie get a plastic lure in its belly that doesn’t have a hook in it? Only one way: Someone threw it overboard. It’s not likely they (crappie) can tear it off a jighead.”
A second commenter says the following:
“Glad that you brought that up. I think it (discarded plastics) might be the No. 1 reason for fish fatalities, especially in smaller impoundments like farm ponds, where there’s a lot of pressure.
“Anglers don’t have a clue they could be cutting off their nose to spite their face.”
And a third:
“Read your article on old plastics eaten by bass and you are 100 percent right. When we were younger, we brought home a small bass to put in our large aquarium --- not knowing that was probably against the law.
“Some anglers from our fishing club came to the house for a meeting. One of the jokester types decided to see if ‘Bo’ would eat a purple plastic worm.
“He did. And several days later, he passed a white worm. Bo was fine, but I can see where bass that eat numerous discarded plastics would die. I know they eat them.”