Please remember to properly dispose of your used plastic baits. They don’t belong in the water or on the shore.
Yeah, you’re going to lose a bait occasionally. It happens.
But anecdotal evidence suggests that far too many soft plastics still are carelessly tossed overboard or dropped on the ground.
Bill Frazier, conservation director for the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation, reeled in this chunk trailer (photo above) as he was throwing a crankbait along a long point at High Rock Lake.
Note the trailer’s size. Frazier estimated it at 7 to 8 inches long and about an inch thick. Plastics swell in the water, and if a bass eats enough of them, they can block its digestive tract, leading to emaciation and maybe even death.
On the positive side, B.A.S.S. members are making a difference, since Eamon Bolton, Florida’s conservation director, initiated a collection and recycling program for plastic baits.
“I think the pro (Elite), Open, and Weekend Series guys are taking it seriously,” Frazier said. “But there appear to be some gaps.
“Maybe a reminder?”
Here it is: Please don’t toss those baits.