Soft plastics are on the 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 that all soft 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. Make your voice heard!
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.