On January 17, a bill was introduced in the state of Maine 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. The bill would even ban biodegradable soft baits currently available.
KeepAmericaFishing™ is not aware of any study of fish in the wild regarding problems with soft baits. To the contrary industry research involving literally thousands of soft baits to test fish of many species (particularly bass and trout) has indicated minimal problems for the fish involved. The research experience is that the fish either regurgitate or pass the baits without problem.
The legislation does nothing to encourage further understanding of this perceived problem or to improve angler education on the use of soft baits. This ban could seriously impact the future of fishing in Maine and it’s economy. Ultimately, it could affect anglers across the United States by setting a precedent for other similar bans.