I want to talk today about disposing of your soft plastic baits properly. Soft plastics these days, whether they’re stick baits, worms, frogs, or grubs, you can buy them impregnated with scent and heavily salted, so when fish pick them up they feel so natural and taste so good, you get a great hook set.
Here’s the problem, though: After we’ve caught maybe five, six, or seven fish on a particular bait, they get chewed up and worn out. Anglers tend to throw them overboard, they sink to the bottom and—because they look so natural and taste so good—fish end up ingesting them.
We’re finding more and more Walleye, Lake Trout, Yellow Perch, Black Crappies, etc., with baits inside their stomach and they do not deteriorate. They can harm the fish. So just put a garbage bag inside the boat and dispose of your soft plastics when you get home.
Happy Fish’n,Gord “The Doc” Pyzer