Discussion Topic: On Plastic Baits And Sick Trout

Last spring, in his March column, F&S Fishing Editor John Merwin reported that plastic baits pose potential environmental and health hazards, that fish are eating plastic baits and dying, and that a switch (mandatory or otherwise) to biodegradable baits could be in our future.

Here's the latest, from _Maine's The Republican Journal:
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_The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife strongly encourages anglers to protect Maine's fish by changing from soft plastic lures to biodegradable ones.
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_A discarded soft plastic lure consumed by a brook trout from the bottom of a freshwater shoal likely remains in that fish's stomach for the rest of its life and may cause health issues such as ulcers and weight loss. . . .
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_"We strongly encourage anglers to voluntarily purchase biodegradable and food-based lures rather than soft plastic ones," said [IF&W Pathologist Dr. Russ] Danner.
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_"Also, we are asking anglers not to discard plastic lures into any waters . . . ."
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So how about you? Would you consider making the switch?