The waters of the United States are not for dumping, and if you look at the picture Hilary Hughes, a college angler had posted on her Facebook page. you can see whyMany fishing areas around the U.S. are becoming lure only for this reason and a few others, but the safety of wildlife is important to our fish population health.
“Is it a male fish part,” asked Hilary’s grandmother
No, but it’s exactly how fish lose their health and die a sometimes slow painful death. Hilary's story about her grandmother's reply is a funny one. But the cold hard facts of the issue are not. The plastics become lodged in the fish and it’s not a pretty sight and a freaky thing to see a poor fish suffering so. There's nothing fun about intestinal blockage is not a good way to die. It keeps the fish from eating. Sometimes the fish may steal your bait, but the best way to keep the pileup of lures off the bottom or floating around for fish to eat is not to thrown them overboard.
In a 2011 B.A.S.S. magazine article title, “Don’t toss spent plastics overboard,” about conservation Joe Ford tells the story of landing a ten-pound bass and in going to dress it notice a wad of plastics in the stomach. The wad ended up being 12 plastic worm lures, without hooks. These baits were obviously thrown out by the fishermen who found them no longer useful.
Didn’t we learn in nursery school and kindergarten not to litter, in this day and age do people really still do it? Surprised, yes and no, writing about fishing I’ve had the privilege of seeing what human beings can do to wildlife and it destroys valuable resources. Maybe anglers and non-anglers can’t adjust the fish populations immediately but we can stop using the beautiful waters we have been so blessed with as a garbage can.
Just a gentle reminder
Labor Day is right around the corner and many people will be on the waters and near them. Make it a point to take a garbage bag with you and throw everything you take with you on the water in it that you find you no longer want.
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