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Maine Cautions Anglers on Soft Plastic Lure Disposal

Soft plastic lures are popular fishing tackle; and just like all other equipment, it’s your responsibility to properly maintain and dispose of them. Over the years, plastic lures have been improperly used and disposed of, consequently ending up on lake bottoms or in fish stomachs. Do your part by following these steps:

1. Properly dispose of soft plastic lures

Always dispose of used lures in a trash can or recycling canister. Several Maine boat launches offer bait recycling canisters, and many local fishing clubs and retailers also offer bait recycling programs.

2. Secure your lure

Secure your hook to help your lure stay where it belongs. Not only does this help preserve the quality of the fishery and water, but also saves you money from not losing lures and reduces time spent rebaiting.

There are several ways and products available to secure your lure. One popular method for soft plastic worms is using an O-ring, click here to watch a video to learn how to use an O-ring. Don’t have an O-ring? No problem, you can do the same thing with a simple zip-tie!

Another option is to use a hook with a twist lock or built-in bait holding device. Examples are Mustad Ultra point Impact soft plastic hooks or Owner Twistlock hooks.

Bait stops, super glue, and swimbait keepers are other great options. Learn more and find out which option will work best for you!

3. Check your bait often

It is time to replace or repair your lure if:

  • The lure keeps sliding down the hook
  • The lure has a minor cut
  • The plastic is stretched or brittle
  • You have caught several fish and worked the lure over abrasive cover
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This awareness campaign is in partnership with the American Sportfish Association’s national Pitch It campaign. 

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