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Soft baits

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« on: May 02, 2009, 08:47:26 am »

Anyone tried this stuff?

I have heard they are talking bout banning them cos people are catching their quotas too fast.  I wanna try them though.  A mate has a fishing charter out of Kawhia, he took out 15 peole yesterday and they were back in Kawhia in 45 minutes with everyone having caught their quota.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009, 10:07:24 am »



They are the bees knees as unlike real bait they stay on the hook, per se, and with a little fish oil on them are very effective.
how ever one has to be where the fish are and have some idea of tackle and rod handling.
easy enough as kids learn real quick one they are shown.

As to banning them???
Fly fishing has been using similar for ever buggered if I know but I do prefer the challenge of using fresh bait. However using flyfishing gear in sea is also a cool trip.

The Great Bait Debate
Fishing enthusiasts have long argued about the advantages of artificial lures versus natural bait. These days, however, the discussion has gotten more complicated. Some fishing experts in Maine are calling for a ban on nonbiodegradable rubber worms.

‘These soft rubber baits are everywhere,’ said Bob Van Riper, a regional fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. ‘If you walk into any sports store they have a row of them in there. The problem is that when the fish eat these worms, they only break down marginally. The bottom line is they are taking in an artificial substance that does them no good.’
The worms can also end up polluting lake beds, and may affect other animals down the food chain. Fishermen love the rubber worms because they hook more fish—they have “more shape and more action,” anti-artificial-bait activist Bill Gagnon admits, and are often scented with attractive smells. But there’s another argument for their use: Studies have shown that using artificial bait in catch-and-release fishing reduces mortality rates. In fact, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife may ban the use of live bait at certain fishing spots, because it increases incidences of “deep hooking” that damage fish that are released back into the water.

So, live bait or artificial bait? The answer, according to Bill Gagnon, is probably to require that artificial bait be biodegradable. But that would necessitate pressure on the manufacturing companies, either from the fishermen themselves, or from lawmakers. So far, no one’s biting.

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Scented Soft Baits
In recent years questions have been raised over the legality of scented ‘soft baits’ for trout fishing.  Any scented lure constructed of or treated with elements that have chemical attractant properties have now been clearly defined for all Fish and Game regions as ‘Bait’.  Therefore any scented ‘soft baits’ or other lures which have been treated with a preparation to attract fish will only be able to be used where bait fishing is permitted.  In the Nelson/Marlborough region these generally are the lower reaches of the main rivers that are open to fishing year round.
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