On January 17, state Representative Paul Davis introduced H.P. 37/L.D.42, legislation that would prohibit the use of all “rubber” lures for recreational fishing. The legislation seeks to ban “rubber” baits with rubber being undefined. Even so, the intent of the legislation is clear – to ban the soft baits that Maine anglers – and anglers throughout the world - use every day.Technically, there are no “rubber” baits on the market as soft baits are made from various substances, none of which are rubber. The bill would even ban biodegradable soft baits currently available. The legislation does nothing to encourage further understanding of this perceived problem or to improve angler education on the use of soft baits. There is a wide variety of types, sizes and shapes of soft baits and few cause problems, even in laboratory experiments.On Tuesday, February 5th, Maine's Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a public hearing regarding this bill.Send your message today to the Committee urging them to oppose this bill.
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