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ReBaitsŪ: Recycle Soft Plastic BaitsMarch 3, 2012
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation is launching ReBaitsŪ. ReBaits is designed to keep potentially discarded soft plastic baits out of the water and out of the stomachs of bass, and into recycling, not landfills.
In September 2011, B.A.S.S. Times Senior Writer Robert Montgomery described the story of Joe Ford, an angler who had caught a 10-pound bass that died. The bass' stomach contents revealed that the bass had eaten 12 large soft plastic lures, which had created a mass in the bass' belly. "Too many anglers tear worn baits off their hooks and toss them over the side," said Montgomery in his monthly conservation column. "Either they do so without thinking about it, or they believe that a little bit of plastic can't hurt anything. They are wrong."
At the March B.A.S.S. Nation meeting, each club representative was given a ziplock bag to kickoff the program. Each bag has contact information to return and recycle the baits. A collection bin will be available at all B.A.S.S. Nation events such as the Junior Tournament of Champions in June and the Adult Tournament of Champions in September. Also each B.A.S.S. Nation tournament contestant will be given a ReBaits bag and we will be attempting to partner with our tournament organizations in Minnesota.
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation will be partnering with MG Lures to help sort and recycle the soft plastic baits. Mickey Goetting, owner of MG Lures, "We hope this project will be a win for all parties involved. We will keep plastic out of lakes and rivers and these lures will be recycled and given to youth."
If you are interested in partnering with the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation, contact Mickey Goetting, Conservation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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