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Your bait’s handbook for revenge

October 17, 2017

A rusty crayfish. Photo courtesy of Ashour Rehana/Creative Commons.
A rusty crayfish. Photo courtesy of Ashour Rehana/Creative Commons.

If you’re being used as bait in recreational fishing, you’re already on the losing end of the situation. Unless the person who owns the bait bucket you’re stuck in is a knucklehead. Then you’re a piece of bait in luck! There’s the chance that when your angler is done fishing for the day he or she might just tip the bait bucket into the water, in which case, you can begin to plot your revenge. And oh, what sweet revenge it will be.

In your new home, where you were unceremoniously dumped after escaping a near-death experience, you will make it your mission to survive. More than that, you will do your best to reproduce and dominate your new stretch of water. As the years go by anglers, and perhaps even the original clown who released you from the bait bucket, will find that you have made yourself a general nuisance in the area. If things go according to plan, you’ll outcompete local animals and devastate the underwater environment. Let mayhem reign!

Ok, so the intentional revenge plotting on the part of your fishing bait might be farfetched, but the rest of the scenario is all true. Poor bait bucket etiquette is one of the major ways that we get aquatic invaders where we really don’t want them. The rusty crayfish is one baitfish revenge story the Midwest continues to battle against.

What would a revenge story be without redemption? No, there’s no helping the antics of the escaped bait. It’s the anglers who can change the ending to this story. There are a number of ways you can properly dispose of your bait when you’re done fishing for the day. Each state has its own preferred disposal method, so know your state’s rules before you hit the water.

Here are some options to get you started:

  • Waste not! Take the bait home for another fishing outing.
  • Sharing is caring. Offer your extra bait to other anglers.
  • The final chapter. Bag your bait in a sealed container and put them in the garbage.

Squash your bait’s revenge plans before they get out of the bucket. Proper bait disposal is one of the easiest and best ways you can protect your favorite fishing spot.