S.A.F.E Green fishing gear ...no, its not green in color, but using it will keep the planet green.
Why do you care about using fishing gear that is environmentally safe? You only fish a few times a year and many times you return your fish to the lake....no matter that it's mouth is so badly damaged from your hook that it will probably die anyway. And those wiggly, squishy plastic worms...they won't do any harm
Do you want your children and grandchildren to enjoy hunting and fishing in years to come? Think about these facts.
When lead sinkers are lost through broken fishing lines or other means, they kill birds and fish...it's as simple as that. Loons, swans, ducks and geese eat them expecting them to be FOOD, and are poisoned. Eagles and other birds ingest lead by eating fish that have swallowed lead pellets. Maybe you or your family will eat one of those fish.....how do you think your body will react?
Plastic worms don't break down and often cause blockages in the intestines leading to a fish's death. Estimates suggest that soft plastic fishing lures and worms are responsible for as much as 20 million pounds of plastic left in fishing waters every year. (do you remember that torn plastic worm you tossed into the lake?...it's still there)
Try these alternatives......
- Tru-Turn J-Hooks .
- Daiichi Circle Hooks (2 sizes)
Circle hooks are a great choice for fishing with live or dead bait for larger fish like bass, catfish, walleye, pike or saltwater species. You don’t set the hook - the unique shape of these hooks automatically catches in the corner of the fish’s mouth almost every time to make for easier release, and eliminating deep "gut hooking" of the fish.
- Water Gremlin and Bullet Weights Tin Split Shot (4 sizes)
Water Gremlin and Bullet Weights are tin split shot that is pinched onto your line. The "wings" on each weight allow them to be removed and reused. Tin is an inexpensive alternative to lead, which is toxic....tin is not.
- Dr. Drop weights (3 sizes)
- Bullet Weights worm weights (2 sizes)
- Northland Nature Jigs (3 sizes)
A jig head helps prevent fish from swallowing the hook - something many fish are notorious for doing. There are countless molded baits designed to be placed onto a jig head.
- FoodSource Lures earthworms or mealworms
- Wooden float bobbers
- Bioline Biodegradable Fishing Line
Bioline biodegradable fishing line breaks down naturally in the environment in approximately 5 years (compared to up to 500 years with monofilament line) and is comparable in performance to conventional fishing lines.