Originally Posted by Cutthroat
Scents and salts work by "baiting" fish to take and/or hold onto your hook.*
I don't have a problem with it except that now I have to specifically hunt out plastics that don't have salt, empty my boat of any Yamamoto stuff (cuz all the Senkos and Yamamoto grubs have some salt) before I hit any artificial only water and create an entire new set of lure boxes for unsalted artificials.* It's expensive and it's a huge pain in the ass.
It seems to me that a reasonable compromise would have been to outlaw soft plastics that contain fish "food" such as Yum and Gulp and Power Bait and leave those that only have salt as legal.* The purpose of the reg was to keep people from fishing an "artificial" passively when it was likely that the "artificial" would be eaten and swallowed by the fish, causing mortality.* I have never had a fish "swallow" and "eat" a salted tube or a Senko.* Salt is promoted as a substance that may cause a fish to hang onto a lure slightly longer after you have deceived him into biting it, not as fish "food".* Yum and Gulp and Power Bait, for example, are specifically touted (and engineered by the manufacturers) to be actual fish food.*
I'm all for protecting fish populations through the use of reasonable regulations, but it seems to me that the outlawing of soft plastics that contain salt only crosses the line.*
In my opinion there was a less burdensome alternative that would have netted the same protection, at less cost in dollars and hassle to anglers.