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shiverfix

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Many states are already regulating lead ammunition in some way.

From the studies I've seen, lead shot is far more detrimental to wildlife than lead fishing weights (and not for the obvious reason.. ;)). Eagles, crows, and other scavengers ingest lead when eating the animal remains that have been shot (either unfound shot animals for the leftover offal. However, waterfowl, loons in particular, have been found to get lead poisoning from ingesting lead weights.
 
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You all do know that they are trying to ban all lead weights/ lures containing lead and that would also include downrigger cannon balls and anchors. Other states have banned 1/4 oz and below which does make sense.
 
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I wouldn't want to live in a house with lead paint
Most paint jobs on plugs and lures have lead in them. Should they be banned?

I think we need to look at the lead issue in a reasonable way. Banning fishing lead and bullet/shot in the smallest sizes is a good thing for wildlife, but if you limited it to 2oz and smaller you would fix 99% of the problem with limited effect on fisherman. I'd buy tungsten or tin split shot. A tungsten downrigger ball? Not a chance.
 
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@gfisher2003 the bill isn't just banning lead weight. It bans the use of all lead completely for fishing (and the use of it in shotgun ammo while hunting). That means no lead weights, no jig heads, no lead weighted flies, no down rigger balls no lead whatsoever....at least that is how I read it.
Yeah well, all of those are good ideas. Banning the sale of feathers and organic materials used to tie flies is idiotic, because it’ll mean more synthetic junk lost in our local rivers and lakes. But lead should be banned from nature, it has no place there.
 
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You know, there are a lot of ways to fish for salmon that don’t involve two pound weights and a bobber’d anchovy. So you have to work harder for your fish - GOOD.
 
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Yeah well, all of those are good ideas. Banning the sale of feathers and organic materials used to tie flies is idiotic, because it’ll mean more synthetic junk lost in our local rivers and lakes. But lead should be banned from nature, it has no place there.

Lead is a natural occurring element that we mined from nature so it really does have a place there.
 
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You know, there are a lot of ways to fish for salmon that don’t involve two pound weights and a bobber’d anchovy. So you have to work harder for your fish - GOOD.
If you have ever fished in the ocean for salmon or fished in deeper water for them you would know that you have to use a good chunk of weight to get to those fish.
 
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Chlorine, arsenic, and cyanide are also naturally occurring, it doesn't mean you would want to dump them into a river.
 
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