While demonstrating a new bait to a fishing industry colleague last week, Doug Ollis of Salco Lures did all of the usual stuff. He
laid the bait flat on his
colleague's desk to show its meticulous design.He
dangled it by its tail to demonstrate its flexibility.Then when he
was done, Ollis bit off a chunk of the bait, chewed it up and swallowed it.
"We certainly don't recommend eating these things," Ollis
said, laughing."They're not produced in sanitary conditions --- and they taste terrible.But I've eaten several just to prove my point that these aren't the same old soft-plastic baits."
The idea for a biodegradable fishing lure came to Ollis
more than two years ago when a family pet ingested several traditional plastic baits.As he researched the idea, he learned that plastic lures pose many dangers to fish, birds and other forms of wildlife.He
was convinced there had to be a better way. Ollis
presented the idea to his boss, Diaz-Verson, and they approached fisheries professor Dr. Russell Wright at Auburn.
So when Doug
came to me with this idea I was interested.
demonstrated their effectiveness Wednesday at the university lakes just off campus.Without even moving the baits to simulate live action, Ollis
floated one of the new lures under a bobber, landing several giant bream and several small catfish.
"They hit it with it sitting still because it's food," Ollis