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FoodSource Lure Corporation

Salco Lures

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Biodegradable lures making gains [cached]

Auburn graduate Doug Ollis took the idea to the school's fisheries unit after his dog ate a bag of plastic worms (!). Ollis is now a partner at FoodSource Lures, too.

FoodSource Lure Corporation - Press Room [cached]

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.
Ollis 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 said.

FoodSource Lure Corporation - Press Room [cached]

The idea for developing an "edible" artificial lure was originated by FoodSource Lures partner Doug Ollis, after the family pet ingested several plastic baits.

"I immediately saw the need for a lure that would not harm animals, birds, or wildlife that might eat it," Ollis said.
Ollis approached AU with the idea, and a team of scientists in its Department of Nutrition and Food Science went to work.
After two-and-a-half years of laboratory research, field testing by AU fisheries scientists, and some market analysis by AU business faculty, Ollis said he had what he was seeking.

FoodSource Lure Corporation - Press Room [cached]

Doug Ollis, a partner in FoodSource, was moved to ask Auburn, his alma mater, to make an edible lure after his dog passed a mess of plastic lizards it had eaten from a bag Ollis left out.

Thinking that the dog was fortunate to have survived, Ollis said he wondered what effect the indigestible plastics might have on fish and other wildlife.
He was most concerned about the impact such discarded lures might have on the bald eagle population around a popular bass lake in southeastern Alabama.

FoodSource Lure Corporation - Press Room [cached]

They are based upon the idea of Doug Ollis, an outdoorsman whose family dog ingested a bag of plastic fishing worms about three years ago and required surgery when the plastics failed to pass through the dog.Knowing that fish that engulf plastic lures sometimes die, Ollis wondered about a safer lure, such as one made from fish parts.

Ollis, now a part-time marketing consultant for FoodSource, went to Auburn and approached Wright, using candy gummy worms as an example.
"I've even seen Doug and Roy, as a way to get people's attention and prove they're safe, eat a lure," Wright said.

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