Fishing is one of the major economic activities, especially, for those who reside near water bodies. There are numerous techniques of fishing, and each one has its advantages as well as the several shortcomings. While many techniques are widely accepted, there
are some such as using corn as bait that draw controversies, and people from different places have varying opinions on their suitability.
Is fishing with corn illegal? This is one of the most pertinent questions that many ask. The answer is that the practice is not illegal in most states although ecologists post concerns regarding the use of corn chums every new day. There is more to fishing with corn that many people are still unaware of.
While many people have varying opinions on the topic, it shouldn’t be a matter of feeling. Instead, the question should be
addressed in line with the regulations of the specific jurisdiction where corn is used as bait. Corn fishing is one of the oldest practices of catching fish.You need to be well aware of the laws governing your locality lest you find yourself in trouble while fishing.
Also, there is a need to clearly understand why many people persist using corn as bait for catching trout even in cases where the practice is prohibited. Is there ecological harm as many environmentalists insist? Also, are there other fishing-related issues that are
contentious? Answering these questions is vital in ensuring that you stay safe from colliding with the authorities.
Why Fish Using Corn?
Well, there exist many reasons as to why many people have conventionally stuck to using this material despite claims of an ecological impact as well as health issues to the fish. Some of the reasons why many people use corn chumming especially in fishing
- Corn is attractive. Fish have eyes that are designed to note exotic materials in the environment. They decode any bright looking substances as food. Corn fits this billing of being bright enough to attract fish from far, especially, in clear waters. The yellow color mimics that of many foods that are found in water bodies and which fish typically feed on. When edible materials such as other sea animals rot, they also tend to look like corn. Therefore, this makes the stuff look like a viable delicacy to the fish drawing them to the hook.
- Corn has a distinctive aromatic smell. Trout are attracted to foods that have a characteristic sweet odor, and this makes it easy to draw much fish from far.
- It is cheap. Most people who use corn practice small scale fishing. Most of them, therefore, do this using handheld fishing lines that are cheap to acquire. Consequently, it follows that not many would be willing to invest in expensive commercial bait to catch a few fish meant for local consumption or leisure for others. It is, therefore, logical that corn is the most widely used material, primarily due to its ease of availability at a pocket-friendly cost.
- It is easy to use. Have you ever tried to fix a worm on the fishing hook? Well, if you have, probably you know how annoying the experience can be as the worm wriggles while you try to fix it appropriately. With corn, this is not an issue of concern as the material is not live. All you need is to stick your hook onto the corn, and you are set to begin fishing almost immediately.
Therefore, it is for the reasons mentioned above that many people find it highly comfortable to use corn for fishing. However, the big question is to why there exist concerns regarding its continued use. Also, are the concerns valid or mere imaginations that haven’t been proved?
It is almost impossible to talk about corn fishing without referring to chumming. It is a process that involves putting immense amounts of corn over a particular area to attract large masses of fish. The following are some of the issues that are related to the use of corn in chumming:
- Not easily digestible. When humans consume corn, it is likely to find large pieces of the undigested material in their wastes. This means that corn is not high digestible even in human beings who have superior digestive systems. The issue becomes more pronounced in fish that have less developed digestive systems. Once ingested, the corn is trapped into the system of the fish leading to its death within a short period. Therefore, the claim that corn is harmful to fish cannot be overstated. It is indeed true that the bait will cause digestion issues that will harm the animal.
- Fish dead from corn consumption pollute the water.When corn chumming is done on a massive scale, there are chances that many fish will die as a result of indigestion. This greatly affects the fish population in a particular area where chumming has been done. Also, the impact of the dead fish on environmental pollution cannot be underrated. It is a serious issue that can cause an imbalance to the ecosystem if not handled as swiftly as possible.
- Chumming affects other organisms. There’s a natural way in which the predator-prey relationship ensure that there is balance in any environment. Introduction of corn chums alters this balance as the foreign materials introduced may prompt the excessive growth of materials such as sea algae. It is fish that feed on such materials. And since corn chumming results in a decline of the fish population via deaths caused by indigestion, the excess algae growth can significantly negatively impact the environment.
- Corn chumming results in overfishing. Overfishing is the process whereby the fish caught are more than the ones that are left to procreate. Use of corn chumming draws large masses of fish towards the bait, and this enables fishers to catch large masses of fish than usual. This is very harmful especially to the long term sustainability of the fishing industry. When more fish are caught without control, it becomes impossible for others to grow. This ends up creating a shortage.
What do US States Say on The Topic?
Utah and Oregon
As there are glaringly visible advantages and disadvantages of using corn as bait for fishing, various States have set regulations that govern their fishing industries. In Oregon and Utah, it is illegal to chum using corn and those caught doing the act are liable to prosecution under the states’ laws. The reason behind this restriction is to ensure that the adverse effects of chumming are not
experienced in their waters. However, in these states, fishing using hooks and lines are still allowed. This means that if you reside in Utah or Oregon, you can fish using your line but using different bait other than corn.
In many other states in the country, the rules are a little more lenient. This means that no law prohibits fishing with corn chum. However, most of the states are clear on the rules to be followed in cases on corn chumming. For example, most states have
certain restricted areas where chumming is allowed and fishers are supposed to do so only within these places. Also, the method of fishing s controlled in that where fishing with corn is enabled; only hooks should be used. This means that other fishing techniques such as the use of nets and trawlers are prohibited within the baited waters.
Is Fishing Cruel?
These are also some of the most common questions that many people ask themselves when the idea of fishing comes across. Since ancient times, fishing has been done as a leisure activity. Mainly, there are particular water bodies, most of which are artificial, where people conduct fishing activities as a sport. The process involves catching fish and returning them to the waters after some time. This is an activity that is done by people who are out on a team building exercise or as a family. Mostly, the fishing technique used is the hook and bait method that involves catching fish by its mouth. It is this technique that raises questions especially from animal rights activists who believe that the technique used is cruel to the fish.
Is Fishing a Sport?
The reasons put across by many other animal rights activists regarding the impact of these activities are entirely correct to a significant extent. For instance, many argue that the technique itself is torturous to the fish as it pierces its mouthparts. The
fish hurts when it’s returned to the water source. There is a chance of catching the same animal once again, but is highly unlikely unless they are extremely hungry. Use of other available catching techniques such as nets is an appropriate alternative that is relatively harmless to the fish.