View Full Version : Should Lead Sinkers Be Banned ?

01-07-2007, 02:04 PM
If lakes and ponds ever freeze over this winter, ice anglers won't be able to use lead to sink their lines.

As of the first of the year, lead sinkers, half- ounce or smaller, are illegal for use and sale in Vermont.

The new law, which was passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2004, came out of a concern for wildlife lead poisoning. Those caught using lead sinkers could lose their fishing licenses for up to three years.

What do you think? Should lead sinkers small enough to be ingested by loons, eagles, herons, kingfishers, be banned everywhere they post a threat?

01-07-2007, 03:30 PM
Cherie, That rule has been in effect in NY for a couple of years now. While I am not a fan of the law, I have become accustomed to using the new materials. The biggest problem I have is in jigs. A 1/8 oz jig head of lead is significantly smaller than a 1/8 oz jig head of any of the new (affordable) materials. This causes a slightly slower drop rate (not always bad) and a larger profile bait (not always good).