Give 5, Pick up Discarded Fishing Line

The problems cause by discarded fishing line to wildlife are so well known, I assume that anyone that deliberately leaves fishing line around streams and lakes

  1. Just doesn’t care
  2. Lack the intelligence to know better
  3. Are too young to read

We could cut the young and dumb some slack, but few of the very young or the infirm go fishing by themselves. You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem and you are responsible for teaching your children. No more excuses for slobs that just don’t care.

Discarded Fishing Line Kills Wildlife

There are countless cases of wildlife (fish, aquatic birds and mammals) being killed or maimed by discarded fishing line. I have personally removed fishing line from Osprey chicks that were trapped in the nest and would have certainly lost a leg and died a slow agonizing death. Fishing line is also a big threat to sea turtles and has also been blamed for damaging coral reefs.

There is not much that can be done about fishing line that is lost when we get snagged in deep water, but there is no excuse for leaving discarded fishing line behind or tossing a “bird’s nest” in the water.

For those that just learned how to read, take a piece of fishing line and make a slip knot. Put your finger inside the loop and pull it as tight as you can. If you still think it is acceptable to toss fishing line on the ground or in the water, then make a bigger loop and put your head into it and make sure you do this before you breed.

PioPod (Pack it Out Pod)

A friend recently sent a PioPod microtrash container to me as a gift. I clipped it on my fishing vest and now have a place for those small pieces of fishing line that used to fall out of my pockets. Check it out.

Lack of Education?

Everyone says it’s simply an education problem. So, if  they (littering slobs) knew what I know, would they think like I do? Or, if I knew what they know (and only what they know), would I think like they do?

Part of the problem with education, is everyone is born a blank slate. So just as we all have to be taught not to piss in our pants, we have to be taught how to appreciate and respect the outdoors and to help limit our effects on the environment.

Speaking of pissing our pants, who hasn’t found dirty diapers tossed out somewhere? A bullet is too good for these people. Several years ago, I was sitting on a ridge during the elk season. A truck slowly drove up the road on the other side of the valley. The truck stopped and a guy in full camo got out and changed the baby’s diaper on the tailgate. What a dad! Baby sitting while hunting and teaching his kids about the great outdoors. Then I watched him toss the diaper off the side of the road and drive away. My high hopes for his next generation sank.

There ought to be a law, right? Well, there ought to be someone to enforce the law. But that’s not working out to well is it?

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I will Give 5

Since nobody else is going to do anything about it, I guess it’s up to those of us that care about the places we fish to pick up fishing line and trash. I even hate the thought of picking up after some ignorant “A-hole” slob, but I hate the discarded line and trash more. Not just because it looks bad, but also because of the potential dangers it presents to wildlife.

I pick up fishing line every time I fish or walk to the water (usually longer than 5 minutes). Yes, my fishing time is as precious as anyone’s, but I want to make the places I fish cleaner and safer. Will five minutes make a difference? Yes, five minutes makes a big difference in a small area.Try it.

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  1. Mary Shirley Gardiner says

    How do we set up a group to clear a local lake/pond of discarded fishing lines

    • If it is a place that gets lots of trash, that means it gets lots of traffic. There should be as many people that don’t litter and do pick up other people’s trash as those that do litter. If there is a fishing club that visits that area, start trying to organize there.

      Otherwise, spend 5 or 10 minutes picking up trash and especially fishing line every time you visit.

      We are supposed to leave each recreation place better than we found it. In most cases, we can’t do much except to pick up litter some jerk left behind.

      Fishing line is a particularity bad version of litter because of the danger it presents to fish and wildlife, especially if fish hooks are attached.

      Thanks for your help.

  2. Md Jamirul Islam says

    Fishing lines are very dangerous to wildlife and fish if they are attached to barbs or hooks. A part from that, many people throw different type of garbage in the habital of fish and harm the fish. We should keep a watch full eye that on one throws all this garbage.

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