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One thing I like about fishing with real bait is that if a fish steals your bait it gets a wee feed, but if its a plastic worm that the fish steals and eats what happens. I'm worried that fish may get sick and die :'(  . What do y'all think?  

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They digest it out like anything else.

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Bass will "pass" the plastic.  I have caught many that had a plastic worm almost completely out, still whole and not digested.  

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Yup, they pass it out like anything else.  Studies have been done that show that no drastic effect happens when a bass inahales a soft plastic.  I have caught several bass that have had plastics dangling from their lower extremity.  If you catch one that does, my suggestion is that you DO NOT assist in the removal of it, cause it could cause more problems.  Mom Nature is doing her job so that the bass will pass it on it's own, and that's all the bass really needs, is Mom Nature and time.

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Now with bubble gum worms they do blow bubbles ;D

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When a bass has a plastic around its extremities, leave it there!!  The females have become very demanding for safe sex ;)

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I think all fish have the ability to pass anything that does not agree with them. My four year old neice was feeding my oscar plastic worms and he passed them fine.  It freaked me out until I figured out what was going on. I was like  :o, what is that!

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that's his pet.  Here is my Oscar.  My brothers mastiff ate a whole loaf of bread and when the bag was showing itself, the vet said to let it go naturally, pulling can do damage.

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Dumpster is a 9 yr old male.  I recued him from a neglectful owner.  He had been left in a 90 degree tank for an unknown amount of time but when I got him, the fins were gone,he couldn't swim more than a foot before gliding to the borttom and he had a slime coat  that was thicker than flu snots!

Now he's healthy as can be with an apetite like a bass.  He's on a strict feeding schedule so as not to have a messy tank.

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 Yeah...a candleholder...thats the ticket.... ;D

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