get the lead out
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WiLDFiSH™ (formerly Kinger Fishing lead-free lures) started in a home garage on Cortes Island, creating just a few sizes of heavy lead-free lures that were bringing home massive catches. Eventually, operations moved to Vancouver Island and became WiLDFiSH™, a manufacturing company in the Comox Valley, producing a diverse lineup of premium lead-free lures designed for success in, deep ocean, weedy lakes, rocky shoreline, ice fishing, kayak fishing, and more.
#1. To manufacture amazing lures that catch FiSH!
#2. To promote low-impact fishing as a valuable survival skill, & a way to recharge and connect.
-LOVE THE WiLD-
#3. To use only the BEST eco-friendly components and materials.
Our metal alloys are certified 99.99% lead-free. Our jigs & weights contain no solder nor any fillers. Our alloy is a fine-tuned mixture of bismuth (Bi), which is an ingredient in Pepto-Bismol® an indigestion medication, and tin (Sn), which has been traditionally used for lining food-grade cans.
100% legal and safe to use where lead is banned (Canadian national parks, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Denmark, England, and Wales).
Our alloy is safer for birds of prey and waterfowl.
WHY LEAD IS BAD for us!
Q. "What are the environmental effects of lead in water?"
A. "Lead and lead compounds are generally toxic pollutants. Lead(II)salts and organic lead compounds are most harmful ecotoxicologically. Lead salts are attributed to water hazard class 2, and consequently are harmful. The same applies to lead compounds such as lead acetate, lead oxide, lead nitrate, and lead carbonate.
Lead limits plant chlorophyll synthesis. Nevertheless, plants can take up high levels of lead up to 500 ppm from soils. Higher concentrations negatively influence plant growth. Through plant uptake, lead enters food chains.
Lead exists as four stable isotopes, and no less than 26 unstable isotopes."
Q. "Can Lead Poising Be Fatal?"
A. "Lead has a fairly similar chemical structure to calcium. Both have two positively charged ions. Because of that, inside the body, the toxic metal can bind to the same proteins as the vital mineral. Over time, lead poisoning occurs as the element crowds out the minerals your body needs to function, including not just calcium, but iron, zinc, and other nutrients.
Lead can travel through the body in the same way that those minerals can, including passing through the brain-blood barrier and into the bones. As a result, exposure to lead—whether through paint, pipes, contaminated soil, or any other means—can be very dangerous, especially for children, for whom lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, delayed growth, brain damage, coma, and death. Scientists believe there is no safe threshold for lead exposure."
Q. "Is Lead Dangerous for Wildlife?"
A. "Wildlife, particularly waterbirds, can ingest fishing sinkers and jigs by mistaking sinkers and jigs for food items or by consuming lost fish bait with the line and weight still attached. Ingestion of a single lead sinker or lead-headed jig can be sufficient to be lethal for a bird.
Lead sinker and jig ingestion have been documented in 10 different wildlife species in Canada and 23 species in the United States including loons, swans, cranes, pelicans, cormorants, and other waterfowl.
Please do your own research. "Get the lead out!"
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