I've been thinking about snags - since getting a bit more aggressive about where I fish, my snag rate has gone up. Rivers in general, wing dikes, brushpiles - where we catfisherman work is an inherently "snaggy" place. The week I joined BOC, the "hot topic" was members exhorting others not to try using WD40 as an attractant because "it damages water quality." I was too timid then, but I still wonder as I did back then: "You've left enough pure lead in the bottom of the river to walk from bank to bank without getting wet, and you're worried about a squirt of WD40???" So my question #1 is, are we fouling our own nest so to speak when we leave lead in the water? My second question about the potential harm of snags - what's the difference between a broken-off snag that still has bait and hook attached and a trot line that's put out and never checked? How often, do you think, do we end up killing a fish with our left-behind snags? So get with it, guys - invent a biodegradable weight heavier than lead and hooks that disintegrate after say 6 hours in the water, or invent a 100% snag-proof method of fishing (and make a zillion dollars).