Fishbites is a synthetic alternative to natural cut bait. It works on the same principles that natural cut baits do. You have a piece of exposed flesh with a hook in it. The exposed flesh releases juices that dissolve into the water and create a scent trail. Fish detect the juices, then track and attempt to eat the flesh, and with a little luck - you hook 'em. Fishbites is merely an extremely convenient and easy-to-use alternative to natural cut bait and it performs the same exact function. It dissolves in water releasing feeding stimulants. The fish track those stimulants and when they bite down on Fishbites, they also get the flavor and the flesh-like texture of a natural cut bait. And, just like cut bait, fish can actually eat and digest Fishbites without any harmful side-effects or illnesses