Dashaway, to paraphrase The Wordmeister, if you come upon a pile of crap in your path, you have to choice:
1. walk around the crap
2. walk though the crap
Either one will get you to the otherside but the second one will leave you smellin' like crap
There's other variations:
Don't ever wrestle with a pig cause if ya do, when yer done, you'll be covered in mud but the pig will like it
The stanky bait one I just made up
Bottom line, bait only works if it's attended to.