Catfish chum

I have heard that you can chum for channel cats using corn. Do you think corn would be good chum? How would I use it?

You can certainly use corn to chum for Channel Catfish or for that matter any other kind of Catfish. I do not think it is your best option however. Corn would be more likely to attract Carp than Catfish. Instead I would try commercially prepared chum, cut up fish or chicken products. Chicken livers and gizzards work very well. Nothing beats fish though as an effective chum. A commercially prepared block of frozen ground up fish is always your best bet. The key to chumming is a constant release of fine particles into the water. You need a chum cage and a fine mesh bag. You can use only the mesh bag as well, the chum cage would be necessary if you are fishing for saltwater catfish because this chum will also attract sharks. It is very important that the chum be release on a continuous basis and not interrupted for maximum effect. When you do it in this manner you create a chum slick that can attract fish as far as a mile away. This is why you want only small fine particles to be released into the water. If you release larger pieces into the water you are creating dinner instead of a small appetizer. If you insist on using corn I recommend the above steps but use two mesh bags. After awhile the corn will lose its strength as a chum. I would hang a second bag every half hour so you always have a fresh attractant in the water. Again if you lose the chum slick the effectiveness will be reduced exponentially.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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