Chumming Tips – How Long It Takes To Get A Bite

How long should it take for the Catfish to start biting once the chum is in the water?

Chum is a great way to catch catfish, but it’s a little mysterious.  Basically, you need to pick the right spot and do some trial and error.  It’s also good to chum a few different areas at once to find the right one.

As far as how long it takes, this all depends.  If you chum when the cats should be out, either in the morning or at night when they’re feeding, you should get a bite or two within 10 minutes.  This depends on lots of other factors too, like currents and weather conditions.

If you want to be sure, you can give it 15-20 minutes.  If you don’t get a bite within 20 minutes, no matter how the weather is or what time it is, you picked a bad spot.  No matter what, if you sit there for 20 minutes without a bite, move on.

Chumming is about picking the right place (or places), and if you do it right, you should start seeing a few bites within minutes, especially during feeding times.  Like I said, it takes lots of trial and error, and you should make sure to spread the chum around.  If you put it all in one little part of a hole, you won’t see a lot of bites.

Once you found a good chumming spot, you should be able to chum there over and over again and get lots of cats.  You shouldn’t ever have to wait more than ten minutes for them to start biting. 

The next bit of advice is… guard that spot with your life and don’t tell anybody about it!


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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