What is Chumming?

What is chumming?

Chumming, also known as baiting in some countries, is a method of luring a large number of fish in to one area that are all hungry to feed. This is done to make life easier when you decide to start fishing the area and want to land a large number of fish.

For many experienced fishermen, chumming is believed to be the successful ingredient to catching many fish of all varieties.

The method used for chumming is to keep putting different types of bait in a specific area for a given time (the time you may have to work otu yourself). The reason why you use different types of bait is because different species of fish respond better to different smells and food types which gives you a larger range of species to catch when the time comes.

Some believe chumming is just throwing some bait in the water every day or so, but those who are more experienced and willing to take the time to practise it can be a specific art abotu knowing what baits work best, the best times of day to apply the baits and the length of time needed for best results.

Anything from dead fish to bread, sweetcorn or even pet food have been used successfully to chum an area ready for fishing.

Some people are skeptical about chumming but it is an art that has been practised fror over five hundred years so their must be some real truth in the way it works, otherwise professional fishermen would not be using it today.
 


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

One Response to “What is Chumming?”

  1. Alec says:

    I’ve used a bunch of different chums. The best chum I found was to make hamburger balls and let them sit in the sun for a few hours. Now its the only chum I use.

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