When writing content for anything fishing, it is impossible to include every idea that has ever worked. We have only scratched the surface of the many possible chumming methods and chumming recipes involved with chumming. But one thing is certain, even the best anglers need as much help as they can get some days. And even expert fisherman will gladly take any edge that is afforded to them, although the proudest will likely tell you otherwise.
If you have ever owned an aquarium, then you can fully appreciate the advantages that chumming can offer. While wild fish do not respond as quickly as those in captivity, the idea is the same. Surviving as a fish in saltwater is brutally tough; they will gladly take any free offering that simplifies their difficult lives. Some well-placed quality chum will help you turn an average day of fishing into one you may remember for the rest of your life. So, if you want to create a feeding frenzy, Chum Those Waters! Have fun and always be safe on the water.
What is Chum?
When one hears the word ‘chum’, several meanings may come to mind. Many think of a chum as a close friend. “How have you been an old chum?”. Or as a verb, “Those boys started chumming around early in elementary school.”. In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, chum is a type of large Pacific salmon. Chum salmon are one of the most strikingly marked salmon species in the world with a beautiful tiger-striped blend of red, green, and black.
However, we are referring to the type chum that is used to attract and concentrate target baitfish or gamefish into an area. Chumming is one of the best ways to increase your chance of filling your bait well quickly or to gather feeding fish to your immediate location and vastly improving your angling success.
Chumming is a method that has been utilized for hundreds of years. Native Americans were one of the first groups to be known for successful chumming. The Native Americans were known to ambush panicked grasshoppers causing them to leap into streams. Thus, creating a small feeding frenzy which would make harvesting fish much easier. Another early method of chumming mastered by the Native Americans was to tie a dead animal carcass to a tree limb suspended above a body of water. As the decaying animal began to rot, maggots would fall into the water attracting fish to the area. The general goal for chumming, to catch more fish, remains the same today as it was when the Native Americans mastered the technique. We are going to look at a few methods for chumming along with a few of our favorite recipes. Using a good chum can turn a slow day into a steady bite, and a good day can quickly become epic. We hope that this information serves you well, and you begin to reap the benefits of ‘Chumming Those Waters’.
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