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Old 05-15-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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From time to time I read about people chumming. How many of you do it while bottom fishing? How successful are you vs not chumming? Methods? Preferred baits?
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:50 PM   #2
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Chumming never works. Don't do it. Ever. J/K of course. We do it often
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We do it every now and then. Especially some spots near the edge. We anchor over structure, start chumming as we drop jigs and explore. We've attracted plenty of tuna and an occasional wahoo. Wahoo never eat
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:57 PM   #4
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We do a good bit I always try to bring a bag of chum I just like doing it so I can catch fish on my inshore rods sight fishing them loads of fun and heck of a fight
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Chumming gets the remoras fired up. I love to have at least 15 remoras circling the boat at all times. Chumming gets it done. I got a chum churn years ago and call it the the remona churn.
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Many moons ago I had a chum churn no clue where it disappeared to I loved mine wish I could find another one for cheap
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We chum occasionally to bring more fish to the boat. Really good if you are trying to keep a couple kids busy! If we are fishing patch reefs in the keys, it's just about a must to get those flags fired up and at the boat. Around here, we'll anchor over a shallow wreck or other spot and have had good luck bringing snapper, spade fish, AJ, and some other species up to the boat. However, like it has been said, you stand a good chance of attracting a bunch of remoras, and maybe a few other unsavory characters.
But, Hey- a lot of times you gotta weed through some undesirable fish to get some good ones! If you're on the right spot, you might load up on mingos!
We usually make our own chum, old cigar minnows, bonito, other chunks of fish refuse.... run thru a meat grinder. You can add some fish oils if you really want to. Freeze it. Then get a chum bag and tie it off to the stern of the boat over your favorite spot... occasionally shaking it a little to get things going!
Bait depends on what you are fishing for. Small pieces of shrimp or cut bait if fishing for spade fish or trigger. Larger chunks of cut bait or whole cigar minnow, squid, etc.... for snapper, AJ, an interested cobia, etc. I'll often keep a rod handy with a fluorocarbon leader and piece of chunk bait (similar to what's in the chum bag) to drift back in the event a nice cobia or AJ come sniffing in the slick. I've been known to throw a FlatFall butterfly jig while chumming.
Anyway, I hope this was helpful!
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Chumming will bring the schooling fish up and cobia. Then pound the grouper stuck to the bottom
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Try, crumbled up bread, wet it in a bucket, add silver glitter you buy at walmart, add just a little chopped up squid. It works great and doesn't cost very much.
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We tried it for a while a few years ago... But it seemed to only bring remoras. We were using a frozen tubs of fish parts, squid, wet catfood, and menhaden oil.

Now we always have a rod in the water to bring in Ruby reds. Once we have enough for cut bait and a few live ones for live lining for kings, we'll take one every 15-30 mins and chop it up and toss it overboard one piece at a time. It seems to work without bringing in a horde or remoras.
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