Catfish Chum

Chumming for Catfish seems to be a confusing subject. Some people say that it doesn’t work in rivers. Others say that it works great. Some say that only channel catfish are attracted to chumming but others say that those big flathead catfish love chum. In my opinion, chumming works. I believe that it works to excite all types of catfish but I have no empirical proof at the moment. Since we can’t prove whether chumming works or not in a simple article, let’s start a small series on chumming. I want to dive into different types of chum and chumming strategies.

Types of Chum

Today I want to talk about a number of different types of chum. First let me say that there are a number of different types or kinds of chum. People tend to use just about anything available. Here is a list of just a few of them.

  • Canned Dog Food
  • Frozen Cow Blood in a Bag
  • Velvetta Cheese & Bacon
  • Horse Feed
  • Ground up Shad
  • Turkey & Chicken Blood in Wood Chips ( Let this one sit until its full of Maggots)

Basically any type of feed and/or part of an animal makes for a good chum. They can be frozen, bagged, a mush, or liquid. The Options are up to you.

How do I know which chum to use?

I view chumming as two types of actions: Short Term Chumming and Long Term Chumming. Short term chumming is all about getting a fish to bite now. You want the catfish in that area to turn on and start feeding now. Long Term chumming is used to attract catfish continually to an area. You are basically creating a fishing hole that no one knows about or enhancing an area.

The difference between the two is how long a chum with stay in an area and how often you chum that area. Let’s think of it like this. Most short term chumming efforts are more liquid and small pieces of bait in nature. They are generally pushed away by the currents over a few hours. Most frozen blood mixes and finely ground shad fall into this category. This strategy hits on the catfish’s sense of smell. They will come running in hopes of finding an easy meal, which will hopefully be your bait.

Now larger chunks of shad work more as a long term strategy. You are actually giving the catfish something to feed on instead of something that just stimulates the senses. This means that if done regularly, catfish will actually wait for you to feed them. You can create a good sized feeding hole by continual chumming. I prefer cut bait for my long term strategy but I have heard of locals in my area using dog food, horse feed in bags, and chicken scraps. We eat a lot of chicken down south so we put the extras to use.

How do I create these chums?

Now I’ll be honest. I don’t create crazy unique chums. I’m very simplistic in how I target catfish. I will grind or cut up shad and take scraps from the dinner table to chum a good hole. But don’t let my simple views, ruin your fun. Below I have added a number of Videos about Chumming. Each one will show you a fun ( very smelly) method to create a unique chum. I hope you enjoy these.

Milo and Ground Shad (Youtube Video)

Soured Wheat Catfish Chum (Youtube Video)

Saltwater Chumming (Youtube Video)-Replace Saltwater Parts with Freshwater bait ( Bad Language Though)

Coming up next, I will talk about different chumming strategies and how you can use them to catch more catfish. Let’s see if we can get the new year started off right.

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