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I was watching an episode of Saltwater Experience this afternoon and a few thoughts came to mind. A sentence that stood out was " action brings more action."
this made me think, Chumming is a great way to get the food chain moving, but you never really see anyone using "chum" in freshwater.

I fish from shore and sometimes fishing can be down right depressing. I was thinking how chuming with some bread or oatmeal flakes might get things moving and get this fish active.

Anyone else thinkk along these lines or utilize this approach in freshwater? I am surprised at how different the approaches are when it comes to fresh vs. Saltwater fishing.

It seems saltwater guys are just very basic. Live/cut bait or maybe somebBerekley gulp and a simple rig and that's it. It seems that freshwater fishing has become highjacked by commercialism and the lure companies making bait fishing seem juvenile and low class.

After fishing for a couple Decades (I'm 28) I'm starting to realize the difference between cable TV fishing and real fishing.

I have never really used this chumming approach fishing freshwater so i don't know what the views or legality is?

Just a thought I wanted to share. Any input?
 

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I have tried chumming the river before. I threw out some muscle meat in a couple onion bags and threw them out in the river tied up to a gallon jug to mark it.

The next morning I fished just up river and caught a bunch of Asian carp. Never tried it again after that.
 

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There has been a couple threads on here about sinking dog food and fishing the area for cats the next couple days.
Some people say they had luck.
I think freshwater fish have more vegetation and bugs to feed off of then deep water fish, hence the fish chum.
Never hurts to try something new tho.
 

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When I was a kid I helped my dad sink a burlap sack full of Valmac's finest broiler grower feed with a couple chunks of some kind of steel off a locomotive in a cove in Cox Creek Lake near Leola. We did pretty well fishing around that spot for quite a while that summer.
I don't know how legal/illegal that might have been at the time. But I'm guessing it would be frowned upon today.
 

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When I was a kid, the first thing we would do when we started fishing a spot on the Little Red River was to throw out a large can of corn. I mean we would sling it all over the place. Then we would rig up our rods, bait with corn, and start catching fish. It was very effective most of the time.

I think it is illegal to do it now a days.
 

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When I was a kid, the first thing we would do when we started fishing a spot on the Little Red River was to throw out a large can of corn. I mean we would sling it all over the place. Then we would rig up our rods, bait with corn, and start catching fish. It was very effective most of the time.

I think it is illegal to do it now a days.
Yep. Illegal for trout
 

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It is legal to chum for trout unless the regulations forbid it where you are fishing like in a catch and release area. It is a good way to draw in some trout and I almost always sling out some corn where I take kids. It is frowned on by fly purists but most of them seem to frowning most oftyhe time at any other technique. My dad said they used to sink cottonseed cake and come back a couple of days later to fish it. He said it draws in everything because the little fish like it but so do carp and buffalo.
 

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I've seen old timers chum with corn for stockier trouts but I read its bad for fish because they can't digest it and it kills them.
 

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I was watching an episode of Saltwater Experience this afternoon and a few thoughts came to mind. A sentence that stood out was " action brings more action."
this made me think, Chumming is a great way to get the food chain moving, but you never really see anyone using "chum" in freshwater.

I fish from shore and sometimes fishing can be down right depressing. I was thinking how chuming with some bread or oatmeal flakes might get things moving and get this fish active.

Anyone else thinkk along these lines or utilize this approach in freshwater? I am surprised at how different the approaches are when it comes to fresh vs. Saltwater fishing.

It seems saltwater guys are just very basic. Live/cut bait or maybe somebBerekley gulp and a simple rig and that's it. It seems that freshwater fishing has become highjacked by commercialism and the lure companies making bait fishing seem juvenile and low class.

After fishing for a couple Decades (I'm 28) I'm starting to realize the difference between cable TV fishing and real fishing.

I have never really used this chumming approach fishing freshwater so i don't know what the views or legality is?

Just a thought I wanted to share. Any input?
Don't worry about chumming. Just get you some Banjo Minnows and Flying Lures. You'll catch everything with them. :fit:
 

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Soured wheat works great for chumming channel catfish. Ive yet to find anything that works as well. Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 to 3/4 full of wheat, pour enough water in to cover the wheat by 2-3 inches. Put the lid on and let it sit till it sours. It takes about 5 days when the temps are in the high 80's to low 90's. If you want to speed the process up add some yeast and sugar.
 

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Soured wheat works great for chumming channel catfish. Ive yet to find anything that works as well. Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 to 3/4 full of wheat, pour enough water in to cover the wheat by 2-3 inches. Put the lid on and let it sit till it sours. It takes about 5 days when the temps are in the high 80's to low 90's. If you want to speed the process up add some yeast and sugar.

Then find a very secluded area, light the burner under the copper pot, have jars at the ready and...........
 

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For bream and crappie, use cornmeal. It draws in small bait fish and then game fish. For catch fish never had luck on river doin this but soured soybeans in pond, lake or reservoir. Find a deep hole and pour couple 5 gallon s out come back a day or 2. Make sure have plenty of bait and cooler handy. You'll need it. Sweet feed works good. I got 55 gallon on corn left, i be using it up so it dont waste.
 
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