Chumming has caused a great divide among anglers all over the world.
In fact, a lot of states specifically in America have made the practice illegal. These laws are in full effect, particularly in catch-and-release zones. We can’t blame them. There exists a ton of irresponsible fishermen who litter waters with bait.
However, many fishermen are still all for chumming. The practice isn’t prohibited totally and there are ways to do it right.
First things first: The bait. When chumming for trout, there are so many natural baits you can use. From ground up bread to kennel corns, there are plenty of inexpensive lures you can use.
Second, it’s about finding where the trout is. You can usually find them near logs or along big rocks. Again, this requires knowledge and skill. Otherwise, you’re just going to waste all those baits away.
Third, it’s all about pacing. The goal of chumming is to mimic a fishing frenzy. However, some fishermen overfeed the trout too soon that they lose interest quickly. The trick? To learn how to do it gradually. Feed them enough to make them stay and to draw in the other trout in the area. Remember: Slowly and often.
Fourth, be at a good distance. When you throw out the bait, you don’t want the trout to see you. A safe distance is about 15-30 feet. Once they get attracted to it, observe and be extra mindful. It’s either you or the trout that’s going to come out victorious.
Lastly, we urge all fishermen who chum to chum responsibly. It’s never about polluting the waters or going for shortcuts. After all, fishing should teach us patience.