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Live Bait Chumming  at Cabela's

Live Bait Chumming

Author: Terry LaCoss

Without a doubt, one of the more effective techniques in attracting game fish to lures or baits is chumming with live bait. There are a multitude of live bait chumming methods, all guaranteed to increase your fishing success.

Terry LaCoss
Here is one of the more traditional chumming tactics for capturing live baits in a cast net. Live bait is normally chummed up by mixing up a couple of slices of whole wheat bread and a can of "Cozy Kitten" cat food in a five-gallon bucket. Then adding a gallon of sea water to the mixture.

While keeping your boat up-current of the bait fish, slowly toss the chum into the water. Once the bait fish are chummed up, toss your cast net. After your live well is filled with enough bait to both fish and chum, you are now ready for some very exciting live bait chumming action.

Live bait chumming is highly effective when anchored up-current of your targeted game fish. Simply begin to toss your live baits out into the water a few at a time. Often the live baits will begin to school right behind your anchored fishing boat. In most cases, your fishing boat will be the only close safe haven. Soon nearby game fish will be attracted by the live baits. The inquisitive game fish will soon become easy targets for your lures or baits.

A final tip includes snipping off the tail of the bait fish. This will cause the bait fish to swim erratically behind your boat, often enhancing your live bait chum slick!

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