Chum

can you grind up fresh water fish for chum in salt water?

You can use quite a bit of different things to chum with. I would say saltwater fish from the waters you are fishing are the best but you can also use freshwater fish or a variety of different commercially prepared chum very effectively as well. Chum works because it brings the entire food chain to your location. When fishing from shore this is essential because you do not have the same amount of mobility that the boat angler has. Chum is a cheap, effective way to somewhat neutralize the boat angler’s advantage. The best chum is a block of frozen fish that has been finely ground. I would much prefer to use chum made from freshwater fish that has been finely ground than using large chunks of saltwater fish for chum. Chum works in two ways. First it creates a smell in the water that attracts predatory fish from sometimes us to one mile away. It is works however by bringing the entire food chain to your location. If it is finely ground it will attract tiny microorganisms which in turn bring tiny fish, small fish, medium fish and large fish to the location. A fish that is a predator one moment becomes prey the next when using chum. Contrary to popular belief chum it not a tool that only works for Sharks. Sharks do have a more pronounced sense of smell and are more receptive to using chum. But you can also catch just about any species of fish in greater quantities using chum than they would otherwise.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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