Does anyone here make their own chum?

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  1. DaveR

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    Whether shark fishing or just about anything other than trolling, I like to set out a chum bucket or just chop bait and toss it. And more often than not, I've got plenty of live bait in the tank when I'm heading back...

    I've looked at what's out there for grinding chum, meat grinders, electric set-ups, etc, but haven't found something I'm all that interested in. I do have a hand crank but it's a pain just to push fish thru... About the only set-up that's peaked my interest is this, but they run $350. or so, including delivery, off of ebay... too rich for me

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    I've got 120v GFI on deck, so I am thinking of making up one using a garbage disposal, small sink mounted using thick starboard on the transom from two rod holders in the starboard corner...but this would be bulky and a pain to stow.

    So maybe set up a table with sink and disposal out in a corner of the yard and make my chum at home to freeze and use on trips.... good thing my wife loves me... :rofl:

    Do you make your own? What's your set-up like?

    Any thoughts or suggestions here?
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  2. jagerhunchback

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    at one point i used to make my own for fishing makos and threshers. i've used everything from a blender to an old meat grinder. and i've tried storing the chum in empty milk jugs, five gallon buckets etc. imho you are best off to either buy chum pre made, or if you have plenty of left over bait, or you plugged your boat with macs, get a braid chum mate to use up what you have. it is by far the cleanest easiest method of chumming, i especially like to use it in addition to a drip bag with menhaden oil, it gives you the whole oily slick with chunks all around the boat.
     
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    Have you looked into one of these? I think Gerry (Bad to the Bone) has one for sale.
    The Chum Churn
     
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    The trick is to have the guests eat sardines and chovies for breakfast
     
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    I feel nauseated now
     
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    You mean like a week old dead deans and chovies ???......:rofl:
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    I got a sort of commercial looking, all metal electric meat grinder for Christmas. I think it came from Costco. It is electric, but not worth a shit. I spent more time taking it apart and un-jamming it than anything else. Made in china garbage of course. Hope my wife doesn't read this post.
     
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    That's what I don't want... been there, done that.
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    I find it much easier to freeze my leftover bait before grinding it up. I just use an old hand grinder that I retrofitted the handle to make it longer. I found that when the bait is frozen first, it grinds pretty fast and easy.

    That being said, I have read about using a macerator to grind fresh macks with. Haven't tried it myself, but it sounds like it might be a workable idea.
     
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    I guess you wont want to fish on my boat now barf
     
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    I use a old blender add a little water, works fine on all bait fish. I use the one gallon buckets that dry wall mud comes in. Freeze it and your good to go.
     
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    I was considering a macerator before for this purpose. Anyone happen to use one for making chum?
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    Is that it? Doesn't anyone else here make their own chum? I can't believe most here either don't use any or buy the buckets of Fish-All, etc....
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    Unless you are willing to invest a little to get the right equipment it's more a hassle that it's worth. I like the blender idea but to make a 5 gallon bucket would take some time, and well $40 for a 5 gallon bucket divided by 2 or 3 is not too much at all. Just chunk your left over as you're chumming it adds to the flavor and gives you something to do while waiting
     
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    I'm looking for a 2' x 6' stainless restaurant table with a sink and garbage disposal that I can put in my yard, out of the way. There's some on craigslist, but nothing exactly what I'm after yet. Probably have to find the components and put 'em together, then I can make chum...

    That should do the trick, at least until my wife smells it, finds it and makes me into chum too....:rofl:
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    I take unused bait put in 5 gal bucket after trip put on my rubber boots squish like none other pour into 2 or 3 gal ready to go.macs don't work but deans and choive mush great
     
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    #32 grinder mounted on a gimbal , either buy the die plate w/ 6-1" holes or drill out one with smaller holes to 1". This works real well even for large macs. For squid bring it home , freeze in a bucket , then sawzall into chunks , run thru the grinder , pack into a 1 gallon bucket and refreeze.

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    how about a friggin wood chipper, just set a barrie in there and turn it on, like a long log, crap flinging everywhere lmao
     
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    A Loooooong time ago I came across some directions for a "chum tube" basically just a 3-4 inch PVC pipe with a bunch of holes drilled through it on all directions with a vented pvc end cap. Then you get a smaller pvc tube with a end cap with serrated edges to chop up the bait. Just pump it, and you got your chum. Found this on craigslist. Very cheap to make, and you can make it any size you want. Hope this helps. Chum Tube
     

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