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    All good cat fishermen know catfish are driven into a feeding frenzy with "stink bait." Attracted by a whiff of the most rotten bait, catfish go crazy fighting over the "delicious" morsels beneath their fins. Throwing "chum"-- a stinky mixture of materials--into the water is an age-old way to attract catfish. This practice is known as chumming. 
    Catfish Chum Recipe


    Fill a 5-gallon bucket half-full of milo (a cereal grain). Fill the bucket with water to within 6 inches of the rim. Add a cup of sugar and a can of beer, stir well and place the lid on firmly. Ensure you keep the bucket in the garden shed or somewhere away from the house because as the milo begins to ferment, it will exude a rank smell.


    Time Frame

    Wait six weeks before attempting to use the freshly made catfish chum. The only exception to this rule is in hot weather, which helps speed the fermenting process, so you can use the chum sooner.


    Wear a bandana over your nose when opening the chum bucket. Catfish love this smell and will go into a feeding frenzy to sample the taste, but it will not smell pleasant to a human nose.


    Ensure you pick an ideal habitat with which to broadcast your chum. Rock overhangs and dead trees in the water make great locations for your catfish fishing hole. Make certain the water is shallow with little current.


    Broadcast your bucket of chum in a sweeping half-moon motion to ensure many catfish will be able to eat there. Wait 20 minutes, bait your hook and fish.

    Article Written By Victoria Ries

    Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in various print magazines, including "Guideposts," "BackHome," New Homesteading" and "Mother Earth News." Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health and home business. Ries is currently working on her B.A. in psychology.

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