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    First of all do you use a chum bag when fishing halibut? if you do what do you put in it? How much do you think it helps?

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    Anything that gives off a scent, thus the reason for using a chum bag. Herring, fish guts and heads, hooligan parts with shot of WD-40.
    We use a PVC pipe with holes drilled in it tied on to the anchor rode above the chain. The PVC allows me to stick a knife in there and masserate the product for more surface area thus more scent released.
    Yes, I think it helps or I wouldn't bother.
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    I prefer chum bombs to bags.
    I use leftover herring,salmon scraps ( what's left after filletting ),
    Hooligan cut up etc.
    I add a dash or so of herring oil.
    I freeze it in lunch size brown paper bags placed inside gallon ziplocs.
    Tie it on your line and drop to the bottom with a weight and no hook. Use half hitches to avoid posssible knots in your line if the bag comes out.
    Let it sit on bottom for a minute or two so the bag gets good and wet then give a couple of good jerks to open the bag up.
    I think it does help draw them in quicker.
    Best done when there is some tidal movement to disperse it downcurrent.
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    I used to save a few salmon carcasses/w guts and if I knew I was going halibut fishing in a few days would leave the stuff out in the sun in a black garbage bag for a few days. I really doubt it makes much difference what you use for chum. Just used to poke holes in the bag and send it down with the anchor when halibut fishing.
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    I use them lots in the right situations. I clip mine to the shackle at the top of my anchor chain so boat motion will shake the bags and help them put out as much scent as possible. I think they work best when tide and wind are in the same direction so your boat holds right over the top of the trail. If the wind is pushing you to the side they're worse than no good. I generally just use herring in mine. For bags I use the tough mesh bait bags intended to be hung in crab pots.

    A couple of fine points. Keep a 5 gallon bucket up from by your anchor tie-down, whatever you use. Tie about 3' of line onto the chum bag and add a snap to the other end. When you're hauling anchor, just pause when you get to the chain and swing the bag into the bucket and unsnap it. Reverse the process when setting. No fuss and no mess.

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    Tampons soaked in herring oil.
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    I know a guy that builds thesechum pot.jpg

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    LOL...what does this guy charge for these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
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    And what are the dimensions on it? (if you happen to run into this guy and talk to him. lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
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    I've used very similar ones in the tropics where sharks make very short work of mesh bags. I've also seen them made with perforated PVC pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgpcr View Post
    First of all do you use a chum bag when fishing halibut? if you do what do you put in it? How much do you think it helps?
    I very rarely use one because I prefer drift fishing. I just prefer to find the halibut in drifts than trying to bring them to me.
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    I bought a blender at a yard sale and make a herring slushy, then I freeze it in gallon jugs. Before I fish I poke several holes in it and send it to the bottom with my anchor. Works great!

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    Very good idea.. I will try this tech this year. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Rod123 View Post
    I bought a blender at a yard sale and make a herring slushy, then I freeze it in gallon jugs. Before I fish I poke several holes in it and send it to the bottom with my anchor. Works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    Tampons soaked in herring oil.
    Hey, that's my secret!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwm907 View Post
    And what are the dimensions on it? (if you happen to run into this guy and talk to him. lol)
    6x6x18 and they are made of 1/2 x 1/2 vinyl covered wire mesh

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    I tried fishing with chum bags and with out the bags. I found it was not worth the hassel or mess of using them. The catches seem to be better with out them as the fish would head straight for the bait with out the bags. Keeping accurate records of time date depth and of the tides will give you a better chance of catching halibut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    Hey, that's my secret!
    I use them on my longline. In between every 5th gangion gets a herring soaked tampon tied to snap gear.
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    I use a cheap mesh laundry bag with some herring and herring oil. Seems to work great for me. I place it about 10-15 feet up from anchor

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
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    I started out using mesh laundry bags, and quickly found they would tangle with the anchor chain, not to mention sometimes getting munched by whatever denizens of the deep could chew through that nylon . . .

    Stopped by Steve's booth this year and bought one of these. Highly recommended, the wire mesh lets e poke a piece of iron down in to mush it up a bit, further enhancing the "flavor" of the offering. I also add herring oil - but only over the side of the boat - that stuff sticks to everything, and is tough to get off without some Dawn and hot water. Easy to clip on the anchor chain too . . . .

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    I use a chum bag probably 2/3 of the time. I use old herring, fish guts, or whatever else is available. I add some herring oil or butt juice to it as well. I used to clip a bag to my anchor line, but I have changed my strategy up a little. I now drop it down from the bow of my boat. I use a big bait jar, similar to potbuilders, clipped to the top of a leader using a corkscrew swivel, with a 4lb cod sinker on the bottom of the leader. I set the rod in a rod holder I have mounted in the bow. This setup is more user friendly to me than clipping it to my anchor and it gets the chum much closer to my bait.
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