Saturday, October 17, 2015

Chumming For Carp is Crap

I'm not sure if it's a coincidence or just a copycat thing but in the last week I have watched two popular videos of people chumming to catch carp. In both videos the angler and I struggle to use the term angler in this example throws several pieces of bread then uses bread on a hook or a fly that looks like a hunk of bread. I was amazed to see in both videos comments like "clever" and "awesome catch!" I don't know why but it really annoyed me. First off say what you want but chumming to catch anything is crap outside of fishing for saltwater fish. The only reason I can condone that is because the ocean is vast. It's not a small pond where you can see the other bank from where you're standing. Second what challenge is it to throw a ton of one thing in the water then throw something that looks similar and have a fish eat it? That's clever?

Most anglers have done this sort of thing at one time or another. We don't brag about it because chumming is something a toddler can do. Glorifying it insults those that go out of their way to catch a carp by properly fishing for them. Catching them with techniques that require stealth, great presentation and most of all skill. I know I can't be the only one that feels this way. Feel free to chime in even if you don't agree.


  1. I guess I'll be first to chime in. I agree it's crap...even for carp. I have to say that although I haven't caught one yet, the fun is in stalking. I've never enjoyed stalking as much then when I got out for carp. When I do catch one I'll know that I finally put all the pieces together.

  2. I agree with you and Howard. Total crap to call this fishing. I've seen guys do it for steelhead. It should be illegal for gamefish, if it isn't already.

  3. I have to agree, though let it be said that I take advantage of duck feeding in local ponds by others, whose activity does attract carp. I may also add that after several months the carp very warily inspect a bread tie.


  4. Kevin
    I agree no skill involved here at all, reminds me of individuals I've seen throwing feed out to attract bluegill and then using the same small pieces of feed tipped on a hook to land the bluegill, nothing special about this. thanks for sharing

  5. One hundred percent agree. Bush league.

  6. If I want a challenge I'm gonna go look for a big wild brown or a big largemouth

    If I want "pullage" you can bet I'm gonna grab a whole bunch of canned corn and head to a carp hole