August 16, 2022

Chumming the Water for Stripers – 10 Minutes of Stunning Underwater Footage!

by Ryan Collins

It was 9AM on August 9th as I trekked my way down the beach. As I walked down the shoreline I noticed a group of geese which were sitting in the sand. Several cormorants were hanging out on a rock, and there was a seal bobbing around a couple hundred yards offshore.

An osprey flew above my head and I caught glimpse of a turkey vulture down the shoreline. Sea gulls and terns chirped and squawked, and there were even a few cardinals and forest birds hanging in the bushes by the beach.

The area was alive with wildlife and I was excited to get into the water and setup my cameras. 

About the author 

Ryan Collins

I'm fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I've been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!

  • Chumming is a life long event going back to the fish stands along many beach fronts in another time. It is also one sure fire way to bring fish of size with in catching distance . IN another time we chummed 50 plus fish to take cut bait and never attempted to catch them, well almost ?

    Many young fisherman of the day have never used bait and find the excitement it can cause when a fish picks up the bait to make a nice run on you. It is with out question one of the best ways to both understand and catch fish of size in ones life time. The depth of the water at times need only be enough to cover the main part of the body and other times like you show in the photos .

    Your continued effort to show your skills with a camera is great and show some teachable points that many have failed to understand the benefits it can reap. I would also recommend when cutting the chunks make the cuts at a an angle rather then a square cut , especially when using the heads and tails . NIce work my friend. Peace and Prayers Carl

    • Awesome comment Carl, thank you! I always enjoy hearing your words of wisdom. I will definitely try cutting the chunks at an angle next time. I suppose that is a more natural shape of chunk that the bass are probably more accustomed to seeing, considering bluefish rarely bite mackerel and pogies into perfect squares!

  • Luv it, scent and activity,spot on…i sometimes chuck a mac chum bag into ditch at slack, attracted crabs and lobsters…nice work

    • Thanks for the comment Mark!

      I know some guys who used to do real well at the canal chumming and chunking pogies years ago. Maybe somebody will give that a try again sometime. I’m sure chumming and chunking would still work well at the Ditch!

      • I was mostly a lure fisherman. But recently switched back to bait fishing again more often. I just don’t have the time to follow striped movements like I used too. So like you in this video went back to my roots. Points and rips are good. But I like harbors. Especially if they have large boat operations. trawlers, head boats,commercial fisherman. they all bring an excess bait to the area and tend to hold striper well.

    • LOL! I have definitely been spending a lot of time in my wetsuit this summer. I’ve had this particular wetsuit for 15 years now!

      Do you think you’ll get out to the canyons this summer Brian? I hope you are doing well! Tight lines! 🎣

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