|The Bass Doctor's Answer:
As a former European angler, chumming was ALWAYS the best
way to catch fish when I was bait fishing. As you did not specify
how you are fishing for these bass, I must assume you are also live
The difficulty with chumming is accurate placement. If you just
throw chunks of bait or sweet corn or bread into the water, you
must be sure that the chum falls in the right location to hold
the fish, so that you can reach it each and every time your cast.
I would suggest very little chum to start with as you have pointed
out that catfish are a predominant species in the creek you fish.
Also you should indicate how quickly the water moves, which will
also affect the fall of the chum mix, you decide to throw. I know
that bait buckets with holes in them can often release a nice
steady flow of chum in moving water. These are purchased (usually
frozen) and are lowered on a rope into the water upstream of where
you are fishing.
Bass are very aggressive but are usually looking for something
"alive" to eat, so think carefully before you decide
what the use for chum.
Throwing earthworms, maggots, crickets or larvae might work,
but remember that crappie, perch, bluegill and other smaller,
faster moving species will steal the food from a bass before it
can get too it!
Charles The Bass Doctor Stuart.