I grind my own chum for yellowtail snapper, but I heard fish don't like snapper carcasses. Is that true?Dear Captain"I grind my own chum for yellowtail snapper, but I heard fish don't like snapper carcasses. Is that true?"
The snapper carcasses are okay for chum for the snapper. It's just not the best chum to use. Usually when you use those carcasses for chum, it consists of skin and bones, but less oil and quality meat. The chum particles are also usually bigger and less attractive to the yellowtail snapper.
I like to use freshly killed Glass Minnows as chum. Also I use rolled oats, sand and other additives in addition to the ground chum. The rolled oats help cloud up the water (when it is very clear) and ball up the feeding school into a frenzy. The rolled oats need to be soaked in water for two days before use. This mixture that I make needs to be dumped in the water at regular intervals in addition to the other chums I use.
Placing and keeping the bait in the cloud created by this mixture helps to hide your line and hook. It is good way to fish for yellowtail snapper. The yellowtail snappers will eat the rolled oats, but still use other grounded chum along with it. Menhaden oil, though expensive, is an additive I always use.
Captain David M. Rieumont
The Online Fisherman Inc.