Re: Just to be fair...
Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-09-11 12:06:14
in reply to Just to be fair... posted by Steve P. on 2013-09-11 08:34:12
Chumming with dead or live bait is not universally frowned upon - certainly not by all salt water fly anglers. In fact, chumming with live bait is an accepted practice in bluewater when pursuing dorado, marlin, wahoo and tuna and other species. There will always be purists who frown on anything they perceive not traditional (indicators/bobbers...)
One of the things that I've noticed when chumming with live bait for dorado and tuna is that they very quickly discern the difference between a live bait and a fly and will start to refuse to eat the fly. When that happens there are techniques to sometimes get them to take the fly but it's a lot harder. Ask any Loreto fly angler and they'll confirm this.
Only time and close observation will tell if live-bait-chumming for GTs at C.I. will make it more difficult for those who do not wish to engage the practice. Like you have noted, there are lots of flats where no chumming takes place. I have no idea, however, how many are good GT flats.
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