The real issue
I didn't think the real issue here is if it works. My concern is, is it Biodegradable. We must all do are part to help the environment. I hope you don't think that I am an alarmist, I just think it is an important and part of our mission.
I use bunker oil. I don't mix or put it on the baits. I put it in a spray bottle and us it to mark the slick. It doesn't seem to stick good except fiberglass LOL.
I think that once your slick is established, the fish come in and attack the baits based on sight. Hey they love those shark floats and if you handle them with chum hands they may take two bites instead of one before they realize it is no good. When we get ready to start our drift, I slow the boat down to idle speed figure our drift and instruct to crew to rig three baits and start the chum. Once I shut the boat down. I set out all three lines. It is not because I am the captain, it is because I know that my hands haven't touch any bait. I put out the lines, the baits are place in the water without me touching them and I set the floats. During the entire day I never touch any bait or chum. I set out all the lines and floats for the entire day. I may seem a little intense, but I think there is a method to my madness!
I use a fine mix of chum and the only thing in the slick with it is my three baits no distractions for THE MAN IN THE BLUESUIT! That is another good reason why I do not throw anything in the slick, no cardboard, cans, chumballs, and never a bluefish rack, dogfish or anthing big. Those objects sink faster that the chum and can pull a fish right out of the strike zone and gone.
Just on a closing note. I have caught some of my best makos during a bluefish frenze. When the blues are around I only allow one person to bluefish with a fairly heavy rod and a very short leader. I don't want to catch to many and I think it is bad to release them into you slick after the fight because they are tired and an easy mark for a good Mako. All the bait come in one guy bluefishs and we all watch the slick very carefully with a pitch bait ready to go. With the few blues that we catch we fillet them and put the racks into the chum bag until it is time to leave. We only harvest the blues that we need and practice conservation all the time.
(This post edited by captainlarry84 on 02/05/2003)