NEW FISHALL makes chum buckets, actually I think they
are square blocks that are put into 5 gallon buckets.
Contact Keith Poe, moderator here on the Sharks and Swordfishing Board.
He can hook you up with those quickly.
He can also tell you the price.
Larry at In-Seine Bait in Marina Del Rey has 5 gallon chum buckets.
I just verified he has them, and they are 30 dollars.
I think Bongos still has chum buckets, I'm not sure.
I've seen a 5 gallon chum bucket go anywhere from 10 to 40 dollars.
I'd say the average price is 25 dollars.
You can make your own easily IMO.
Get a meat grinder and put Mackerel and/or Sardines and/or Tuna
scraps through it, add 10% water to it and freeze the sucker.
You want Calicos and Sand Bass around you only need to chop up some
squid and create your own chum line. They'll be there shortly and
they'll remain there for awhile as long as you keep the chum line going.
to be more specific, does anybody know where to get BONGOS buckets? i have found that they work better than the new fishall buckets for sharks, but they're hard to find. the fuel dock used to sell them but they were 37 bucks a piece which is STUPID! longfin in orange sells them for i think 25 bucks but that's far from MDR. any help is appreciated. when you pick up 5 buckets, that $12 per bucket difference really adds up.
A few years back a buddy of mine found an old meat grinder at a yard sale for 5 dollars.
He purchased it with me in mind, and then gave it to me.
If you can get/find one, buy it immediately.
Mount it on your cutting board, or somehow to the gunnel of the boat.
Save your dead Sardines after each cast and grind them up each time,
or grind them when you get a few. The same goes for/with Mackerel.
Once you get the fish all wound up you'll be surprised at what comes up the chum line.
Heck, you'll even be able to snag more Mackerel to grind up. :7