Baiting And Chumming With Range Cubes

What are range cubes and how do you use them when fishing for Catfish?

Range cubes are actually feed for horse and cattle.  Believe it or not, they can be used to catch catfish too.

Range cubes are little pellets that come in sacks from the feed store.  These little pellets make great chumming.  Something about the smell gets those cats from all over headed to your chumming spot.  For anglers who like to chum, these range cubes are popular not only because they work well, but because they’re about the cheapest type of chum available.  You can get a whole sack of them for a couple of bucks at the feed store.  After you have your range cubes, pound at them with a hammer so that they’re no bigger than dimes.  Once in the water, they last a few days before they get too soft and deteriorate.

They can also be used as regular bait.  What you’ll need to do is buy them at the store, and then break the pellets in half.  Once you’ve got a pellet broken in half, drill a tiny hole in it to slip your hook through.  It can be tricky getting it to stay on the hook, and it may take some trial and error.  What you don’t want is for that range cube slipping off when the cat gets a bite of it.  Shelled hooks work well, anything so that it doesn’t slip off.

Lots of anglers find that one bag of range cubes will work well as both chum and bait.  You make half the back into bait and pound the rest for chum, then use them both to catch cats in the same area.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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