The world found out about the chumming at Christmas Island for GTs a few years ago now. Netting Milkfish, cutting them into chunks and then filling a flat with them.
The GTs are now so used to this, that they hang around the flat and wait to be fed. The guide then takes 8/0, puts it through a chunk of Milkfish and lobs it out onto the flat. Big easy fish mean big tips, so I guess it was inevitable.
What makes it worse for me is that anglers then try and cover up the easy recognisable flat by cropping or moving the fish to deeper water. The real damage however is not just to the ecosystem, this practice has placed doubt in anyones heads of any GT picture taken in Christmas, we now think that practically all of them are caught on bait, chumming, even if thats not the case.
I feel sorry for those few anglers who actually put in the work and got those fish, whose achievement will now be forever in question.
These pics are from a Malaysian angler who did the deed. At first I thought badly of it, but at least he’s openly admitting to chumming for a bit of a bend, and documented the whole affair.
This vid of Peter Collingsworth by Sportquest Holidays is pretty much everything thats wrong with the sport: