DIY Bat Chummer

Instead of wiffle balls, this bat launches live baits.

January 19, 2017
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Launch live baits with this tip. Illustration by Steve Sanford


  1. One Wiffle-ball bat

  2. One tube of silicone caulk

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Cut off the end of the bat at a steep angle. Then fill the handle cavity with silicone caulk. Illustration by Steve Sanford


  1. Hold the bat securely and cut off the end at a steep angle with a hacksaw. For a straighter cut, draw the cut line with a ­pencil first.
  2. Fill the cavity of the bat handle with silicone caulk, and wait for it to harden before use. This prevents baits from getting trapped inside.

Note: Grip the bat with both hands (slightly apart) and mimic a casting motion to launch baits a greater distance with minimal effort. Position the longest part of the cut-off end away from the target area for best results.


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