The Shotem' and Caughtem' Blog is the place to find the latest reviews and commentary on gear, destinations, conditions, events, and general knowledge to inform our readers and give our opinions to anyone listening.

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What to get that special someone who loves to hunt and fish

For those that have the passion for the great outdoors what to get us for the holidays is a list that could fill a months worth of blogs.  The list would range from the common items such as outer wear, ammo, lures and line to the more specific "I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!" for a little Christmas story refresher quote.  To the outdoors man/woman it should be easy to walk through the store and find something we would love to have in our bag or inventory. 

Iphone App Issues Noticed by one of our Members

We at Shotem and Caughtem have never been known for our timing.  As a matter of fact if you want to go skunked for awhile both fishing and hunting just launch a social network and app based on it and we can show you that your luck will change for the worst. So when we decided to launch the ShotemCaughtem app last Oct. it was no surprise that Apple Would launch a new phone with a new operating system that would not allow certain functions to work appropriately on the new Iphones.  Luckily for us Android users we had a member point out the flaws a couple of weeks ago.  Lucky for those of you that might have been frustrated by this we are young, you have our apologies and we have our app developers making the necessary updates and will alert you as soon as the new version is up and ready for download.

Other Member Concerns and Questions About Competing Hunting and Fishing Blogs

We unfortunately at this time have other jobs than our social network.  Though we hope to one day be able to focus on the site and all our members full time, at this time we can not.  Our blog is and will be dedicated to news, reviews, gear recipes etc.  However, just is the case with other sites these articles will not be written from our team.  We are hoping to grow the social network side of things so that the blog becomes our advertising revenue stream.  Other people and companies will use our site to communicate with our members and hopefully pay us a little to do so.  So we invite all our members to share their best blog articles to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  If we like it we will post it to our blog and share it with our followers and members at no cost right now until we grow.

We want to Change Social Media Websites and Apps

We think there are some great ways to change the way a social media company works.  We want to reward our members and supporters for helping us grow our network.  Not us them to line just our own pockets.  Think of it this way when has Facebook or Twitter ever cut you a check or given you free stuff for posting and being a part of their site?  We hope you help us grow and promise that this will benefit us both in the future when we create the number one place to go if you hunt and fish.

Happy St. Patricks Day from Shotem and Caughtem

Most of all we hope you get out and show your green pride Shotem and Caughtem Style!   

Hunting and Fishing News

We at Shotem and Caughtem are constantly scouring the internet looking for news about the industry so we can pass it on to our members and followers.  Without your support we will not grow and hopefully one day be known as the place to go to see what is happening around the world when it comes to hunting and fishing.  A great place to share photos, videos and experiences from the great outdoors.  However, once again the news seems to be targeting our passions.  Matthew McConaughey recently had to take a step back from a ranch owned by him and his brother due to hunting controversy.  Kid Rock and Ted Nugent made it into the news with a hunting picture posted by the rock stars.

A Safe Place to post Hunting/Angling Photos and Videos

The old saying "If you don't like what is on change the channel!"  The digital age has created some interesting ways to bully and sometimes no way to get away from something you don't want to see.  Twitter has introduced a new way to spread viral discussions by posting things that have high retweet or favorites to other peoples twitter streams that have no affiliation to the original person who posted the information.  As a matter of fact this type of practice is what many think has allowed ISIS to spread their message and grow their support.  

More Targeted Social Networks

We feel that as the world wide web evolves more niche social networks will become the norm.  Those of us that have a passion for hunting and fishing do not want to see information about the next best weight loss pill.  We want to see the latest gear, best hunting and fishing tactics and converse with those that have the same outdoor adventures.  That is why we continue to ask for your help in growing our network.  We think we have provided our members with a great platform to share their adventures and knowledge to other like minded people.  However, we need more.  More of your friends, family and other cool kids to get on board and share.  We understand that facebook, instagram and twitter have the numbers but they did not start out that way.  As the smaller networks like ours begin to grow the site will begin to snowball.  

We hope you come share as much as you can so that we can start to attract more and more and become the social network you choose because the people here just know two things and know it well.  Hunting and Fishing!

Year 2 of our Social Network Creation

We at Shotem and Caughtem can not thank all of our members enough for their support.  It has been yet another great year for us at and we are looking forward to what the next year will bring.  Just a few stats to help you know you are a part of something much bigger.  Continuing support and driving friends and family to the site will only help us grow and in turn give us the means to give back to you not only as individuals but as a group.  We have big plans to change the way social networking works and we can only hope you give us the opportunity to create something new and different.

Other Social Networks turning their backs on the Hunting and Fishing Community

All of us who hunt and fish know that we are involved in an industry that shares it's involvement in controversy.  As proof Facebook has already shown its stance against those who hunt and fish so we can only imagine that the others will begin to follow suit as they become bigger.  Though twitter has not seem to head that direction as more and more technology companies combine this will only become more of an issue.  That is why we feel our site is so important.

A Year of Expansion

We at Shotem and Caughtem made some bold moves based on our members this year.  We moved to our own private server to increase speed and try to eliminate hick ups.  We have had good responses with how much nicer the platform has been since the change.  Faster upload speeds and surfing has been the overall response.  We also released our app towards the end of this year.  It has given our members more flexibility to keep posting and seeing what's happening on the website day to day.  

Finding Partnerships

Our New Years resolution is to find strategic partners and members.  So far this site is the creation, upkeep and monetary cost of just one person.  A person that wants to change the face of social networks in a lifestyle to which plays a large part in his life.  Hunting and fishing has been a huge part of my life.  It is a lifestyle I wear and share with pride.  Recently I read an article that spoke about the fact that we as individuals must begin to create a larger voice to help in changing the status quo.  I hope you join us in creating such a voice and tell others about us.  We are always looking for new and creative ways to help find partnerships with individuals, companies and groups to help not only expand their market share but also their own aspirations.  

 

Published in User Spotlight

As Shotem and Caughtem Seasons begin to cross paths and come into full stride we thought we might impart a little knowledge before the weekend when it comes to the secrets of landing monster catches or trophy sized big game.  As with any sport such as ours, sometimes you might just get a little lady luck thrown your way.  A bit of right place at the right time.  However, if you listen to many pros and individuals who have landed the big ones, the greatest ally many will acknowledge is the hardest one for many of us hunters and fisherman to remember........time.

Time spent on the water or in the field is one precious thing that many of us do not have the luxury of acquiring in the large amounts.  We started Shotem and Caughtem just after the end of last years deer hunting season.  Since then our time spent on the water or in the field has been limited.  We try to get out as much as we can but we have not been able to dedicate the time it takes to truly track, map, maintain and lure in the monsters.  Even more frustrating sometimes is the inability to hunt your own place.  Because hunting has turned into a pay to play game many must rely on public lands to hunt and fish.  Once again this also makes it hard to set up things like feeders, cameras and food plots.  So you need more time scouting these locations to track movement or figure out the under water topography.  

Time is a resource that is limited for most.  As we sit watching shows on the Outdoor Channel, Discovery or Sportsman Channel we fail to remember that many of these hunters and fisherman/woman spends days or weeks in these areas in search of the right animals.  Many use outfitters who know when certain animals poop.  They too many times come home empty handed.  They too wish they had more time, better weather or sometimes just better luck.  It is why we love the sports so much.

So we feel that everyone should remember that we all sometimes just need more time.  Do not get discouraged.  You will never meet someone who considers themselves a great outdoorsman/woman that does not have as many glory stories as they have mishaps or nothing to show for their efforts.  It is why they call the sports hunting and fishing and not shooting and catching.

The one thing we always seem to remember from our times on the water or in the fields is the beauty of mother nature and time with our friends and family.  It is what takes out time and time again.  

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and we hope when you do land even the small ones you post your photos to the galleries or start your own gallery and share your adventures with your friends and family.  Remember your time spent outdoors is what you should brag about, big or small.  It is why we are so proud of what Shotem and Caughtem has to offer for our members.  Have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend!  We all hope you find more time!

 

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 19:44

Poisoned Fish Inhabit California Lakes

We at Shotem and Caughtem built this website based on our love of the great outdoors.  Even more important to us is the ability to pass this tradition down to future generations.  Many groups have been attacking the sport, but reports like this are usually made as a result of our industry as a whole.  Unfortunately the mistakes of past generations has a direct bearing on what we leave behind for the next.  As such, the northern half of California has issued a ban on fish consumption from local rivers and lakes due to high mercury levels contained in the fish.  

The new advisory recommends that women between the ages of 18 and 45 and children under 18 should avoid eating bass, carp and brown trout larger than 16 inches because of a risk of methyl mercury exposure, which has been shown to damage the brain and nervous system.

Some species of fish, including bullhead, catfish and bluegill, are acceptable for consumption at one serving a week. Species that are safe to eat include wild-caught rainbow trout and small brown trout. The advisory and guidelines stem from OEHHA's evaluation of 272 lakes and reservoirs, and 2,600 fish samples.

The advisory combined mercury data from fish in California lakes that currently do not have advisories and compared those mercury levels to acceptable human exposure levels.

In the Sacramento region, at Folsom Lake and Lake Notoma, the advisory recommends following the new guidelines if the fish caught are not covered by already set location-specific guidelines.  In the Sierra, the guidelines apply to lakes including Lake Wildwood, Scotts Flat and Bullards Bar, as well as the Union Valley Reservoir.

The guidelines dovetail with what is known about streams in the Delta, where fish sampling has established the presence of high mercury levels due to historic mining operations in the late 19th century, where mercury was widely used. A recently released study found that sportfish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed had higher concentrations of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) than anywhere else in the state.

The advisories can be found at www.oehha.ca.gov/fish.html.

 
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:02

How to Filet a Fish Tips and Tricks

With fishing season starting to be in full swing we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would do a quick line on the steps it takes to appropriately fillet a fish.  As any outdoorsman/woman knows the best food we eat is that which comes straight from the water or field to our plate.  This definitely holds true with fresh line caught fish.  When procured from a good habitat the taste of fresh fish does not have the tastes that store bought net fish have with a slight exception for bottom feeders.  

Bottom feeders such as catfish, halibut, etc. take a little more time and care should you want the best tasting fish.  For these fish we recommend having a tank or horse trough filled with clean water and a an aerator.  This is not always the case and you can usually tell by the color of the fish as to whether it will need this extra step.  If pulled from a clean/clear lake or stream they will have their bright clean colors.  However, when pulled from a muddy or dirty river or stream you will notice that the color of the fish is also muddy or off.  For these fish a trip to the tank can provide you with the clean tasting fish you are craving.  You will notice after the fish couple of hours the color of your tank water will start to change as the fish cycles out the toxins and muddy water from its body.  We usually have to change the water out a couple time to achieve the right color on our fish.

Before starting the steps below we recommend finding the sharpest set of knives you have and not just one.  As with any animal, when it comes to skinning or filleting their tough skin and scales can make quick work on even the sharpest knife.  Make sure you have a knife sharpener.  Also a fish cleaning board or something that will allow you to nail the tail end or the fish to the board will help you make a nicer fillet but is not required.  

 

Here are some steps to follow when filleting your fish:

Step 1 - Put the scaled fish on a chopping board and, using scissors, trim off the fins by the head on each side, and any fins that run along the top and on the underside of the fish.

Step 2 - With the tip of the knife, pierce the stomach of the fish using the small hole by the tail as a guide. Run the knife from the tail to the head, cutting open the stomach. Clean out the contents of the stomach and rinse the fish in cold running water or by dipping it into a bucket of clean water.

Step 3 - Return the fish to the chopping board and make a long cut around the head and just below the gills on both sides: remove the head.

Step 4 - Tail towards you, run the knife down the spine to the tail in a gentle slicing - not sawing - action, working the blade between the spine and the flesh. Repeat until the fillet begins to come away - lift the fillet to see where you're working.

Step 5 - When you get to the rib bones, let the knife follow the shape of the fish and slice over the bones. Once you've removed the fillet, set it aside.

Step 6 - Turn over the fish and repeat with the second fillet, this time starting at the tail and working towards the head. Be careful - the second fillet may be a little trickier to remove.

If you have any tips or tricks you think we missed add them to the comment section below.  Most of all post your photos and tell us about your adventures in the galleries.  

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 19:28

Drought Conditions Report

As is the case with many areas around the United States we are in the midst of a wide spread drought.  Low lake and river conditions are going to cause major problems for much of Mother Natures children.  Here in Kansas we have already seen a huge reduction in many bird species and our low lakes and streams will have an effect on our fish populations.  Low water conditions have made it hard for many species to survive and reproduce.  It will undoubtibly have an effect on the spring fish spawning season since many of those habitats no longer have water.  It will be more important than ever to make sure all hunters and fisherman adhere to restrictions.  We will be dealing with a population decrease throughout many species.  All the different lakes have been recording record low conditions.  Table Rock Lake, Mo last spring had water flowing over it's dam due to record amounts of rain.  Today the lake is 10ft below normal levels.  Beaver Lake, Ar. is down 13ft.  Even Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have diverted cargo ships due to the low water levels.  Across much of the Midwest these conditions can be seen in even smaller lakes and streams.  Around our area lakes, ponds and streams on many farms and ranches have not gone dry like this since the dust bowl.  Texas has seen a decrease in not only the population but in the size of their deer.  Pheasant hunting was non exsistant this year in much of Kansas.  Hopefully rain will come before it has drastic effects on the fish population since they have not yet recovered from the record high water temperatures seen last year.  We will keep you posted on how the Wildlife and Parks department feels the spring spawn went and whether or not you should be more concious about catching, taking a photo and posting it to ShotemandCaughtem and releasing your catch or enjoying your hard work in a perfect meal.