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Thursday, 04 October 2018 14:59

Hunting and Fishing Socail Network Back Online

From Kansas to Colorado to Oklahoma!

Well to say we here at Shotem and Caughtem have been busy the last couple years is an understatement.  I moved from my home since birth......Kansas....to Colorado for a couple years and now to Oklahoma.  It has been interesting to say the least and I now have the experience of finding out what other states are like to hut and fish.  Even though we were still based in the Midwest through these many moves the contrast between what is available to hunters and fisherman could not be more diverse.  Also we would like to address what has been making headlines when it comes to the decline of hunting and fishing.  There have been a lot of great articles lately on the subject but we would also like to add they missed one big reason we think it is happening.  As always we would love to here your views on the subject.  Here are a couple of the articles we have been seeing all lends to a good read as to some options to help lessen the decline.

Colorado River Pollutants head Downstream

As is the case with many environmental disasters the first line of thought is how it will effect the human population.  As is the case with the recent Colorado chemical spill into the Colorado River the first attention goes towards drinking water.  However, an even larger threat is to the overall food chain.  Plants and small insects then just head up the food chain.  Another thing is that much of the water in the Colorado river is also used for irrigation.  This will effect even more animals higher up the food chain.  Agriculture is then contaminated and so are the rabbits, mice, birds, coyotes, deer etc.  Eventually we as humans are then contaminated world wide. 

Hunting and Fishing for sustainable Living

Though no one likes to admit it, it once again hits home the way of life we have a passion to lead.  Here in Kansas it will take a while before our herds populate enough to contaminate our food chain just a state away.  States even further away would not have to deal with this for an even longer period.  However, we might never know when we walk in a super market where our steak, corn, or if a box might hold some of the soybean or other plant fillers from the contaminated area.  

Wildlife and Parks Funding

Due to the adverse effects to the food chain I am sure the government will rely on some of the surplus provided by those of us that hunt and fish to help pay for the clean up efforts going on as we speak............Just a random thought on a Tuesday for you to ponder.  By the way have you thanked a hunter or angler today?  

Many US States looking to increase Hunting and Angling fees

I know........ we were shocked by the news just like many of those in the states effected.  Here are some huge reasons why a social network dedicated to hunting and fishing could have such a profound effect on what we are about to discuss.  Last year we talked about where the money goes from increases in license fees.  Many times it goes nowhere.  Reasons.  Thanks to many of our founding fathers experiences with the concept of redistribution of tax dollars they added a sweet little piece of pie that prevented any state from using fees collected for hunting and fishing licenses to be used for anything other than items or projects related to hunting and fishing.  What they did not figure on was borrowing against those accounts to fund other projects.   

License Money not being used to better Wildlife

What the founding fathers did not bet on was the potential loop hole.  Though they can not use that money to fund projects outside the Department of Wildlife what they can do is use the money in the account and borrow against it to fund other projects.  Those sneaky devils.

Creating a Larger Voice using Social Media for Hunting and Fishing

There are some absolutely phenomenal wildlife, hunting and fishing organizations, magazines and groups. Creating a space to act as one large voice could help to free those tax dollars to be used to help develop larger scale projects to help with many of the issues we are facing.  Whether you take the side of conservation, creating better water resources, or wildlife habitats it solves bigger issues than many would care to admit.  However, it would also take away borrowing power to fund projects not Wildlife and Parks related.  It is definitely would make a great discussion on one of boards?  Hope you come join us and add your thoughts.  We would love to share them with our other social media outlets that do not dedicate themselves to the great outdoors like Shotem and Caughtem.

Opening Day of Turkey and Trout Season

April marks opening day of what we like to call Shotem and Caughtem Season.  As spring arrives and temperatures begin to warm the time arrives for us to put our cold weather clothes in storage and break out the camo and tackle boxes.  This time is one of our favorites.  The cool mornings allow us the comfort of sleeping a bit later and still hitting the good morning bite and with some good scouting knowing where the turkey roost allow us to know the best place to sit for turkeys.  As such we thought we would scour the world wide web for some good early spring articles and offer our thoughts on the matter. 

Turkey Call and Strut Video

Spring Fishing Tips

Spring Weather Severe Storms Make great Scouting and Fishing

A good thunderstorm can be used as a great decoy or excuse to get things in the animal world moving.  Big Toms will usually call back to thunder and can be used to help track roosting spots on your hunting land.  However, they will only gobble a couple of times and will then move to cover.  Hunters participating in West Virginia's spring gobbler survey have provided weather information to biologists for 18 years, and it is evident that the best spring gobbling occurs during clear days with little wind and no precipitation.  Conversely, periods of reduced gobbling activity coincide with cloudy skies, rain and windy conditions.  Research elsewhere on the relationship between gobbling and weather has shown that precipitation and high wind occurring as much as 12 hours prior to the time of gobbling will result in decreased gobbling.  One Alabama study showed that days with dew on the ground were good gobbling days, and that barometric pressure had little impact on gobbling although it is a part of the reason for changes in weather patterns.

The relationship between gobbling and temperatures is not as definitive.  One research study indicated increased gobbling occurred with higher temperatures, and another did not show any relationship between temperature and gobbling.

Many fisherman will always brag about the bite being best right before a thunderstorm.  Severe spring weather can be a great way to catch some big fish and track turkey on your property.  Just remember to be safe when out during times like these.  Lightning can be unforgiving and getting stranded in open water during heavy thunderstorms can not only be cringe worthy but unsafe as well.

Caught in Severe Weather while Boating

Spring storms can come out of nowhere it seems sometimes.  Should you be caught in one of these situations here are some rules of thumb.

  1. If possible, head for the nearest shore that is safe to approach. If already caught in a storm, it may be best to ride it out in open water rather than try to approach the shore in heavy wind and waves.
  2. Head the bow into the waves at a 45-degree angle. PWCs should head directly into the waves.
  3. Keep a sharp lookout for other vessels, debris, shoals, or stumps.
  4. If the engine stops, drop a "sea anchor" on a line off the bow to keep the bow headed into the wind and reduce drifting while you ride out the storm. In an emergency, a bucket will work as a sea anchor. Without power, a powerboat usually will turn its stern to the waves and could be swamped more easily.
  5. If the sea anchor is not sufficient, anchor using your conventional anchor to prevent your boat from drifting into dangerous areas.  

 

Great article on Fishing from the Shoreline

Recently we at Shotem and Caughtem had a friend that moved from the midwest where fishing from the shore around farm ponds and watersheds can yield some big fish to the Gulf of Mexico and no boat.  We decided that we needed to do some research on ways to still catch big fish without the capabilities of always being able to have a boat to cruse the waters for the big ones.  Lucky for us we found a great article from our friends Outdoor Life that talks about the top three spots to fish from the shoreline and the best methods those top anglers use.  

Beware of Sharks

One thing this article did not point out was the trouble with sharks.  As is the case with many of the best fishing spots in the ocean, where there are big fish, there are predators.  One thing the news has pointed out recently is that when we travel to other continents or out into the ocean we as humans are not the top predator.  Recent news from Australia or those of us that are addicted to Shark Week already knew that sharks prey the same waters hunting those very fish we are after.  So please be aware of your surroundings when using these tips and tricks when fishing from the shoreline.  You never know what might be hunting beside you!

We hope you share your shoreline adventures with us in the galleries or in the comment section below.  Either way we hope you have a Shotem and Caughtem weekend.  

 

Christmas Ideas For Hunters and Fisherman/woman

We at Shotem and Caughtem split our Xmas gift ideas into two separate blogs so that we could hunt for some of the last minute savings available prior to the holidays.  Yes even us at Shotem and Caughtem have been known to procrastinate till the last minute.  So here are some added ideas for the outdoorsman/woman in your life.

Ammunition

In part one of our blog we discussed a angler can never have too many lures.  The same goes for the hunter.  You can never have too much ammo.  Even if you see bulk or boxes of ammo around you will never here a person say "I think I have too much ammo".   No matter the time of season, whether it will be used right away, no one that hunts will hate to get more ammo.  So just take a peak and see what caliber of ammo your hunter has and go grab a couple more boxes   or buy in bulk practice rounds for a great family or partner outing.  Either way you can't go wrong.  For the cheapest per box ammo, Walmart seems to have the best every day prices even though you can find some deals when they become available at Cabelas, Dicks, Academy Sports or Bass Pro.

Great Bulk Ammo Prices

Adding Bells and Whistles to any Firearm

This can seem like a daunting task for anyone who does not directly know the ends and outs of firearms or needs for the hunter.  As such we will help you by adding in some hot questions into your conversations to find the perfect addition.  

If you could add anything to your "favorite" hunting rifle/pistol what would it be?

If you had a better way to carry your gun would you use it?

Are you missing anything to have the perfect hunting pack?

Just some ideas as answers.  There are always scope additions, lights, bipods, extra magazines, holsters, slings or in the field equipment hunters would like to have but have not spent the money to get for themselves.  Some might have a great LED headlamp to get into the field but have not splurged to get a red light which tends to not scare wildlife.  All hunters have a functioning sling or holster for their favorite gun.  They might not have a really nice leather sling or holster due to practical cost.  As one hunter put it so well you can never have too many nice, sharp knives in your pack for skinning, hacking or boning animals.  If you have a bird hunter you can not go wrong with getting them a Kicks Industry choke tube for their favorite Shotgun.  

Locking Up your precious Guns and Valuables

Looking for a great gift for the both of you?  Now a days safes are built for locking up more than just guns.  Stack-On products has a safe to answer any needs.  Whether you are locking up guns, jewelry or other personal belongings Stack-On Products makes a safe to suit not only an individual but a whole family's security needs. 

Survival Gear for the Outdoors

We can not tell you how many people we hunt and fish with do not go out with some kind of a survival pack.  Even just some basics like rubbing alcohol or band aids.  Just hitting your local pharmacy and getting some basic necessities can make a great stocking stuffer and make sure your hunter or angler can fix even simple cuts and scraps.  Want to go a bit further.  They now make a simple trauma kit in a bag for sale at many of the large outdoor retailers.  The human being needs the three basics in the outdoors.  Water, fire and shelter.  Providing some basics to help achieve these three basic needs can be the difference in the field or on the water.  

A Community for those Who Hunt and/or Fish

Yes this last one is free and a shameless plug.  Letting friends and family know about Shotem and Caughtem.  A social network built around those who love the great outdoors.  A place to share with the world their adventures by land or by water.  We hope you have a great holiday and get some quality time in outdoors!

 

Great Gifts for the Hunting and Fishing Community

We at Shotem and Caughtem know that shopping for the hunter or fisherman/woman in your life can seem like a daunting task.  Fortunately, though you might think we have every one of our needs met there are still some things we ight not have that are great things to have in the field so we thought we would list our top ten picks for great gift ideas. 

Great clothing ideas as gifts

We have been hunting and fishing for over a decade and always need or want extra clothing.  Whether it be thermal clothes for the winter, extra colors of camo for different times of the year or just replacing our favorite clothes to wear in the field, anyone who hunts and fishes can always use extra clothes.  If you ever wonder what someone might need listen to what we complain about when we get back from the outdoors.  Whether we tore our favorite pants climbing over a barb wire fence, or commented on our feet getting soaked while out on the water there is a clothing need that can be met and some great products to meet those needs.  Heck you might even have someone who has thought about duck hunting or ice fishing but has not tried it since they do not have the appropriate clothing yet.  Want to save a little money, wait until a particular season is over and watch the clothes get marked down over 50%.  Winter clothes go on sale in the spring months and spring/summer clothes go on sale during fall. A perfect example is this waterproof coat 

Trail Cameras, GoPros, Cases and Mounts for Cell Phones

The technology now available to the hunting and fishing community are vast.  Those who hunt and fish and want to share their adventures can always use the new technology to document either the fields they hunt or the adventures they go on and want to capture.  There are a variety of mounts and rigs that allow you to mount your cell phone or go pro and capture some great angles.  Trail cameras can be a great way to see what is walking through an area.  The new cases allow even those who hunt public land to secure their camera to help detour theft.  This trail camera is almost 100 dollars off right now 

Lures, Poles and Tackle 

We have never made the comment while out on the water "WOW I think I have too much tackle."  No fisherman has said these words nor will they.  Whether it is having other colors of their favorite lure or some they have never tried there are some great lure and tackle options for the fisherman/woman in your life.  There are some great companies who are already apart of Shotem and Caughtem you should check out.

Pole tap Smart rod 

Great lures from some of our members: http://www.berkley-fishing.com/ and http://www.thrownthunderlures.com/ and http://www.anglerschoice.ca/

Hunting Decoys, Calls and Accessories

Whether you have a dove, turkey, upland bird, big game, small game or migratory bird hunter in your life they always need more supplies.  No matter the animal there is a call, decoy or piece of equipment we have either worn to the bone or want more variety.  The guys we duck and goose hunt with say you can never have to many decoys.  There are a variety of different sounds or calls a hunter can see in the field to either scare away the prey we don't want around or attract the ones we do and there is a call for them.  Whether it is extra lanyards, holsters, backpacks or cases those who hunt or fish can never have to much stuff.  As a matter of fact we feel it is a matter of pride to complain about how much stuff we do or don't have.

Great decoys :  www.mojooutdoors.com  

 

Optics and Fish Finders

There is no better gift to those who hunt or fish than added vision.  Whether it is the latest and greatest fish finder, gps, rifle scope, spotting scope or binoculars enhancing your outdoorsman/womans vision can be a great gift.  Whether it is enhancing their ability to see in low light, extending their range or tracking even the deepest depths there is an answer to your gift idea.     

Cabelas is running a sale right now on Nikon Scopes 

Have some ideas on some other great options for your wish list and want to be included then we hope you comment below and let us know or become and member and show us why your gear should make our favorite christmas list.

Hunting and Fishing Friendships and Bonds 

Recently we were having a discussion about Shotem and Caughtem which presented some worries about becoming a member we felt needed to be addressed.  The person felt like Shotem and Caughtem potentially competed with their own person blog about hunting and fishing related stories and products.  They felt that becoming a member might detract from there own hopes of creating a business around the subject of hunting and fishing.  However, once we explained what we are all about they began to want to learn more about our site, expanding friendships and sharing knowledge about hunting and fishing is at our core.  A social network to meet others and discuss adventures and opportunities with one another.  We hope that our members use the website to expand their own fan base just like they use other networks such as facebook, instagram, youtube and twitter.  The difference between those and us is that everyone that is a member on our site loves the great outdoors.  A target rich environment.  

Expanding your SEO reach in the industry

We hope to help those who help us.  We want to turn the point of a social network on its head by rewarding those who take the time to post and reward us through their interactions on the website.  We are more than aware that we are not the expert in all things hunting and fishing and that our members have a wealth of information in different aspects of the industry.  We want to create a site that gives back.  A social network should be built to help those who contribute.  We want our members to share links to their blogs, post pictures of their adventures, great ways to cook wild game, and share what their services have to offer to those in the market.  We want our members to grow with us and reward them for our help.  Our help is that as we expand our reach instead of being bombarded with ads to make money that we can use our blog as a resource for others to want to contribute their stories and information.  The small banner ads on the website will be the only form of advertising.  

Best Hunting and Fishing Community on the World Wide Web

This is our goal.  To create a place for all the latest and greatest information relating to the hunting and fishing industry.  With all the noise on the web we hope to help spread the word about great products, recipes and adventures to help create one big voice.  We hunt and fish so we have always been use to going after the big game.  We hope with all of the cyber bullying happening on other social networks that we can create a place free from the hunting and fishing hating community.  Need more mobility?  We now have an app so you can take Shotem and Caughtem with you on your mobile devices http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=282&Itemid=491 We hope you come join us and share.  

 

Published in User Spotlight

We at Shotem and Caughtem hoped that we would be telling you that the app is ready for download.  We are so close we can taste it.  Just one final tweak and we will be announcing its release to our members only first.  If you have not become a member yet we suggest you do as we will allow our members to be the first to know for awhile till we actually alert the public and media.  

Celebrating our rights to Hunt and Fish

The 4th of July is a time we all celebrate our independence and freedoms.  We celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending those freedoms with some high quality outdoor time.  We will be out testing more of the products given to us by Berkley and Anglers Choice.  We could not be more excited to get back out on the water.  Working on the app has taken away most of our free time and getting outdoors.

History of hunting and fishing

Hunting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting    Fishing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_fishing

 

Bullying Hunters and Anglers

It has been another interesting week for those that love to hunt and fish.  Yet another person is being trashed for their passion of the lifestyle.  Kendall Jones, 19, has been taking heat from posting her photos to her facebook page.  We feel it is just a matter of time before this type of action is taken against those who also use social networks like instagram, twitter, etc.  Luckily for our members this type of posting is what we are all about.  Those who have a passion for the great outdoors now have a place to share their adventures without fear of being ridiculed.  However, if you still want to post photos to your other networks you can still share to those other networks through Shotem and Caughtem.  If you get a little heat from those on other networks you can still direct people to your individual profile so that they can still view your adventures. (example www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey)

Most of all we are excited to hopefully get the chance to tell you about the app release!  We hope all our members have a safe, fun and exciting holiday weekend.  Most of all should you be out this weekend we hope you share your adventures to our members and your network.  Have a wonderful Shotem and Caughtem weekend! 

Thursday, 26 June 2014 22:01

Warm water fishing tactics and tips

Warm water fishing brings out an abundance of Bait

With the holiday of our independence and the warming trend in temperatures across the country we felt it was a good time to start talking about warmer water fishing tactics.  Warm temperatures and an abundance of bait fish in the water makes the summer time a little more difficult for fishing.  However, they are there and still catchable.  Some might just need to switch their tactics a little.

As water temperatures warm different species of fish will move seeking cooler water temperatures at whatever the comfort level is for that particular species. Oxygen supply is also a factor since the warmer water typically holds less oxygen that fish need.

Facts about Pike and Trout Movements

People used to believe that northern pike lost their teeth in summer since they were difficult to catch. Now we know that this is not true. The pike just move to different locations such as much deeper and colder water where there may be openings in the weed beds for them to ambush baitfish.
In streams the trout will seek cover, cool water, and oxygen. This typically will be deep riffles or rapids or maybe a deep, shaded pool with a riffle at the head. These riffles provide aeration and trout typically will be in or just below the oxygenated water.

Warm water Stresses Fish Habits

Something we should be aware of is the effect of stress on fish in warm water. A trout that has fought for a long time in warm water often will not survive, no matter how carefully you handle and release it. At the very least, put away those darn ultra light rods – or better yet give them to some kids.
Many trout anglers avoid fishing and stressing out trout in small or medium streams. Instead they concentrate on larger waters like West Canada Creek which may be cooler and more oxygenated. Many fishermen do not bother to fish for native trout under these conditions, but concentrate on the waters where much of the fishing is put and take anyway.

Bass will also seek cooler water. For smallmouth bass this usually means deep water along some rocky structure where they move up in evening to feed. Deep water tactics such as live bait, jigs, or jigging spoons are usually best.

Largemouth bass will move deeper for cooler water, although they tolerate warmer water than smallmouths. They will usually seek shade from the bright sun by holding deep in cover such as dense weeds during the daylight. Plastic worms rigged weedless, sinking worms, or drop shot rigs with Berkley “Gulp” minnows may be your best bet. Top water lures in the evening are effective and fun.

Even though bass are hardy fish that are used to warmer waters, their chances for survival are greatly diminished when kept out of water for long in this warm weather. Fight the fish quickly, and if at all possible unhook it while it is still in the water. Using circle hooks which tend to hook a fish in the edge of the lip makes it easier to quickly release a bass.

Of course anglers are still taking some nice salmon, steelhead, and brown trout on Lake Ontario. But it is easy for salmon and trout to move a little bit deeper or further from shore and be in colder water. Check fishing reports on FishNY.com or lakeontariooutdoors.com for the latest depths, lures, etc.
For increased fishing action try fishing during periods of low light or even at night. Trout fishing at dawn or twilight is your best bet. Fishing for big brown trout at night can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Trout fishing on a rainy day is usually good.

Night Fishing can Increase Success for Predatory Species

Night fishing for bass is great since the action is often at its best and you can take them using surface or shallow water lures and tactics. Instead of battling weeds, try fishing after dark with poppers, chuggers, and other top-water lures. Know your waters and fish over relatively shallow weed beds.
The fish usually are not where you found them in May and regardless they are wary or lethargic. But adjust your tactics and you can still find fun and action. It sure beats the alternative of watching “reality shows” on TV.

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