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Monday, 21 July 2014 22:04

Prepping for Hunting Season

Getting ready for the Hunt

As many of you already know their is no such thing as an off season when it comes to those with a passion for hunting and fishing.  As such with hunting season quickly approaching DOVE SEASON!, sorry we love this time of year, there are plenty of things that need to be done way before the season arrives.  The last thing one wants to do is have their human scent on every leaf of a property before the season gets into full swing.  As such there are plenty of things to do before hunting season so here are just a couple of the things we tried to get accomplished this past weekend and lets see if you agree.

Preparing your hunting location

First things first.  Mowing.  We have neglected much of the property since the pasture was burned due to large amounts of rain.  As such the grass is tall.  Too tall as a matter of fact.  Any prey species is weary of walking into heavy tall grass that could slow escape or cover a potential predator.  With the grass being 3 feet tall and thick the deer are only using their own usual worn paths and the turkey are using surrounding properties or fields, which doesn't work for us.  The best way to bring them down our paths is to make sure the appropriate paths are mowed and permit travel of turkey and deer to our feeders and snacks and open up large areas allowing the animals to feel safe from predation.

Create Shooting lanes and hunting environment

Also many new trees have sprouted or limbs that are now blocking our shooting lanes.  Trees have fallen, limbs litter paths all creating an obstacle that could deter animals from moving into areas we would rather them not move.  Maintaining and looking for new potential avenues and foraging areas can help grow your potential shooting locations for different animals.  Making sure your animals have places to hide, paths to walk and a great place for you to hunt requires a little up keep every year. (tip:  dove for some reason love to use dead trees to perch.  Clearing an area, planting some of those dead limbs and or trees in an open field or close to water will give you a great spot to hunt).

Proper Scouting for Hunters

Scouting your area once your upkeep has been done can help you track your improvements and make sure you have time to tweak your ideas prior to the season.  Once you have done a little prep set your trail cameras up with the intent to move them around and see where animals are heading.  Just because you feel you have made the perfect animal oasis does not mean that they might not be using the path you like to take to get there as their path as well and you could be spooking animals with your scent before they ever make it to you.  Should you need to move stands, feeders etc. starting to see your animals movements earlier can give you plenty of time to adjust prior to hunting season.  

Scent eliminator suggestions

Have any early prep tricks and tips you like to use.  Share with us in the comment section below.  As always the early bird gets the worm and then gets to share their prize to one of the walls once the season is in full swing.  

 

 

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.

A lifelong bond between those who Hunt and Fish

We at Shotem and Caughtem recently found out that one of our closest friends is moving to another state for work and it got us thinking.  The bond between those who enjoy the great outdoors with one another.  The bond created amongst those who we fish and hunt with that are hard to come by and replace.  The time spent in the great outdoors with those who have the same passion can create some of the funniest stories, greatest moments of accomplishment and an amazing relationship.  We don't really know how to explain it, but one thing is for sure, there is no other relationship in the world like the one you have with your hunting and fishing buddy. There is a bond there that can never be broken. You could not see or speak to him/her for years and know exactly the right words when it comes time to say them. You have an understanding between each other about life that never has to be spoken, but yet is always understood.

A Social Network dedicated to keeping and preserving the outdoor bond

It is why we started this website.  The bond of trash talking, taunting one another with the biggest racks, catches and the most birds is what gave us the idea for the website.  The mishaps section came from some of our funniest memories from the field and water.  For the better part of two decades we can not remember being in the field without one another.  The move to another state will most definitely put a distance between the times we head out into the great outdoors with one another.  Those times will definitely be missed.

However, now that we almost have the app completed we will always have Shotem and Caughtem.  A place to tag one another, brag and share our stories from a far.  It will give us new opportunities to hunt and fish and create new stories.  It is what we are all about.  That bond and stories now have a new place to call home.  We even make it easier to connect with one another with individual profile names such as www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey

Yes it is time for the next chapter in our stories with one another.  Though the time we spend together in the outdoors will become smaller, we will no doubt never forget the time we have had nor the great times ahead.  Good luck and all the best.  Can't wait to write our next chapter together!

 

Monday, 09 June 2014 22:19

Berkley Fishing Havoc Boss Dog Bait

We at Shotem and Caughtem got to run out an enjoy the nice weekend and test out some new baits sent to us by Berkley fishing.  With the clear water conditions and the amount of bait fish we saw by the shore line we choose to grab the Boss Dog bait they sent us to try out first.  Lucky for us we made the correct choice.  Bass in our area always seem to have the taste for lizard and this bait does not disappoint.  

The difference between many of the lizards we have fished within the past is Berkley changed the tail to add a little more eye appeal.   Not only does the bait come in a variety of colors for the right water conditions, but the tail construction adds similar effect to the swim motion that you find in many worm baits.  Needless to say we and the bass seem to be big fans of what the bait has to offer.  

We definitely will continue to have this bait in our tackle box for years to come.  We not only enjoyed its look but the single bait we had weather more than a dozen hard hits from 3-4.5lb bass and is still ready for the next trip out.  It seem to hold up very well to not only the strikes but to consistent re-hooking to our weedless approach.  

Let us know your experience with Berkley baits in the comment section below.  We were lucky enough to get several of their baits to test and hope to receive more that we might be able to distribute to our members for posting their photos.  Continue to check in and see what else Berkley gave us to try this season and see how it faired in our area of the world.    

 



Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:48

If we were to Ban Hunting and Fishing

With the recent news of Metallica's front man James Hetfield taking heat for just being the voice of a new hunting series, we at Shotem and Caughtem felt it was once again time to search the internet for more articles related to the subject of hunting.  Right wrong or indifferent, however, one might feel about the subject no one nation or country feels the effects of this debate more than Africa.  A constant struggle between available resources, a huge human population and not enough food produced to sustain growth.  No one knows the battle better than those who live that life day to day.  We already have some great members who share their adventures from this region so it was not hard for us to turn to resource that would report on what is happening through their own eyes.  We hope that you take the time to read and forward this well written article to those who judge without proper evidence of just how beneficial our passion for this lifestyle can be and it's effects.  A big thanks to All Africa for sharing their views.  

Here is just a brief excerpt from the article the link to the full article is below:

Put very simply - if wildlife does not generate benefits, it will be displaced by agriculture and other land uses. Even national parks must provide benefits to neighbouring communities if they are to be viable conservation entities, rather than isolated islands surrounded by conflicting land uses and communities hostile to conservation.

By allowing wildlife management to be a viable land use, with both hunting and tourism providing the returns, large tracts of African habitat can be maintained in a healthy state. This includes habitat for valuable, rare and endangered species such as rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and numerous other species. In Namibia, healthy populations of all these species occur in communal areas, on private land and in national parks - simply because they generate income. Take away legal trophy hunting, and wildlife will be the loser. Commercial poaching is minimal in Namibia, because poaching is seen as stealing from local communities. In the very few incidents of rhino poaching, the help of local people has lead to the arrest of the culprits.

What of the ethical and moral implications of hunting a wild animal?

At some stage, each individual animal must die. That is part of the cycle of life itself. Generally, old or weak wild animals die a painful or violent death - either from starvation or disease, or by being killed and eaten by predators, or by being killed by rivals of their own species.

But the overall population continues to thrive - as long as there is enough suitable habitat available.

Saying 'I don't want any animals to die' does not help the situation. Becoming a vegetarian will not save any African wildlife. Condemning legal hunting does not help either. African land is needed to generate livelihoods - if these livelihoods are not generated through wildlife use, then wildlife disappears. The less wildlife is used, the less it will be able to survive.

Eating game meat is in fact an ecologically sustainable option, because it adds another area of income that gives people the incentive to allow wildlife to remain on the land.

Trophy hunting generally focuses on post-reproductive males, as these have the most mature trophies. Only a very small percentage of the population is hunted (0.5 to 2%), with no impact on the overall health of the species.

To read more of this article follow the link http://allafrica.com/stories/201406050519.html 

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 22:05

Angler's Choice Flappin Weasel

We at Shotem and Caughtem got out this weekend to do a little fishing with some baits sent in by our good friends at Angler's Choice.  We thought we might pass off our initial thoughts on the baits which is a story that will continue.  As anyone that fishes know the reason we carry around so many different baits is because what colors, shapes or sizes that work one day, might not work as well the very next day.  As such we like to make sure we don't give any of the products we review a one and done kind of review.  

Angler's Choice was kind enough to send us a nice array of the baits they offer.  On this particular day the one the could not resist was the Flappin Weasel(far right in photo).  We ran through almost the entire bag of these soft baits due to the fish hitting them so hard.  Overall, all the baits they sent down are all made with a pretty nice consistency for being hand made.  As with any soft bait, with aggressive fish they sometimes don't last as long as we would like.  Construction of the baits however was solid and what we would expect from a bait of this kind.  Action of the baits in the water portray a bait that many fish will no doubt be able to refuse striking should they be presented in their path.  

We were fishing a nice old farm pond.  Water was clear with visibility about 4 ft in depth.  Water temperature was in the mid 70s while outside temperature when we started was in the low 80s and finished in the mid 70s.  We did have a thunderstorm the following evening so it was prime fishing weather in our opinion.  

As we said this is an on going review as is the case with all our products we review.  We like to find out which conditions seem to be the best and which do not.  We would like to thank those at Angler's Choice for their patience and the opportunity to review their product.  As is the case with many of those who send in product we like to make sure our members get a chance to let us know their thoughts on baits as well.  So we would once again like to extend the chance to our members.  Send us your best Caughtem photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enter and when a nice little fishing package from our friends at Angler's Choice.  As always leave your comments in the section below and let us know your thoughts on their baits so we can pass along the information.

Caught a lot of bass on this bait

 

Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:44

The Joys of Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem took the holiday weekend to go out and get a little fishing under our belts.  We traveled to Table Rock Lake and wasted no time getting our poles in the water.  The results left a little to be desired in the way of catching fish but as you can see in the photo above the view could not have been better.  We consistently talk about what the great outdoors can provide in the way of rest, relaxation and a little fun to boot.  We ran our first tests on the baits we received from both Berkley Fishing and Angler's Choice and both the companies baits we tested out show great promise though the water conditions and time of year were not ripe for biting fish.

Water temperature in the part of the lake where we were started on Friday at 70 degrees and by Sat afternoon had dropped to 67 due to boat traffic.  We always know that the weather and lake conditions on popular holiday weekends can leave a lot to be desired for fishing.  Traffic, changing water temperatures and the fact that you are right on the edge of spawning season for most fish can make for a frustrating outing in the sense of catching fish.

However, except for some rain the view, cold beer and friends could not be a better way to celebrate our freedoms.  Let us know how your holiday adventures went in the comment section below and stay tuned for some great reviews on the baits from Berkley and Angler's Choice.  We can't wait to see how the baits hold up to the bite.  Off first glance the action and construction of the baits should create a situation where the fish won't have a chance.

We at Shotem and Caughtem all know the great power mother nature holds.  Whether fishing, hunting or just wandering around the great outdoors, the relative peace and time with friends and family without distraction can provide a sense of rest and relaxation.  Combine this with our celebration of those who have risked their lives for our freedoms and you create a passion for the great outdoors and the healing power she can provide.  We felt this was a perfect weekend to pay tribute to those organizations who already provide these opportunities to our veterans.  There is a vast amount of resources available in every state through the wildlife and parks divisions for those who have served, however, there are also a large amount of groups who provide hunting and fishing opportunities in different states to all those who have or are serving this nation.  Though we have only listed a handful here we hope you let us know about your organization in the comment section below.  To all our service men and woman, past and present, we hope you have a wonderful Shotem and Caughtem Holiday weekend.  

Thank You,

Shotem and Caughtem Staff 

www.woundedwarriorsinaction.com  The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. (WWIA) serves our Nation’s combat wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

www.woundedwarrioroutdoor.com  Wounded Warrior Outdoors provides this all-inclusive adventure at absolutely no cost to the servicemen and women, their families or the government. Transportation, lodging, meals and documentation of the adventure is provided free of charge. It is because of this arrangement that Wounded Warrior Outdoors relies entirely on private donations. Administration, general offices and personnel services are donated.

www.operationwearehere.com  To provide a comprehensive list of resources for the military community and its supporters

www.operationsecondchance.org  In 2006, Operation NPLB, formerly known as No Person Left Behind, was founded as an independent charity that allows like-minded professional hunters, fisherman, and outdoor-minded people to ensure that disabled veterans always receive the best outdoor hunting and fishing opportunities. NPLB has always provided wounded warriors with services complimentary to those offered by OSC, and in March of 2011 NPLB became a permanent part of Operation Second Chance.

www.sponsorahunt.com  Sponsor A Hunt began as a novel idea during a deployment is 2011. The goal was to create more resources for soldiers to connect with the hunting community and find hunting opportunities where ever the military moved them. As a military family, we have relocated many times and wished we could find more opportunities at our new duty stations. We feel hunting should be enjoyed by everyone.  We are dedicated to finding and providing opportunities worldwide for outdoor enthusiasts. We appreciate the support we have received from the hunting community and will continue to offer the most information, resources, and opportunities available.

www.woundedwarriorproject.org  With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

When we at Shotem and Caughtem first got the idea of creating a social network the task seemed extreme.  Sure there are plenty of forums on the web around the subject but nothing that incorporated all the advantages that an engaging network could accomplish.  We also noticed that many of the people who hunt and fish only really share with people who hunt and fish on instagram, facebook, youtube and twitter.  However, those companies are huge in their memberships, it will be too hard to get traffic to us.  Luckily for us this first year of growth has been small but awesome.  Those we have attracted to the site have been great in helping us find our true stride in the outdoorsman and woman market.  Also, with the recent bashing of people who hunt and fish on these larger platforms we are finding more and more who want to find a place to get away from those who don't share the outdoor passion.  

One of the biggest requests has been an app.  A place where we can control our entire outdoor experience from where we tend to be......out in field or on the water.  Well we at Shotem and Caughtem are excited to tell you that we listened and the app is being developed as we speak.  We are hoping to release the beta model to some of our members in the coming month.  If you too want to be a part of helping us create a social network app for you our members and would like to help us find the glitches we encourage you to become a part of our site.  You can also go to www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey , become a friend and send me a message letting me know you would like to be one of the first to check out the new app.  Don't worry even if you don't want to help and your just excited to get it on your phone?  The app will be free as well and available for both the android and iphone markets.  

We hope you are as excited as we are and help us spread the word once the the app hits the market.  Thanks as always for being a part of Shotem and Caughtem we can't thank you enough for all the support you have given us over the past year.  Android and IPhone apps now available http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=282&Itemid=491