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We at Shotem and Caughtem learned that tommorrow is the start of one of the largest Blue Marlin Fishing Tournaments in the Gulf Coast and thought it was news worthy.  Nothing says fishing like landing one of these fine animals on a rod and reel.  Fighting these fish can take hours of endurance and patience.  So we felt it only right to let others know should they have the opportunity to join the party and see what gets hauled into shore.

One of the largest fishing tournaments on the Gulf Coast kicks off in Orange Beach tonight. 

Dubbed "The Greatest Show in Sport fishing", The Gulf Coast's premier Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the gulf, will open with a welcoming crew party for participants. 

The Brian Hill Band will provide live entertainment and the, Release Marine 'Triple Crown Challenge fighting chair contest will begin. 

This is the second year for the tournament which has sold out all 50 positions in the event. 

Officials say this is the first time since 2005, a major Invitational tournament in the northern gulf has reached sold out status. 

They say the tournament has participants from across the gulf coast, spanning from Louisiana to Tarpon Springs Fla. and as far away as South Carolina, Delaware and the British Virgin Islands.

Officials say team events begin Wednesday, July 10 with team check-ins, seminars, the official tournament rules meetings and an evening street party at the Wharf.

Let us know in the comment section below if you have the opportunity to be apart of this event and as always post your fishing photos to the galleries and tell us your story.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have had the opportunity to try noodling.  We can only say it is a humbling experience to say the least.  Nothing is more un-nerving than swimming down in merky water that limits your vision down to inches and then sticking your hand in a hole where you know you are probably going to get bitten.  So when we heard that the Champion of the annual Okie Noodling Festival was a 19 year old girl we thought it was note worthy.

Lucy Millsap, 19, of Quinlan, Texas, took first place Saturday at the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley with her 72-pound flathead catfish. She was among 200 hand fishermen who competed for the prize.  Contestants had 24 hours to catch a catfish with their hands and bring it back alive to Wacker Park in Pauls Valley by the 6 p.m. Saturday weigh-in.  While the crowd waited for noodling teams to arrive, kids feasted on catfish in an eating contest.  What began as a film promotion experiment with a crowd of 500 has turned into an annual summer festival that draws about 10,000 people from across the country.  

Lucy also happens to be a part of an all woman Noodling group called Bare Knuckle Babes.  What seems to be becoming a trend, like the queens of camo, these women are hand-picked, fearless, beautiful women who want to bring world-wide notice to the sport of Catfish Noodling, fishing, and hunting as well as the WOMEN involved!  These ladies want to inspire other women and girls to join exhilarating outdoor sports.  If you want to learn more about the group visit www.bareknucklebabes.com 

We hope if you have ever experienced noodling that you might share your stories in the comment section below or share to one of the galleries.

Published in News/Events
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:40

2013 BassMaster Classic in Tulsa, Ok.

Well here comes the start of the fishing season and the Bass Master Classic to be held on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.  The fun and free event that will be held this weekend at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Ok. will host the weigh-ins from the tournament and also will also have vendors showcasing the latest fishing products and services.  Here are the details for the event. 

B.A.S.S., and the Tulsa Sports Commission have announced its selection of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and the Tulsa metro region as the site and host of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 22-24, 2013. It is the 43rd edition of sport fishing's greatest championship and the first to be hosted by the state of Oklahoma.

Grand Lake marks the farthest west site for the Classic since the 1979 championship on Lake Texoma. It is the sixth time that B.A.S.S. has held a professional event on Grand Lake, which was the venue for three Invitational tournaments in the 1990s and Elite Series events in 2006 and 2007.

The BOK Center will hold daily weigh-ins and the Tulsa Convention Center will hold the Classic Outdoors Expo. Competition boats will launch from Grand Lake O' the Cherokees' Wolf Creek boat launch in Grove, Okla.

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 04:22

Day 2 2013 Shot Show

Day 2 at the Las Vegas Shot Show was just as amazing as the first.  All we can say is that we did not realize there was some much that went into this industry.  The host of different products has created quite a vast array of things to choose from.  Whether you have a taste for the plain or the exotic it is all present.  We took this photo just to give you a taste of what the show looks like and this is merely a small corner of what is here.  We have grabbed a pile of brochures and literature and once we get a chance to sort through it all we will inform you as to what we took away as highlights from the show.  If you have any pressing questions please don't hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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