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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:38

Fall Turkey Season is Here

With large game hunting seasons here or beginning to go into full swing we wanted to also talk a little about Fall Turkey Season.  We at Shotem and Caughtem feel it is a perfect time to add that delicious wild bird to your thanksgiving table.  For those big game rifle hunters it offers a perfect time before the season begins.  It also allows, pheasant and quail hunters and goose/duck hunters, a perfect subject to sharpen their stalking skills.

Hunting techniques are different during the fall season. In the spring, turkeys are well into their nesting season and only toms (birds with a visible beard) are legal to harvest. Spring hunters commonly use calls simulating a hen turkey to attract toms into shotgun range. During the fall season, turkeys are gathering into winter flocks and their focus is finding food. Fall hunting is often a matter of finding birds, scouting their feeding areas and setting up an ambush point. Pop-up blinds are very effective for turkey hunting because keen eyesight is the wild turkey’s main line of defense. Movement at the wrong time is the hunter’s biggest enemy.

Calls can be successfully used in the fall, using turkeys’ natural instinct to seek safety in numbers. A hunting technique common in southern states is to break up a flock of turkeys, sometimes using a dog to scatter the birds, then hiding quietly as the birds begin to re-group. Birds will make a “kee-run” call to locate flock members, and the hunter can use this call to an advantage. Again, good camouflage and well-timed movements are keys to success.

As always leave your comments on the subject below and post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.


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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:31

Hot RedFish Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem have learned that a great coastal fishing target right now is the Redfish.  They make a delicious meal and from the reports it is a great time to go out and catch the tasty devils.

When catching bait for the day, the predawn hour is best for getting a mixture of greenbacks and pinfish. The small fry bait that was everywhere a month ago has increased in size. A quarter-inch mesh cast net will fill the live well without having the "Christmas tree" look. By chumming in water around 8 feet deep, larger sardines will also be mixed in. Another option is purchasing the few select-sized shrimp that bait shops have available.

The redfish bite has been very productive just before the full and new moons that have the higher tides. Larger fish in the 30-inch-plus range are showing up in the shallow grass flats to feed before the late-September spawn. These breeder-size fish will hold along the islands of the Intracoastal Waterway with deep water access. Large potholes and ditches will hold a surplus diet of pinfish and small stone crabs that these game fish gorge on. Anglers using a big shrimp or tail-hooked bait under a cork will attract the attention of cruising fish. Copper and gold spoons are great for covering a wide area searching for fish.

Let us know your tricks in the comment section below and as always post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 20:02

Getting Ready for Fall Crappie Fishing

Okay so we have to admit that the Shotem part of the brain has been in high gear lately but we definitely need to pay close attention to the Caughtem part of the brain as cooler temperatures begin to roll our way.  One of our favorite fish to catch and fry up is the small but delightful Crappie.  And fall is a great time to get ready to change some tactics and catch some.

Fall crappie fishing techniques include a variety of things such as knowing what types of baits work the best. Everyone will agree that crappies are most attracted to minnows. In the fall when they are preparing for the long winter months ahead they will be searching for this food source. 

When using artificial lures it is suggested that you stay under three inches in length. In most areas a one or two inch artificial minnow would work the best. You can also catch crappie with worms and crayfish. If you do use live bait make sure you keep it in a cooler and try to keep them as lively as possible for the best results.

You can catch crappie anytime during the day or night but the most productive times are usually at night. This is because the fish feed more aggressively during the late evening to early morning hours. Using an artificial light to draw the crappie to your position is a great technique used for night fishing. The light attracts insects and bait fish that will in turn attract the crappie and draw them in your direction.

If you are fishing in an area where the visibility is low you can receive the best results with lures that make sound. These will cause vibrations in the water that will attract the crappie or you can use something with a strong odor. 

When fishing in clear water crappie plugs, small jigs, bladebaits and spoons work very well. As a general rule jigs and minnows are normally the best to use. Sometimes combining these two together will attract the crappie much faster than using them alone, especially in the fall.

Let us know your secrets in the comment section below and post your photos and tell us your story in the Caughtem Gallery. 


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Thursday, 05 September 2013 19:20

Fall Makes for Great Fishing Weather

Though we at Shotem and Caughtem definitely have Dove Hunting on the brain we would be remiss to not remember that fall is also a great time for fishing.  With the cooler temperatures headed for the nation the fish will turn to bulking up prior to the winter freeze.  Many species of fish will begin to eat everything in sight in order to gain the weight needed for the lack of food sources during the winter.  

Whether you are fishing for walleye, pike, trout or bass many species of fish will need plenty of nutrients.  This makes for great fishing.  Also the hot days cause fisherman/woman to constantly change depths to find cooler water and fish.  Fish should be lining the banks looking to pick off any left over morsels or quality baits that happen to come around as the water and air temperatures drop.  We have been having some great luck catching fish with some of the lures provided by Angler Choice baits.  We have been giving them a thorough review to help let our members know more about their products.  Should you want to learn more about them before the review is complete check them out at www.anglerschoice.ca.  

Either way we could not be more excited that Shotem and Caughtem season is here in full effect.  We have been excited about all the great new members and activity that we have been receiving about our new website and hope you continue to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or by sharing your stories in the galleries and discussion boards.   

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Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:25

Kansas Fall Turkey Season

The 2012-2013 fall turkey season is coming to a close, but not before Kansas hunters get one last chance to bag their late-season bird. From Jan. 14-31, hunters will have the opportunity to hunt turkey once more in any of the five open units. The next opportunity to hunt Kansas turkey won’t come again until the beginning of April, so it’s time to hit the blind one last time!

Fall permit holders can hunt Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 for fall turkey and may only hunt within the management unit printed on their permits. In addition, hunters must have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by law. Any hunter with a fall turkey permit can purchase as many as three turkey game tags during the fall season, valid in Units 2, 3, 5 and 6. During the fall season, both toms and hens may be taken.

The 2013 spring turkey season will begin with the archery, youth/disabled season, April 1-9, and the firearm season will run April 10 - May 31.  This happens to be the time of year when we at shotemandcaughtem love to break out our decoys and start calling in the big boys.  Even though we saw plenty of turkey this fall......when they were not in season we have not got to shoot one this fall so show us what you were able to do this fall on our shotem gallery!


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