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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

 

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.

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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  

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:48

Pole Tap Smart Rod now in Academy Sports

We at Shotem and Caughtem were one of the first to get our hands on this cool new fishing technology the Poletap Smart rod http://shotemandcaughtem.com/the-blog/item/17-pole-tap-smartrod.html.  We are pleased and excited to announce the rod is now available to the general public in most Academy Sports locations and on the web.  We would like to congratulate Tackobox on this great achievement and love that we were one of the first to get the opportunity.
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Monday, 28 April 2014 22:09

Barometric pressure and fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem have always been told the stories and ran to the lake to answer the prophecy that the best fishing happens before the storm.  So of course now that much of the United States have been involved in a large line of thunder storms we felt it might be good to look at the science behind fishing and storms.  

Barometric pressure- the weight of the air- decreases as a storm approaches. It's called low pressure. To understand how it works, imagine the palm of that giant hand the professor talked about easing up as it presses on the water's surface. Its touch is lighter. The water isn't as compressed as it was, and fish can move more easily through it. The mood of many fish often changes to what we might call a more 'active' mood. They move around more freely and feed.

A storm also brings clouds and wave-creating wind, reducing sunlight penetration. Active fish can move to shallower water. In the case of walleyes, they often rise in the water column. The sonar screen shows them moving up off the bottom. Or, they just move shallower on shoreline-connected and midlake structures.

The absolute best fishing periods often occur when barometric pressure reaches its lowest point, just before the front arrives.

"The old saying, that fish bite best right before the storm."

The best time to head to the lake is when the forecast calls for storms moving into the area.

The picture changes when the storm is over. Barometric pressure starts to rise again. The giant hand presses down harder, and the water becomes more compact. High pressure also brings clear, bluebird skies, and light penetration is often intense for the next several days. Fish feel the increased pressure and become less active. They move tight to cover or deeper, where the sun isn't so bright. Their mood is lethargic.

With underwater cameras, you can watch fish come up to a bait and not bite. People don't understand that, but when air pressure is high, fish become less aggressive. They just come up and look. They may eventually take it, but you have to work a little harder.

The effect of the pressure change is most pronounced on the first day after the storm passes.

Time of year must also be considered. The impact of a change in barometric pressure is more severe in winter. For one reason, the swing between high and low pressure is more drastic during the cold months. For another, the same high pressure is affecting less water volume when part of it is locked up as ice.

Fish like northern pike may be the least susceptible to changes in barometric pressure; they seem to be aggressive no matter what. But, the perch family, including walleye, may be the most impacted by the changes, followed by crappies and bluegills. Heitkamp doesn't target muskies often, but anyone who does will tell you the best time to be on the water is when black clouds appear on the horizon.

A barometer isn't needed to know what's happening with air pressure. Read the wind instead.

Anyone can play amateur weather forecaster. Before the (storm) front, wind is out of the south. When it switches to west-northwest, pressure begins to rise.

"Wind from the east, fish bite the least." 

Wind comes from the east the longer high pressure is in place. By then, high pressure has taken a real toll on the fish.

Let us know your weather tricks and tips in the comment section below.

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Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:07

Berkley Fishing Flicker Shad

We at Shotem and Caughtem know why we carry so many different baits in our tackle boxes.  One day a certain bait will out shine another.  As such we try and diversify as much as possible with high quality well designed baits that will work with a variety of species.  Berkley has come out with a new Flicker Shad hard plastic bait that will certainly become a main stay in our tackle boxes.  However, just as we began to run out and test it for Berkley they released the news of a new bait we will be excited to try out as well.  

Anglers have trusted the Berkley Flicker Shad since it was introduced. When it comes to catching fish, beginners and professionals still rely on them whenever - and wherever fun or money is on the line. Well, move over Flicker Shad and make some room for the brand new Berkley Flicker Minnow.

Berkley Pro anglers Keith Kavajecz and Gary Parsons have been a part of the bait-development process from the start, creating the Flicker Minnow that adheres to their demanding standards. Though these ultra-competitive professional anglers would rather keep this bait to themselves, the time has come to share the secret with anglers everywhere.

Berkley's Flicker Minnows are tournament proven. Utilizing the same strict development standards from the Flicker Shad, the Berkley team created a line of minnow baits that dive deeper with maximum flash and action. The bait's body design and impressive dive curve gets anglers to the fish quicker.

My hat is off to the Berkley team for interpreting Keith and my thoughts to create this new design, said Gary Parsons. I've never seen a bait outperform other baits like this one, and overall the Flicker Minnow is the most productive crankbait Iíve ever fished!

Constructed with increased internal weight for bullet-like precision casting, the Flicker Minnow has a unique swimming action and flicker that mimics a fleeing baitfish. The body is more elongated than its cousin the Flicker Shad, and is available in 12 pro-selected colors. The larger bill with a steep pitch creates a deeper retrieve than other baits.

The Size 7 (2.75 inches) Flicker Minnow can be trolled in the 14- to 17 -foot depth range, depending on line choice and speed, with a dive curve that is unmatched by similar minnow baits. The bait is also castable, especially when paired with Berkley NanoFil. The Size 9 (3.5 inches) model can easily reach the 18 to 23-foot zone (Precision Trolling at 100í back with XT and Fireline) when cranked while both sizes of the Flicker Minnow feature a big, aggressive roll when retrieved or trolled.

The Size 7 model has a casting weight of 1/4 ounce while the Size 9 Flicker Minnow has a casting weight of 1/3 ounce, with both models featuring an internal rattle as well as Mustad Ultra-Point treble hooks. The Flicker Minnow is tank and tourney tested, giving anglers the confidence of knowing that the baits are tuned with precision.

Name: Berkley Flicker Minnow
Length: Size 7 -- 2.75 inches; Size 9 -- 3.5 inches
Weight: Size 7 (1/4 ounce); Size 9 (1/3 ounce)
Colors: Black Silver, Chartreuse Pearl, Firetiger, Pearl White, Pink Lemonade, Prime Time, Purple Flash, Racy Shad, Slick Alewife, Slick Firetiger, Slick Green Pearl and Slick Mouse.

MSRP: $5.95

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 19:28

Celebrating Earth Day

We at Shotem and Caughtem can think of no better celebration to up hold in our passion than Earth Day.  Without our continued support of the hunting and fishing industry our environment and the animals we have the passion to dedicate our time to would not exist.  Hunters and fisherman and women spend much of there off seasons making sure they provide a habitat capable of creating the trophies we hope to one day have the chance to hold in our hands.  

As such we thought we might share some great ways to celebrate earth day and once again talk about how we are our best advocates for just how well we labor to feed our passion.  Small ponds can become unbalanced with the wrong amounts of different fish species.  Too many predators and not enough bait fish and you will find that growth begins to be stunted.  Small antlered deer can continue to reproduce and create an imbalance as well as not be the breed type that will promote the species.

But one of the largest ways we help out passion is through our creation and honing of our habitats.  People who have the land, lakes and passion spend countless hours perfecting the ground we hold dear.  Planting of specific crops, planting of trees for cover, creating brush for fish to spawn and survive around, all these things not only celebrate Earth Day but help promote it's core beliefs.

So we honor our members and supporters for helping us to promote Mother Nature and all she provides!  Here's to you and the future of what is in our blood and our passion.

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Monday, 14 April 2014 22:03

It is Hunting and Fishing Season

We at Shotem and Caughtem love this time of year.  Though the climate has been working against us recently with massive temperature swings our favorite time of year is here.  The turkey's are beginning to become a prime target as well as the pre spawn for fishing.  As such we felt it was once again a good time to share what we need from you are members and what we are doing to help make Shotem and Caughtem better.

First let us talk about what we have in store for you, this our second year, as a website.  The most exciting thing for us is that we took your comments to heart and have emptied out our penny jars and began work on an app for both the android and iphone.  We hope to release as soon as we can but it is out of our hands right now.  This will allow our members to more easily access all Shotem and Caughtem has to offer direct from all devices with ease.  Second, we are excited that we have hooked up with some great manufacturers to help bring you our opinions on some great new products from suppliers such as Weston Products, Anglers Choice, Berkley fishing, Stack-On Products and Bering Optics.  We are actively seaking out more and more suppliers to review and any suggestions of what we can do to expand your experience with the website are always reviewed in any comments you our members send or spend the time to write in our comment section or emails.  

Most of what we need from you our members is your activity.  The more active you are on he website the easier it is for us and you to attract more people and more interaction.  As you set up your own groups, tag other members in your picture posts and share your experiences to the discussion boards and ask questions the website will grow and bring more and more people to the fold.  As the website accrues more vital information to our passion the more relevant you and we will become in this industry.   We are still trying to launch the Shotem and Caughtem of the month but have been lacking in those who want to be apart of excitement.  You will also notice the points section above your profile.  We will use these stats to help us identify those who want this site to grow and we will reward your efforts with awesome prizes.  The more you help us grow at Shotem and Caughtem the faster we can focus all our efforts on the site itself and begin to pull away from other social networks, which we are using to draw members.  

Have a blog you want to bounce off of Shotem and Caughtem?  That is why we are here.  To help share all we experience in the great outdoors.  We all can not sit behind a computer when the outdoors is constantly drawing us away.  We try to do as much as we can but we are nothing unless we are able to share this burden with you are members.  

Let us know how we can help you in the comment section below.  Continue to do all you have already done for this site in the first year and help us make our second year even bigger.  Thank you from all of us at Shotem and Caughtem for all your help and efforts.

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 21:49

Hunting vs. Shooting

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been busy little bees.  With spring quickly approaching our need to be outdoors has been great.  Due to these reasons we have not spent much time (our apologies) keeping you a breast of what is happening around the world in the hunting and fishing industry.  So we decided to see what had been written recently around the inter web.  We felt what a great way to start a debate than finding this article about the hunter turned away from the industry because of shooters.  To read the whole article before a short intro to it below and our thoughts check out http://www.spokesman.com/outdoors/stories/2014/apr/03/guest-column-shooters-spoiling-the-sport-of/ 

Here is a brief intro to the article:

Hunting got some scrutiny in this newspaper at last. Washington State has lost more than 16,000 hunters in the last five years, Thomas Clouse noted. On the same page, Rich Landers lamented that we fail to “curb poaching problem.”

Ethical hunters driven from the field by shooters make the two stories converge.

My distinction here, between hunters and shooters, rests on the reverence extended toward game animals and birds. True hunters, indigenous or otherwise, honor prey in various ways. They obey state laws, care for the meat, enhance habitats, and maybe even mumble a prayer.

Shooters, though, they care more about rocking the world off its axis with the firepower they wield.

Environmentalist and author Aldo Leopold characterized the shooter’s impulse as “trigger itch,” a simple craving to blast away. Leopold regretted his trigger itch when he shot a wolf with pups and watched the “fierce green fire” die in her eyes. His honesty endeared him to millions of readers since his “Sand County Almanac” came out in 1949.

To make a full disclosure, I am a born-again non-hunter. I swung guns and drew a lethal bead for thirty years. Finally, though, my heart began to grate and brim over with tender empathy for the dead.

During my spell as a hunter, game habitats shriveled and crashed, an upshot of the human population’s pressures in Washington State where I came of age. I felt my pastime added to the wreckage of sensitive and dwindling species, as shooting had for dodos, bison, passenger pigeons, prairie chickens, sharptail grouse, sage grouse, and so on. But the greatest turnoff came from run-amok shooters.

Shooters deploying technology irresponsibly change the stakes of fair chase. At the same time when wildlife officials are desperate for ways to curtail poachers and their impact on wildlife, manufacturers are enhancing the chances that shooters might score in the great outdoors no matter how unfairly.

Here are just a couple of things we would like to point out that might help bring the author back into the fold.  Hunting and Fishing promotes conservation at its core.  Through the purchasing of tags, licenses and related gear we support an industry that protects what drives us outdoors.  Money is used by these industries to protect wildlife, fuel habitat efforts, reintroduce animals to areas that have lost them, and on and on.  Half the reason the wolf, cougar, bison, elk, antelope and the list continues have began to come back in parts of the United States is through the Wildlife and Parks departments and different non-profit organizations based on different species.  These organizations would not have the means nor the funds without the money we as hunters and fisherman/woman spend.

Many of the reasons the hunt has been burned by shooters we believe is due partly from the lack of access.  More and more land has been taken over by our cities, farming and ranching efforts.  Add into the fact that hunting properties that use to be accessible through relationships have now become cash cows for those doing guided hunts or leasing their ground for an insane amount of money to those hunters from out of state.  

Most of all we want to hear our members comments in the section below so that we can help spread the word.  It is part of the reason we started Shotem and Caughtem.  We want to provide a large community the opportunity and the ability to speak as a whole.  Our mission is to hopefully build a base that gives us the means to continue and support all these great organizations.  So continue to help us build a thriving community of those who hunt and fish!

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:21

Best Fishing Months are March and April

With much of the United States feeling the cool days of winter starting to loosen it's grip we felt it was a good time to talk about the best time of year to wet a line.  Typically though we have not had much of a March when it comes to warmer weather, things seem to be on a warming trend.  This means that most fish species are starting to rise from their slumbers.  This year might offer a shorter time to reap the rewards of very hungry fish before they head to spawn around mid April, but there is no better time for fishing.

The spring months offer more than just hungry fish.  The mild temperatures offer a longer fishing time period throughout the day though the dawn and dusk hours are always the hottest times.  This allows most fisherman and woman the ability to not have that mid day heat which usually drops the amount of bites.  Shore lines will offer good fishing as the smaller bait fish find the warmest water through the suns heat.

The best part about this time of year is that fish need plenty of energy for the spring spawn.  As such they need food.  A lot of food.  Good baits to use are the live ones this time of year especially.  However, the good thing about this time is a gross lack of pickiness.  This time of year most baits in one's tackle box will be good baits.  We are especially excited to test out the baits sent to us by both Berkley and Anglers Choice.  We feel this time of year will be an awesome time to test out what they provided us.

Let s know your early spring tips and tricks in the comment box below and as always come brag wit us in the Caughtem Gallery.

 

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