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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 19:44

Poisoned Fish Inhabit California Lakes

We at Shotem and Caughtem built this website based on our love of the great outdoors.  Even more important to us is the ability to pass this tradition down to future generations.  Many groups have been attacking the sport, but reports like this are usually made as a result of our industry as a whole.  Unfortunately the mistakes of past generations has a direct bearing on what we leave behind for the next.  As such, the northern half of California has issued a ban on fish consumption from local rivers and lakes due to high mercury levels contained in the fish.  

The new advisory recommends that women between the ages of 18 and 45 and children under 18 should avoid eating bass, carp and brown trout larger than 16 inches because of a risk of methyl mercury exposure, which has been shown to damage the brain and nervous system.

Some species of fish, including bullhead, catfish and bluegill, are acceptable for consumption at one serving a week. Species that are safe to eat include wild-caught rainbow trout and small brown trout. The advisory and guidelines stem from OEHHA's evaluation of 272 lakes and reservoirs, and 2,600 fish samples.

The advisory combined mercury data from fish in California lakes that currently do not have advisories and compared those mercury levels to acceptable human exposure levels.

In the Sacramento region, at Folsom Lake and Lake Notoma, the advisory recommends following the new guidelines if the fish caught are not covered by already set location-specific guidelines.  In the Sierra, the guidelines apply to lakes including Lake Wildwood, Scotts Flat and Bullards Bar, as well as the Union Valley Reservoir.

The guidelines dovetail with what is known about streams in the Delta, where fish sampling has established the presence of high mercury levels due to historic mining operations in the late 19th century, where mercury was widely used. A recently released study found that sportfish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed had higher concentrations of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) than anywhere else in the state.

The advisories can be found at www.oehha.ca.gov/fish.html.

 
Published in News/Events
Monday, 05 August 2013 19:51

Shark Week

We at Shotem and Caughtem get pretty excited for Shark Week.  Nothing embraces the predator instinct better than watching Mother Nature's other apex predators and seeing how they work and react over a weeks worth of great episodes on Discovery.  We decided this would be a perfect time to revival in what this great program has done to help with efforts to research and better understand how they work.  

Even though a little theatrics never hurt Shark week will open up its season with a new Air Jaws.  It has been their new signature episode to show the 2 ton Great White Shark leap out of the water in procure its meal.  What is extremely unique is the landscape of where these sharks hunt.  They have adapted over decades to realize that the seals they hunt can not see them from the depths close to the island.  They then shoot straight up and are able to make their kill in a split second decision.  The even more amazing thing is that the seals quickness only allows a very small amount of seals to actually be taken this way.

Sharks are fishes, contained within the taxonomic class called Chondrichthyes (meaning "cartilage-fish"). Sharks and other cartilaginous fishes (rays, skates, and ratfishes) differ from the bony fishes in that they have a cartilaginous skeleton, and lack a swim bladder. This class of fishes contains over 600 species worldwide, including over 300 species of sharks.

Sometimes sharks are referred to as primitive creatures. They are an ancient group of animals, so it might seem correct to assume that they are primitive. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong. Recent studies have shown that sharks are, in fact, quite sophisticated. Most sharks have an incredible sense of smell. These sharks can detect one drop of blood dissolved in as much as one million gallons of water. Many sharks can detect the extremely minute electrical currents generated by the muscles of swimming fish. Some sharks can sense at a great distance the tiny pressure variations generated by an injured fish struggling to swim. Contrary to popular opinion, most sharks have excellent low light vision, thanks to a mirror located behind the retina. This mirror reflects light through the retina a second time. A shark may have many rows of teeth. When an old tooth breaks or becomes too dull, a new one rotates into place.

Sharks are very important in the ocean ecosystem. Like most top predators, sharks feed on the sick and weak, thereby keeping the schools of fish on which they feed healthy. Lions and tigers serve the same role in their respective ecosystems, removing the weaker animals from the herds, and keeping the gene pool strong. 

Shark populations are dwindling due to heavy commercial fishing and the general attitude that they are nothing more than a nuisance. This shortsighted view of the ocean ecosystem is dangerous--a shortage of sharks could be disastrous to the health of ocean food chains, including but certainly not limited to the ones we rely upon for food resources. We humans are already placing enough strain on these food chains as it is, without adding the shark to the equation.

As we have discussed many times the hunters and fisherman/woman of this world have an obligation to help protect the animals that contribute to the sport we love.  Protecting our resources is the key to raising future outdoorsman/woman.  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and as always post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.  

Published in News/Events
Friday, 02 August 2013 20:07

Notice Anything New to the Website

We at Shotem and Caughtem have added some great new things to the website we thought were worth mentioning.  As we told you a couple of weeks ago we have made it so you can have you very own hunting and fishing profile gallery on the site.  It gives you a place to show all those around you your trial and tribulations while in the great outdoors.  Example: www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey 

Published in News/Events
Thursday, 01 August 2013 21:57

Delicious Stingray, Nope Not a Joke

There is nothing more frustrating to us at Shotem and Caughtem than getting excited about your catch, reeling it in and lifting up something other than your desired catch.  Nothing can be moe true than when it comes to our group of fish that prefers the bottom of the water world.  Some of these fish do a marvelous job of totally faking us out on what it is on the end of the line.  Sure some catches can still have there excitement, however, since the outdoor world lost Steve Irwin, the stingray defintely lost its allure, not that many got very excited before that anyway.  Many do not know that the fish can make an absolutely delightful meal if you know the right way to prepare them.  So lets turn that frown upside down. 

Published in News/Events
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:10

After the Heavy Rain Fishing Tips

We in the Midwest have been experiencing some unusual heavy rainy season this summer.  It has made the fishing in the lakes and rivers difficult to say the least.  We and Shotem and Caughtem felt it was a perfect time to discuss some tips when fishing in conditions like the ones we are experiencing.  

Initially fish may hold at the original water level before moving shallow. But soon afterwards bass adjust to rising water, presenting opportunities for catching aggressive feeding bass by following the water as it rises. Bass follow the water as it rises into newly flooded areas of shallow water. First start ultra-shallow (if the water temperature permits) and work to deeper water. Fish visible cover such as trees, buck brush and lay down trees as well as lawns, pastures and other clean areas with spinner baits, buzz baits, top water baits and shallow running crank baits. When contact is made with a fish take note of the depth, type of cover, lure retrieve, and how the fish took the bait. Then slow down and repeat the scenario. Use slower baits such as jerk baits, lizards, worms, jigs, etc. to pick off any of the less aggressive fish and to find larger bass that may not have bit on the first pass.

Another consideration when fishing after heavy rains is the influx of muddy water. Bass in lakes that are clear will be affected more than the bass that live in stained water. When a lake muddies the fish "should" move shallow and tight to cover. Bass will follow the water in search for food. This makes it easy for an angler to locate fish. Look for any visible cover such as logs, stumps, and laydowns. Also, consider fishing vegetation. Grassy areas help filter the water and will clear up faster than non-grassy areas. When fishing, remember to slow down and try to keep the bait in the strike zone as long as possible. First try horizontal baits such as spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and crank baits and top water baits. Spinner baits with chartreuse blades and skirts as well as black spinner baits with copper blades. Chartreuse and bright reds and black for jerk baits and crankbaits are preferred. Use crankbaits with rattles and a wide wobble to displace lots of water to help bass locate the bait. If these baits don't produce, try bulky vertical baits such as jig-n-pigs, brush-hogs, worms and craw-worms that stay in the strike zone longer. Shake the plastics while fishing cover to trigger a strike and help bass find your lure. Also remember that scent and sound become more of a factor when water muddies. Try using rattles on soft plastics or use baits that make a lot of noise. And, use scent on plastics to increase your chances of a strike. FISH SLOWLY!

When waters begin to recede fishing can become really tough. Fish will become inactive and suspend. Often bass will move into deeper water suspending around cover or near break lines away from the bank and shallows. Try moving out to the next line of visible cover away from the bank in your search for fish. Use a slow methodical approach to your fishing. Remember to try to appeal to the bass' senses of sight, sound and taste as well as reaction to baits. If a reactionary flash of a spinnerbait doesn't produce, try vertical plastics and jigs fished slowly, making repeated casts to cover and to entice a strike. You have to be confident the fish is there, be patient and persistent. Keep the bait in the strike zone and keep your confidence up.  Most of all leave your comments below and post your photos to the Caughtem Gallery and tell us your story.

Published in News/Events
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 22:30

Shotem And Caughtem Profile

We at Shotem and Caughtem have talked a little bit about the new profile URL setup on the website.  We hope that people who are already members have started to take advantage of what this option will help them accomplish.  However, if you are new to Shotem and Caughtem we thought we might highlight some things that might be of benefit to our new members as a way of opening new advertising and conversation portals on the site.  

Recently one of our new members Montana Outdoor Gear began to take advantage of a small part of what Shotem and Caughtem was built around and we hope others follow suite.  They can begin to give there own reviews and pricing for their products in the gear section and expand on things you might not find on their site.  They can link people to their extra bonus material by just letting others know about their profile www.shotemandcaughtem.com/montana_outdoor_gear.  

Hunting and Fishing outfitters will also be able to expand their advetising as they will be able to take photos of people on their adventures and have a running gallery of their accomplishments.  They too will be able to direct traffic to their own operations while expanding on things they might not have the ability to do currently on their own website.

Finally individuals will be able to brag about their own adventures in the field by letting friends and family know about their profiles.  You are able to creat your own photo galleries within your profile so that you always have a copy of your hunting and fishing photos.  No more searching through disks, hard drives etc. when people ask how your last adventure turned out.

All these things are especially important as many people can find just hunting and fishing gear, photos and outdoor lovers.  No more sifting through tons of profiles trying to find people interested in these great sports.  The only people you will find on Shotem and Caughtem are those who love to hunt and fish.  Most outdoorsman/woman do both anyway.  You will find very few who do not have at least an interest in both even if they don't participate.

Let us know if you have any questions or want to know more in the comment section below or build a profile and start bragging by providing us with your own hunting and fishing website right here on Shotem and Caughtem.

 

Published in Specials

We at Shotem and Caughtem read the news that people in the state of Georgia will recieve a free three days of fishing should they own a registered boat in the state as a added bonus and birthday present to those anglers who lawfully abide the laws.  We thought it was a great way our government could repay those fishinerman/woman and hunters who obey the rules and thought it bore repeating.  We think more states should adopt this law.  Even though many boaters probably already have a proper license we felt at least it was at least a nice gesture. 

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.

Department officials say the three-day bonus they're offering to about 300,000 Georgia boaters also extends to some of the state's shooting ranges and more.

Officials say boat owners must carry a state identification, their plastic vessel registration card and show proof of valid vessel registration.

Trout fishing and big game hunting require additional paid licenses. Saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting also require additional permits, which are free.
 

Let us know if you plan on taking advantage of this or your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below.  As always post photos of your adventures and tell us your story in the galleries.  

 
Published in News/Events

We at Shotem and Caughtem have had the opportunity to fish for fresh Halibut in Alaska.  When we heard the news that the Commercial Fishing Industry is trying to steal the number of fish allocated by the State for the sporting industry we wanted to be a part of helping spread the word to help fight against letting this happen.  Here are the details.  We hope you take time to help us by writing in protest and spread the word about this attempt on Halibut Sport Fishing.  It could cause the sport fishing industry to take yet another blow in Alaska.

This is the new Halibut Catch Sharing Plan proposed by the Northern Pacific Fishery Management Council.  The plan is designed to reallocate what might have been your second sport-caught halibut to the commercial sector. Under this plan, the "guided angler" must buy the right to catch a second halibut from the commercial fishery.

This is not a conservation plan, as the fishery council claims. Instead it's a grab by commercial interests for more of the available fish. Geez, they take 90 percent of the allocation already.

 

Published in News/Events
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 23:03

Hunting and Fishing Website

We at Shotem and Caughtem have just made a great change to the website.  We have made it so that you can create your own link to your gallery, posts, photos and content within the website.  Example: www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey

If you are already a member it defaulted to your user name.  Should you want to change this just login to your account.  Access your profile and click on the profile tab.  In the green bar at the top right of your profile you will see Profile URL your user name and a tab to the right of your name.  Click on the tab and you can change your account name.  This will then allow you to direct friends and family directly to all your posts, photos and content.  What a great way to brag to your hunting and fishing buddies when you can say "just go to www.shotemandcaughtem.com/longshot

Tell us your thoughts on the new change in the comment section below or just hit us with your own Shotem and Caughtem URL.

Published in News/Events

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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