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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:34

Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Though we at Shotem and Caughtem did not get any bragging photos from our weekend excursion to Table Rock Lake this weekend we did make some observations that might make you adventure more eventful than ours.  We went out several different days at different times.  During most of our adventure we witnessed a large amount of bait fish in the water.  The shore lines and many of the docks were riddled with hundreds of small bite sized fish.  Off our lines many of the strikes either felt on the line or observed from the top line of the water came from small over aggressive fish trying to eat way more then their mouths would allow.  I watched as many of my top water baits were heckled by fish too small to fit the bait they were trying to engulf.  

Many of the fish we hoped to see at the end of the lines would come right up to shore or close to the dock or boat only to shy away at the last minute.  The water was impressively clear all weekend long, up to 15-20ft in some places.  We feel like the impressively clear water and the high amount of bait fish created an environment where the fish could stand to be picky eaters.  When ever this has been the case in the past we probably should have switched to live bait, a hook and a bobber.  Unfortunately since our weekend also consisted of a little rest, relaxation and some drinking with friends we kept forgetting to get the minnow trap in the water.  For the next couple of weeks at least with the lakes in the Midwest we would recommend only using live bait until the weaker bait fish have been eaten and the large fish get a little less picky.  Now admittedly we were not after bluegill which were more than willing to eat anything we through in the water.  

Hope our research helps you post some photos to the Caughtem gallery and let us know how your experiences went this weekend in the comment section below.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 19:44

Midwest Turkey Hunting Last Weekend

We at Shotem and Caughtem took advantage of the nicer weather last weekend, except for the wind, to venture out and go on our first Turkey hunt of the season.  Though we did not come home with a turkey we did make some observations that might delay many hunters from going out in to the field here in the Midwest.  This is what we observed and our thoughts on how the weather has effected the season so far.  Let us know how your hunt has gone so far, your observations and what has worked for you in the comment section below.  As always post your adventures to the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.

This weekend we got the opportunity to watch plenty of turkey from a distance, just did not get the chance to bring one home.  We arrived to our hunting spot around 2 in the afternoon in hopes that the warmer afternoon temperatures would split some of the larger toms away from the groups.  We were excited since on our way into our location we had seen a couple of birds at a distance so we knew they were within calling distance.  After about an hour we saw one turkey at about 250 yards pop out from a hedge row and begin foraging in the field we were hunting.  After a couple of calls with no response we figured it was a lone hen.  This made us hopeful that the larger groups might have started to break up which would allow us to call in that big tom.  Unfortunately, a couple of hours later a large group of about 12 hens, a large tom and a jake rounded the corner about 200 yards away.  Though I was able to get a couple of responses from the tom when calling they never separated from their flock.  Not even the smaller Jake.  

We took this as a sign that many of the hens from this flock were still in need of a partner and that the larger males from any of the two larger groups we saw were going to have nothing to do with our calling or our decoys.  The recent weather fluctuations have apparently caused a delay in the breeding season which means unless you have a tom decoy and can provoke a fight, the larger toms are not going to leave their flocks.  We only saw a few birds that were not in the larger groups and have concluded that they might have just been temporarily separated from the flock and not the random toms out looking for more mates.  We are planning to go out again this weekend and will let you know how things have changed.  

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