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Friday, 23 August 2013 22:07

Hot Weather Bass Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem have had some rotten luck the last month when it comes to running out after work to do a little quality time fishing.  Here in the Midwest the temperatures have been all over the place and last month we got hit with huge amounts of rain.  Now the weather has swung the other way.  The last two weeks after some cooler weeks with a lot of rain have turned in to hot and dry days.  As such we think the fish might be just as confused as we are so we thought we might research what happens when the weather is hot.  Our last outing on Tuesday of this week cause us to not get bites till it was pretty much pitch black.  So what do you do when it is sunny and hot?

Bass feed throughout the day. They don't just take a nap all day then feed at night. The key is discovering how to catch bass on the hottest days. Bass are feeding opportunists that feed when food is handy. They are fully active and, in fact, aggressive when conditions are right. A key is discovering thermocline.  Lakes go through seasonal water temperature changes. This creates different levels of water temperatures. The water becomes uncomfortably warm on the surface for bass this time of year.

Some oxygen content is maintained on the surface in spite of direct sunlight, an important factor for bass comfort and survival, explaining why bass can be caught on top water during evening hours when the water surface is still warm.  Several feet below the surface, temperatures are cooler where adequate oxygen content exists. Thermocline is a comfort zone for bass and other fish. During hot weather there is little oxygen content below the thermocline, so most bass are caught at this essential level and above.

The best thing to do is begin to figure out at which depth the bass seem to be even striking the bait and then fishing those depths as you travel around your river, lake or pond.

We hope everyone has a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend.   Let us know your hot weather fishing secrets in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the galleries and telling us your stories.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem love when we get the opportunity to hunt feral hogs.  We already have talked about tricks to use when night hunting and thought since the summer is upon us that we would also tell you about some tricks we use to hunt them during those hot days ahead.

Wild Boar definitely have a daily pattern.  Due to the fact that pigs don't have sweat glands they must rely on a couple of things during the hot summer days.  They need shade to get out of the sun, water sources for wallering and keeping cool and mud to keep the insects at bay.  They have a great sense of smell but they lack good vision and hearing.  So how to find a place to obtain a good shot or lure them in should you not have the luxury of a feeder.

One of the first things to look for is places where they have been coming to obtain water or to waller in the mud.  Because of their destructive patterns these areas are not hard to find.  If these places should go dry they will look in the near vicinity for options.  Like deer, pigs love to escape the heat by finding bushy areas to nap and stay cool.  You will be able to track these areas by finding game trails and looking for low hanging broken branches and tracks.  Note these areas will also be close to the water source they are using at the time.

Should you find a good wallering place and want to help your chances of luring in the animals to stay for a while for a clean shot here are some tips.  First is rotten corn.  You can take a 5 gal bucket, fill it three quarters of the way full of corn and then fill the rest with water.  Seal the bucket and leave it in the sun for a couple days and you will have what you need.  You can also use different fruits such as apples or oranges a bit of vinegar and water and do the same thing.  Another good tip is save your table scraps or unused vegetables from your kitchen place them in a bucket and then pour cherry or strawberry flavored cool aid on them to help as an attractant.  Once you find a good spot, dig a couple of holes and bury part of the bounty and throw the rest around the area to help cover your scent.  We always take out a spray bottle with diesel fuel in it and spray it on the bottom 3 feet of trees around the area.  They will rub their bodies up against the diesel laden trees and use that scent and oil as an insect repellent.

Let us know what tricks you use to lure in hogs on these hot summer days in the comment section below.  As always post your photos to the galleries and tell us about your adventures.  Most of all have fun and be safe.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 00:09

Bow Fishing for Asian Carp

Something caught our eye this weekend while we were thinking of things to inform our readers about.  We felt that so far on Shotemandcaughtem we have focused on a lot of hunting related news stories and not enough on fishing.  Then we found stories of Bow hunting Asian carp in the North American rivers and thought it would be a great article to combine the two things we love to do, hunt and fish.  Nothing would be more fun than channeling your inner senses to concentrate on shooting an object, with little to no warning, out of the air with a bow and arrow.  Sounds like a blast to us!

The best time to target shoot the Asian Carp is between June and August preferably not when the rivers are high but the temperatures unfortunately are.  Slow your boat down to a speed in the shallow parts of the river til you find the best motor sound that gets the fish a flyin.  Draw your bow back and keep a watchful eye on the surface and wait til you get your shot.  Many of the fish will reach heights of five feet above the surface of the water giving you little time to make your perfect shot.  It combines all the things we love to do.  Its like skeet shooting with a bow at live targets.  Don't feel bad since this invasive species has pretty much taken over the rivers in the upper Midwest and you will be doing Mother Nature a service. This will allow the natural habitat to gain back a little ground.  Most importantly we would love to see your photos or videos on our bragging walls and hope you might give us some pointers on the best places to go.  We even found a video to help spur your interest in giving it a try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc-e8EGkLMo.

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