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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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Thursday, 29 August 2013 18:51

Shotem And Caughtem Season is Here

Yes ladies and gentlemen it has finally arrived.  Since we at Shotem and Caughtem will be preparing our gear and equipment tomorrow for the weekends festivities this will be the last blog till we come back from the field next week.  We will be headed out for our favorite hunting season which is the kick off to the rest of the hunting bragging season, Dove Season Baby!  It is also still warm enough in our area that fishing season is still decent but is quickly going to start winding down.  

Dependent on where you might be heading this weekend the fishing should be decent.  It is definitely towards the end of catching season but the fish still seem to be biting.  Reports we read from around the nation point to pretty slow fishing with the majority saying their catches are coming in very early in the morning or close to dark.  However, most reports show that their catches are down to about 35% of what they were during peak season.  Major lakes of course will be busy with the vacation traffic so back coves and untouched streams will offer the best fishing versus main channels.

Hunting season will begin Sept 1 and go into full swing through the next couple of weeks.  Teal season also opens at the end of next week in most places as well as snipe and rail.  Waterfowl season as well as deer bow season are also quickly on their way.

This should give most outdoorsman and woman a great reason to get out and enjoy the weather as fishing season comes to a break and hunting season turns full swing.  We hope you share your hunting party photos to the gear galleries and your trophies to the Shotem gallery and share your stories.  As always you can leave us a line in the comment section below.  Happy Shotem and Caughtem Labor Day to all!

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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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We at Shotem and Caughtem are doing a little self indulgence by doing a fishing report for Table Rock Lake since that happens to be the spot we will be heading to this weekend.  The bass fishing is one of the best in Missouri at Table Rock lake and we can't wait to get our lines wet for the first time this season.  Water levels have risen to just above normal levels and we hope this has woken up the predators. 

Reports say that the Shad have begun to spawn in the graveled areas off points and along shallower coves.  Top water baits have been doing well in the lighter colors around depths of 5-20 feet.  Weather looks to be hit and miss with scattered thunder storms all weekend and highs in the mid to upper 70's.  The lake as of this past week has been relatively clear making the lighter color baits more noticeable and seem to be the preferred color baits.  

St. James River trout will be enjoying the cooler lake temperatures which seem to be in the high 60's.  As always we recommend a small hook and some Jolly Green Giant canned corn as bait.  Always seems to work.  

If you are headed out this weekend to any Lake we hope to see your Lake or River Monster photos in the Caughtem gallery and share what is working for you.  As always leave comments in the section below.

 

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