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Bass Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Brett Collins with his 10.24 catch-and-release Santee largemouth
The largemouth bite is hot on the Santee Cooper lakes, and the big ones are just as active as the small ones.

Brett Collins of Carolina Anglers Team Trail (www.catttrail.com) caught a 10.24-lb hawg at Santee earlier this week while fishing a tournament. Collins caught the bass on a Rat-L-Trap in shallow water and released it after weighing in.

This impressive catch didn't help.... Read More
February 28 at 8:43pm
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Waterfowl Hunting in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Open Season on cormorants starts this Sunday
The state's first cormorant hunting season begins this Sunday, Feb 2nd on the Santee Cooper lakes. Participants must be permitted by the DNR, and that isn't as simple as buying a hunting license. Aside from having a valid hunting license, cormorant seekers must have attended one of the SCDNR's training sessions and possess the permit they were issued. This goes for anyone tagging along with.... Read More
January 28 at 7:58pm
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Bag-a-Buck Contest in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Hunter Thynes (age 12) 175 lb. 8 point Clarendon County, SC.  12/26/13
Hunter Thynes (age 12) shot this nice 175 lb. 8 point in Clarendon County. Nice late Season Deer. 12/26/2013.
December 29, 2013 at 7:41pm
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Bag-a-Buck Contest in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Jeff Thomas' First Deer Ever
  • Jeffy's First Deer Ever
140 yds on the edge of a peanut field on Oct 31st @ 8:17 am in Sumter County

Mauser 30.06, Winchester 150gr bullet

Spotted the deer in the fog when he moved his ears -- the white inside his ear gave him away
Perfect Chest Shot -- Broadside -- Heart and Lungs Exploded -- deer moved only about 12 feet from impact point
November 12, 2013 at 5:23am
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Freshwater Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Joie McCutchen shows off a stringer of bluegills and shellcrackers.
The bream fishing at Santee is as hot as ever, with anglers catching limits of bluegills and shellcrackers all over the upper and lower lakes. Bluegills are biting crickets in a range of depths, anywhere from 2-12 feet deep.



Anglers are having luck with shellcrackers fishing on or near the bottom, also in a variety of depths. Nightcrawlers and red wigglers are producing well.



Other than.... Read More
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May 31, 2013 at 10:09pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Brooke Knotts and Brynli Knotts show off a Santee Cooper bluegill caught on a slip cork.
Despite the cooler mornings, nights, and evenings, the bream fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes is still hot. The only difference is that experienced bream anglers are starting later in the day.

'We like to let the sun get up and begin warming the water because when the mornings are as cool as they have been, the bream won't bite until a little later in the day anyway,' said Borden.... Read More
September 29, 2013 at 4:38pm
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Bass Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Daniel Brewer shows off a Santee bass he caught on a buzzbait.
The cooler mornings and evenings have triggered more feeding action from largemouth bass in the Santee Cooper lakes, and what was a great summer for bass anglers is turning into an even better fall.

Topwater plugs and buzzbaits are doing the trick on bass in the mornings and evenings, and anglers are catching bass on pretty much everything else throughout the day.

Daniel Brewer of.... Read More
September 29, 2013 at 4:18pm
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Other Hunting in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Anthony Messier harvested this 10' 1' gator in the Low Falls area last week.
It took all day and half the night, but Bishopville's Anthony Messier finally bagged a gator worthy of the pursuit last week. Guided by Brad Taylor of Taylor Outdoors Guide Service, Messier tussled the 10' 1' gator into submission.

Messier initially shot the gator with a crossbow, then put two harpoons in it, finally subduing it with a single 9 mm shot to the head around 2:30 a.m. in.... Read More
September 29, 2013 at 3:57pm
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Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • The Santee Cooper blue catfish decline is the subject of the SCDNR meeting
According to the SCDNR, the blue catfish population in the Santee Cooper lakes has declined drastically in the past 10 years. While their studies show this to be the case, no one has been able to point to the reason why.

In order to get input from concerned anglers, and to share their information with those anglers, the SCDNR is hosting a meeting on Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the.... Read More
August 31, 2013 at 2:08pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Cash Holloway shows off a Santee striper he caught with his dad on a recent trip.
The striper fishing at Santee usually heats up in May, but it has started a little early this year. Perry Holloway of Sumter has taken his kids out striper fishing several times in the past few weeks, and they are having success both fishing on the bottom and using surface lures like Striper Swipers and large Chug Bugs.



The stripers have been biting throughout the day in moving water,.... Read More
April 29, 2013 at 10:59pm
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Bass Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
10 1/2 pounder caught on a zman zinker z
April 07, 2013 at 4:26pm
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  • Joe Avins with his 10.10 Santee hawg.
Patrick Walters and Todd Walters teamed up to win the first T.O.M. CATT event at Santee-Cooper of 2013, but it was Joe Avins who stole the show, bringing a monster to the weigh-in.



Avins' trophy bass pushed the scale to 10.10 pounds at the Jan. 26 event, and is the largest bass ever weighed in at a Carolina Anglers Team Trail Tournament.



Brian Cope

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January 27, 2013 at 10:03am
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Waterfowl Hunting in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Wood ducks helped close out the season for a group of Santee waterfowlers.
Charles Edward Land III of Manning joined fellow outdoorsman Johnson James to lead some friends on a duck hunt on the last day of the 2012-2013 season. The hunting party had good luck out of Pack's Landing.



It was all wood ducks to round out the season for the group. The duck hunting season ended Jan. 27th, but don't put away all the waterfowling gear just yet. Canada geese are still in.... Read More
January 27, 2013 at 9:30am
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Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • havein fun
had A good day with my friend Al Duncan on nov 1
November 04, 2012 at 8:10am
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Hog Hunting in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Chris Warren and Mikey Colboth harvested this 85-pound sow early Oct. 30th.
As Hurrican Sandy pounded the northeastern states, it also brought high winds and a lake wind advisory to much of South Carolina, so it was no surprise to Sumter outdoorsmen Chris Warren and Mikey Colboth that they were the only boat at Pack's Landing on the morning of Oct. 30th. Luckily, the two weren't planning a fishing trip. Instead, they were hunting hogs in the Sparkleberry Swamp.... Read More
October 30, 2012 at 7:59pm
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Trail Cam Photos in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Deer down with me in the background.
Here is a picture taken by my trail cam I had set up on my hunting land. Notice the gun smoke still in the air as the deer has fallen, with me in the back ground in my tree stand.
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October 09, 2012 at 7:45am
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Freshwater Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Ken Nutter likes to fish for bluegill and crappie in Sparkleberry Swamp this time of year.
Bluegill and crappie are both on the menu in Sparkleberry Swamp, especially in the Dead Lake area. Fishing along the outer row of cypress knees with crickets is doing a number of the bream, and live minnows are the ticket for crappie.



Sumter's Ken Nutter loves fishing this part of Lake Santee during this time of year, and has a method for picking up panfish of both species.



'I start off.... Read More
September 30, 2012 at 9:43pm
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Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • upper lake 2011
can any santee fisherman tell me where they have seen any large gators, I have got draw for the lower lake only.Looking for 12 to 13 ft range, any tips would be appreciate. Thanks
July 30, 2012 at 6:52pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
Hello Everyone, just wondering if any of you could tell me some decent spots to fish (pier side) around moncks corner / goose creek. Right now I fish at a resident pond but can only fish with a resident there. I've tried bushy park and the hatchery but haven't had too much luck there.
July 04, 2012 at 4:40pm
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Bass Fishing in Sante Cooper Area
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  • Perry Holloway shows off two hefty Santee Cooper bass.
The largemouth bite has slowed as the weather has warmed up, but anglers are still catching some quality bass in Lakes Marion and Moultrie.



Soft plastics are doing the job for most anglers, but some fish are still falling for spinnerbaits tossed around cypress trees. The trick, according to Capt. Jimmie Hair, is to stay in the trees. Capt. Hair said anglers should let their soft plastics sit.... Read More
June 30, 2012 at 9:16pm

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