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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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