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Guide William Attaway has unlocked the key to catching loads of Lake Monticello catfish. Take a ride on the "midnight express" for more Monticello catfish
376 Views - Posted: August 17 at 11:57 am

Hot weather and great catfish action have always gone hand-in-hand, but the sizzling summer sun sometimes puts a damper on the fun factor. One prescription to cure the summertime blues is to get on Lake Monticello’s midnight express.


The heat doesnít seem to bother flathead catfish, which will bite as long as thereís a little current. Dog days can be for cats
63 Views - Posted: August 17 at 9:00 am

August may be known as the dog days, but it’s actually a great time for cats, too, especially the big blues and flatheads of the Santee Cooper. Excellent largemouth and bream action on both lakes also provide opportunities if you know where and how to find them.


Watching your depth finder closely is a key to pinpointing the depth to drop your bait around feeding stripers. Boat, bait and depth control ensure striper success
57 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

When guide Preston Harden excitedly tells one of his fishing parties to “Get ready, here they come,” you’d better be close to your rod, because somebody’s rod — often several rods — are about to take a nosedive. A quick hookset typically ensures that a striper or a hybrid is on the business end.†


A fiberglass reproduction allows fishermen to enjoy a trophy striped bass for years while being able to release the fish alive. Replica mounts are the ticket
53 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Most estimates put a 30-pound freshwater striped bass at around 15 years of age. That represents a 15-year investment by a fishery for each fish that goes to the taxidermist.†


Guide William Sasser said the crawfish/hydrilla on Clarks Hill Lake  bite for striped bass, hybrids and catfish has been a little late this summer, but has finally come on and is one of the most consistent of the year. Clarks Hill's "crawfish bite" for stripers, hybrids has finally kicked in
689 Views - Posted: August 13 at 11:33 am

Fishing weed lines is a no-brainer up north, but few anglers realize that sprawling Clarks Hill Reservoir on the Savannah River along the South Carolina/Georgia border also has plenty of weeds, in the form of hydrilla, that attract tons of fish – particularly †striped bass and hybrids.


If it's tasty to a fisherman, it might be tasty to a catfish. That's what one Sumter angler has learned. When it comes to catfish bait, the sky is the limit
1527 Views - Posted: August 06 at 5:15 pm

Many hardcore catfish anglers have favorite baits they swear by over all others. A variety of live baits, cut baits, stinkbaits and homemade concoctions are on the list of baits many outdoorsmen use to pursue Mr. Whiskers, but Mike Spinks of Sumter, S.C., has branched out in other directions when searching for the perfect catfish bait.†


Wyn Mullins enjoys catches like this of big, bull bream in the Cooper River through the summer. Learn this four-letter word for catching big Cooper River bream: deep
1339 Views - Posted: August 05 at 7:35 am

August may not rate high as prime time to catch bull bream, but it may be time to do some deep thinking and reconsider. Go to the Cooper River and think deep water to target the monster bream in this fertile river, and you’ll likely get your fishing string stretched, if not broken.


Guide Wendell Wilson regularly does battle with big Lake Russell stripers. Striper strategies - Hereís how to target Lake Russellís trophy stripers
86 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

In 2012, fishermen began urging South Carolina officials to put in place regulations that would turn Lake Russell, the middle lake of the three major impoundments on the Savannah River, into a trophy striped bass fishery.†


Guide Preston Harden said August fishing for stripers and hybrids on Lake Hartwell is consistently good because they are consistent in their location and feeding habits. Hartwell heats up - August is not dog days, but striper days
89 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

Greet a sunrise on the lower end of Lake Hartwell this month armed with blueback herring and a good graph, and odds are, the hot fishing will rival the heat. On a good day, you’ll be off the water by mid-morning from fish-fighting exhaustion, not heat exhaustion.


Baylen Moore and guide Townie Wessinger show off the best fish from two limits recently caught in deep water at Lake Murray. Deep-water pattern has taken over, but Lake Murray is still spitting out nice stripers
773 Views - Posted: July 22 at 7:27 am

Hot-weather patterns have set in for Lake Murray striped bass, but that hasn’t slowed down the action for fishermen able to adapt to deep-water patterns. Guide Townsend “Townie” Wessinger has been mauling stripers with live bait in deep water.


Striped bass regulations will remain the same on the Santee Cooper lakes for another year. No changes coming in Santee Cooper striped bass regs
779 Views - Posted: July 17 at 8:16 am

Proposed changes to striped bass regulations on the Santee Cooper lakes has stalled in the stakeholders committee, and no recommendations were passed on to the legislature for consideration for the 2015-2016 license year.


Shellcrackers are a great target fish in July, but you have to search a little to find them concentrated in relatively small areas. Deep thinking required
170 Views - Posted: July 16 at 9:00 am

Summer patterns have settled in on the Santee Cooper lakes, and that’s not a bad situation. When the water heats up and the sun bears down, some species will get into very reliable patterns in deeper water.†


Whitey Outlaw shows off a mixed stringer of blue and channel cats caught in the Congaree River on catalpa worms. The Congaree catfish connection
120 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

In the extreme upper end of Lake Marion, above where the convergence of the Congaree and Wateree rivers to form the Santee River, Whitey Outlaw from St. Matthews regularly mauls catfish in the Congaree.


The Cooper River downstream from Lake Moultrie has a great trophy fishery for blue catfish. Cooper River cats
158 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Great fishing for catfish is not confined to the Santee Cooper lakes and the Diversion Canal; there’s outstanding fishing in the Cooper River below Lake Moultrie.


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