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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
461 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
607 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
95 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
77 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
90 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.

Fishermen can keep only two blue catfish longer than 32 inches — like this one caught by guide Allen Spence — per day on the Santee Cooper lakes and river system. New catfish regs are in effect
51 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The S.C. General Assembly passed a bill last year that took effect on April 1, changing how blue catfish in the Santee Cooper lakes are managed.

Jim Crouse’s custom-made paddles can be both useful to paddlers and decorative to persons who appreciate the artful side of woodworking. Just paddlin’ around
29 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Next door to Pure Bubba, a tackle shop in Nichols, is a shop where Jim Crouse has been making custom paddles for anglers and collectors for more than 20 years.

Max Tiberghien (center), caught this 6.1-pound walleye on a Lake Hartwell trip on Monday with younger brother Alex (left) and dad Xavier. A Lake Hartwell surprise: teen catches 6.1-pound walleye on striper trip.
2248 Views - Posted: July 08 at 9:23 am

Max Tiberghien, the 13-year-old son of “Fish’N Crazee” television show host Xavier Tiberghien, thought he was reeling in another one of Lake Hartwell’s striped bass or maybe a spotted bass on Monday when he joined the club of anglers who have landed a trophy walleye from the lake – this one a 6.1-pounder.

Angler Frankie Jacobs Holds up a double handful of great Lake Wateree bream caught on a jig and grub. The jig is up for Lake Wateree bream
1657 Views - Posted: July 03 at 5:52 pm

It’s no surprise to Lake Wateree anglers that bream fishing is great right now. This is the time of year when fish are caught in huge numbers, and with some culling, some excellent limits. Bream are being taken on crickets, worms, Beetle Spins and popping bugs. But when local bream expert Frankie Jacobs hunts these big bream, bull bream discover the jig is up.

Guide Jerry Kotal said fishermen can catch big numbers of catfish by following a few steps in his gameplan. A guide's guide to catfishing by the numbers
1450 Views - Posted: July 02 at 11:18 am

Targeting big catfish is the current craze for many anglers, and with good reason, but it’s not the only exciting way to enjoy summertime catfishing. A recent trip with guide Jerry Kotal was a reminder of the intense action enjoyed targeting catfish by the numbers.

It’s summer, and the catfish action at Santee Cooper is as hot as the weather. Hot Santee cats - Summer catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes and rivers is as good as it gets
136 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes has morphed into a year-round quest, but summer is tops for as providing the year’s most-diverse catfishing opportunities. Fishing is literally three-dimensional, with blue, channel and flathead catfish all on a great bite. Fishermen can fish shallow or deep, day or night, in either lake or the Diversion Canal, and catch big numbers of cats or big cats.

Anglers easing down the Little Pee Dee and Lumber rivers in northeastern South Carolina should run into plenty of sunfish, like this chunky bluegill. Pee Dee’s panfish - Sample the Pee Dee’s summer panfish action
82 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

When the temperature begins to creep into triple digits, many fishermen seek shelter along the veins that run through South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. These black-water streams flow gently along, providing the lifeblood for fauna and folks alike. Swollen tupelo and cypress line the shoreline of this pristine tannic water that many gamefish call home. 

Paddler Stewart Venable of Lake Wylie caught this 3-pound crappie last Thursday on a trip down the Catawba River below Rock Hill. Lake Wylie paddler boats huge crappie on float down Catawba River
4588 Views - Posted: June 30 at 12:25 pm

A kayak fishing trip for on the Catawba River produced a pleasant surprise for Stewart Venable of Lake Wylie, S.C., on June 25, when the black plastic worm he was pitching into a laydown was inhaled by a huge black crappie that measured 17 ¼ inches long and weighed exactly 3 pounds.

Surfing the waves of cool water in the Hartwell tailrace is a great way to beat the heat as well as tangle with trophy striped bass. Time to surf the wave for Lake Russell's trophy stripers
1631 Views - Posted: June 25 at 6:50 pm

Striped bass fishing on the Savannah chain of impoundments typically takes a nose dive in the summer when the surface water temperatures hit the 90s, but anglers who fish the cold-water release below Lake Hartwell Dam can catch trophy fish while escaping the heat if they pay attention to the waves of cold water.