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Donít take the month off - Santee Cooper fish are on as holidays near

December doldrums don’t exist at Santee Cooper in terms of good fishing opportunities. Hot action is the norm on both lakes for stripers, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. The big question — as we learned in early October — is whether conditions such as rain and wind curtail typically great fishing in December.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Itís big-fish season again at the Santee Cooper lakes

November is an overlooked and underappreciated time at the Santee Cooper lakes. As good as October was in terms of catching fish and seeing a lot of deer, the action improves this month with larger fish getting on a strong bite and big deer moving during the rut. It’s “go” time.

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November 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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October is for everyone

October gets a lot of love in the Santee Cooper area, and not all of it has to do with fishing. Deer season is open, and deer are being harvested, but the pre-rut and rut phases are about to rocket into overdrive and put bucks on the move. It’s a strong temptation for many to be in the woods with cooler weather and increased buck activity.

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October 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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September: a full plate

Fish are biting in the Santee Cooper lakes, but we’re at the time of year when some of the best hunting in South Carolina takes place as well. The very popular alligator season will attract a lot of attention from those with alligator tags on and around the lakes, which are divided into two distinct areas, both known for producing huge alligators.

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September 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Dog days can be for cats

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.

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August 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Deep thinking required

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.†

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July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Donít put tackle away

Striper season officially shuts down on the Santee Cooper lakes from June through September, so anglers will focus on other fish for the next four months. Striper fishermen had a strong spring, and prospects for a good return fall and winter are excellent.

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June 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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May is hard to beat

If there’s one month when just about every angler with a piscatorial preference can find something he or she likes, it would be May.†

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May 14, 2015 at 9:00 am
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