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    Inky Davis caught this bass on a crankbait on a small drop-off, a perfect July spot.

    Bass haven’t moved far

    Santee largemouth action warms with weather
    July 16 at 9:00am
    Crappie may be deeper as summer approaches, but fishing can be as consistent and productive as in the spring.

    Deep doesn’t mean bad

    Summer fishing patterns can be extremely good
    June 16 at 9:00am
    Shellcrackers will be in the shallows in early May before moving to their deeper, summer spots by the end of the month.

    May is on around Santee

    Expect a great bite for almost any species
    May 16 at 9:00am
    Lake Marion produced this great stringer of shellcrackers for William Scott and fishing buddy Hilton Fulmer.

    Empty the ‘cracker’ box

    Santee Cooper shellcrackers peak in April
    April 16 at 9:00am
    You might have to hunt for them a little bit, but largemouth bass should be moving into the shallows at Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, preparing to spawn in March.

    It’s Santee shallow time

    Fish of all species will be on the move in March
    March 16 at 9:00am
    Striped bass will begin their spawning run to the upper end of Lake Marion and into the Wateree and Congaree rivers this month.

    The month of the move

    Start February deep, but work your way shallow
    February 16 at 9:00am
    When the temperature drops and shuts down stripers, big blue catfish become a great option on Lakes Marion and Moultrie.

    Forage is key to January

    Find the buffet line and you’ll find gamefish
    January 16 at 9:00am
    Bass pro Brett Mitchell said bass fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes this month can be a real feast, especially when you can find pods of shad on which they are feeding.

    Bass feast tops a famine

    December largemouths will gang up on shad
    December 16, 2016 at 9:00am
    Guide Gene Crawford netted this 76-pound blue catfish for a client last November.

    How to catch your biggest catfish on Santee this month

    Trophy blue cats aren’t the only species biting
    November 16, 2016 at 9:00am
    Guide Joe Dennis expects to catch plenty of keeper striped bass when the seasons opens Oct. 1 on the Santee Cooper lakes.

    Striper fishing is back

    October action predicted to be top-drawer
    October 16, 2016 at 9:00am
    Guide Kevin Davis expects September to be a great month to catch blue catfish like this one at Santee Cooper.

    September opportunities

    Santee Cooper hunting, fishing is set to go
    September 16, 2016 at 9:00am
    The edges of weed lines are great places to find nice summer bass that aren’t in deep water.

    Brush will hold crappie

    Consistent pattern can lead to limits of slabs
    August 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    Deep brush piles in Lakes Marion and Moultrie will hold concentrations of bream in July.

    July is canal-fishing time

    Hot weather brings Diversion Canal to forefront
    July 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    Guide Inky Davis said finding the depth where June bass are holding is a key to fishing success.

    Don’t quit thinking bass

    The spawn is over, but the bite is still good
    June 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    Crappie are on the move from the shallows back to deep water in May; find them and load the boat.

    Santee Cooper striped bass plan is prepared

    Legislators getting ready to approve new limits
    May 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    Matthew Outlaw and Meagan Daughtery show off limits of bream and shellcracker from Lake Marion.

    Fishing’s tops, no fooling

    Spawn draws most species shallow in April
    April 15, 2016 at 9:00am