• Santee Stringer

    Guide Bob Winters doesn’t need all the latest gadgets to catch plenty of Lake Moultrie catfish like this nice blue.

    Old school isn’t bad to study on

    High-Tech isn’t always necessary for fishing
    Yesterday at 8:00am
    Stripers  will still provide plenty of action this month on live bait and artificials, especially at the surface.

    Cool weather=hot fishing

    Don’t put your tackle away in December
    December 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Guide Inky Davis said largemouth bass will be keying on shad movements in November.

    Find time to fish — now!

    In a busy November, Santee action is excellent
    November 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Bills to adjust creel and size limits for striped bass are bottled up in the state legislature.

    What’s next for stripers?

    Regulations have worked, but it’s time for changes
    October 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    September marks the beginning of great fall crappie fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes, with good fish and good numbers being caught by guides like Kevin Davis of Blacks Camp (far right).

    September on Santee = transition

    Some of the year’s best action is on the horizon
    September 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Guide Joe Dennis catches plenty of great bream in deep areas of the Santee Cooper lakes where he’s hunting for crappie.

    Don’t forget deep bream

    August heat pushes panfish to slabs’ haunts
    August 14, 2017 at 9:00am
    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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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