Last weekend's featured Carolinas Bass Challenge tournament on Santee Cooper was won by Wade Grooms fishing alone with a big 28.06 pound sack including an 8.14 pound big fish. He won $10k and didn't have to share it with anyone! Reader J Andrews also didn't have to share his $80 AHQ gift certificate for the closest guess with anyone, and with a 28 pound even guess he was just an ounce away. Incidentally his 8.28 pound guess on big fish was also really close!
Lake Monticello surface water temperatures have shot up to about 57 degrees, and on the lower end there has been some water as warm as 62.The lake is pretty stained, probably as a result of muddy water being pumped in from the river.
Because of the unique dynamics of the lake water temperatures are running warmer on Lake Monticello than other South Carolina lakes, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports