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The big fish have been eating on the Santee Cooper lakes recently, and last week Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reported that a nice 43-pound fish had been caught drifting cut mullet in 17 feet on Lake Moultrie.  Then a few days ago Jim sent me a picture of a beautiful 53-pound fish which longtime clients John […]
In his last report tournament angler Bryan New reported that up-and-down water levels were creating some difficult conditions on Lake Wylie, and several weeks later Bryan says that water conditions are still making for unpredictable fishing.  He says the biggest problem on the lake right now is the recurrent rain – while the lake has […]
Somewhere in the Murrells Inlet area local guides believe a state record-class spotted seatrout in the 12-pound range is swimming.  It has not been caught so far this winter, but the way things are going it just might be.  A number of very nice fish have been landed recently, including trout up to 9+ pounds, […]
It’s big fish time on Lake Wateree, and for Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) that means anchoring up to catch a monster Lake Wateree blue catfish.  Rodger reports that when conditions will allow it he is starting his trips in the morning by anchoring along the river channel, but this time of year he is concentrating on […]
Right now bass fishing on Lake Russell is good – maybe even very good – but Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) believes the bite is about to be on fire.  Fish are grouped up in 20-40 feet of water in the middle to backs of the creeks, and catching 30-40 fish in several hours of fishing […]
It’s that time of year along the South Carolina coast, and Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that the trout bite has turned on – particularly in medium-sized creeks that have some structure such as docks or trees.  The key has been fishing the last three hours of the outgoing tide and then the beginning […]
On any list of successful Lake Murray tournament bass fishermen over the last 30-plus years Captain Doug Lown’s name is certain to be at or near the top.  An exhaustive listing of the particular tournaments as well as tournament trails that he and fishing partners have won during that time would take pages, but even […]
Up and down water conditions have played havoc on the Lake Wateree crappie, but in some tough conditions last week veteran tournament angler Will Hinson won the South Carolina Crappie Association tournament on Wateree with 7 fish that weighed 12-11.  Their big fish weighed 1.92 pounds.  Despite an impressive bag Will reports that conditions have […]
Bass fishing continues to be good on Lake Jocassee, as proven by the 9-pounder pictured below that was just hauled out of the lake by Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041).  Rob reports that all three major species of Jocassee bass are feeding up for winter, and fish can be caught in the rivers as well around […]
Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that water temperatures were down to 59 degrees in the mornings this weekend, and the lakes are still very full.  Due to the significant inflow there has been recent spilling at Santee Dam as well as significant discharge from the St. Stephens Dam, and Lake Moultrie now appears to be more […]
It’s a great time to be on the water around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (803-513-0143) reports that fishing in the area is at its absolute peak right now.  This has been an extremely mild autumn, and with air temperatures barely having dipped the water is staying warm and prolonging a very strong […]
For a new feature series we are speaking with local and national professional bass anglers about baits that they consider indispensable in the upcoming month – either generally or on specific lakes.  For the first article I interviewed FLW Tour Pro Matt Arey of Shelby, NC, a 9-time FLW Championship Qualifier and winner of the […]

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