The 2022 Santee Cooper striper season has been one of the best for Capt. Leroy Suggs in many years.

The Santee Cooper striper season is set to close on June 15, and will remain closed until Oct. 1. And according to guide Leroy Suggs, these fish are biting like there is no tomorrow. Suggs is putting his clients on quality stripers, mainly using live herring as bait.

This time of year, Suggs focuses on deep holes.

“The stripers that are done spawning, a lot of them like to get in these deep holes and they just seem to sit there. If there’s plenty of bait around, they don’t need to do much but eat whenever they feel like it. I find them with my depthfinder and drop baits down to them. It’s pretty good fishing this time of year,” he said.

On some days, Suggs will hit the canal before heading onto the main lake.

“Some days you’ll catch a limit right in the canal and you can be back to Blacks Camp while they’re still serving breakfast. It’s kind of hit or miss, but on the days you hit ’em, you’ll have your limit right quick,” he said. “But on days when they aren’t there, you’ll find ’em in the deep holes. That’s where most of them are this time of year.”

Don’t wait until the fall to see what it feels like to tangle with these fish. Give Suggs a call at 910-995-1168 and get ready to fry some great tasting fillets.

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