striper

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…

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crappie

Sparkleberry Swamp is part of the upper reaches of the Santee Cooper lakes. The boat landing there is a little on the rough side (and the dirt road to get there isn’t so great either), but the fishing in the swamp is excellent. Some of the best crappie and bream fishing takes place in the…

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Anglers looking for a fun way to catch bass in the spring are quick to tie on a topwater lure. The Arbogast Hula Popper is one of the oldest topwater lures on the market, and for good reason. It flat out works! The same classic Hula Popper that’s been around for decades is still available,…

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One species that draws anglers from all over the country to the Santee Cooper lakes is the blue catfish. And drifting is one of the most effective ways to catch them. The variety of depths throughout both the upper and lower lakes gives catfish a lot of space to roam. And while anchoring down to…

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