Reader Reports

Brantley McCauley’s big bass

By SanteeCooperLife | Apr 27, 2023 |

Brantley McCauley of Manning, SC was fishing in Clarendon County when he caught this big bass. He’s definitely living the Santee Cooper Life!

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The Crappie are still chewing

By admin | Feb 10, 2023 |

Check out this double handful of slabs from Kyle Austin Guide Service. Lake Moultrie is the place to be and with a professional guide you can get on them in a hurry. Sign your crew up for a trip today ! Click Here to book a trip! Check out the photo gallery from some of…

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Cat Ship Crazy wins Cooper River tourney

By SanteeCooperLife | Nov 7, 2022 |

With a total weight of 79.40 pounds, Team Cat Ship Crazy took first place in the Santee Lakes Catfish Club’s Cooper River tournament on Nov. 5, 2022. Team members Phillip and Noah Mims also took the Big Fish Award with a 42.25-pound fish. Team SC Cats, made up of David Kingsmore and Glenn Suber finished…

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Stripers hitting spoons, live bait

By SanteeCooperLife | Oct 19, 2022 |

Santee’s stripers are hitting live bait and spoons.

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Chimney Island camping/fishing trip

By SanteeCooperLife | Jun 26, 2022 |

Get away from it all with a camping/fishing trip like Kevin Lakin from Palmetto Cats.

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Hot weather means hot catfish action at Santee

By SanteeCooperLife | Jun 19, 2022 |

Don’t let the hot weather get you down — the catfish action is just as hot on the Santee Cooper lakes.

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Striper season closing June 15

By SanteeCooperLife | Jun 5, 2022 |

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, bream biting at Sparkleberry Swamp

By SanteeCooperLife | Apr 9, 2022 |

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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Drifting for catfish at Santee Cooper

By SanteeCooperLife | Apr 7, 2022 | Comments Off on Drifting for catfish at Santee Cooper

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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