Fishing was great last week. Caught lots of big slab crappie, some really big blue cats, and also really nice Rockfish. Caught the crappie over brush brush piles. Started fishing a new jig last week, called the Rockport Rattler. They make crappie jigs with an integrated rattle in them. They also have glass eyes, which I think is just as big of an attraction as the rattle. All I know is they really work. Caught three over three pounds in one day! Now those are slabs. Caught several cats over 30 pounds, one of which we released: 38 pounds.
Santee Cooper is HOT during the cold months (if you can call our weather cold) This is the best fishing of the year, and you will just about have the lakes to your self! As the water cools, the fish go crazy. The fish in Santee Cooper feed all winter, unless the water temperature reaches 45 degrees. Rarely does the water temp. here get that cold, we have to have a really bitter cold winter for that to happen.
The Santee Cooper Lakes are on FIRE right now. Catfish are biting cutbait like crazy in Lake Moultrie. Crappie and eating it up on brush piles in 15 to 28 feet of water and minnows are your best bet. Bream are also doing will stacking up nice on brush piles in 16 to 22 feet of water. Toss your line around 8 to 14 feet with crickets and you are sure to get some bites.
This weekend is going to be a windy one, but all is not lost! I'd be willing to bet that you can catch some big catfish and bream in the diversion canal. The good thing about the canal is you can get out of the wind just about all of the time. This time of year, anchor in the canal and throw chunks of cut bait on the bottom. About 2 ounces of lead with a 5/0 circle hook. For the canal bream, either fish straight down with crickets or throw crickets under a cork towards the bank. Good fishing!
Because of the cool nights, the water temp. is down to a fish feeding frenzy temperature of 70 degrees! This means that the big ones are eating the little ones! The cats are in 20 to 30 feet of water being caught drifting with herring and cut mullet. Have seen some nice blue cats come out of the canal at night, using live bream and white perch. Some big panfish are in the canal, and the giant slab crappie and bream are being caught on brush, and also by stump jumping in the upper lake, Lake Marion. Go tree to tree and fish right down beside the dead timber in the upper lake with jigs tipped with minnows. Stripers are schooling like crazy in the lower lake, Lake Moultrie, look for the seagulls and throw bucktails or swim baits. Live herring is also very effective for stripers right now. Use your sonar to find them in 25 to 30 feet of water. Blacks Camp has plenty of lively herring, our herring are guaranteed to die trying!
Crappie are doing well on brush piles in 10 to 25 feet of water. Bream doing good on the same brush piles. Stripers are being caught aim live herring while drifting in 30 feet of water. Some catfish are being caught in the canal, as well as the lower lake in 30 feet of water. Catching the catfish on cut bait, herring and mullet. Look for the catfish to move down to the dam area of Lake Moultrie late next month. Today the water temperature is 75°. The cooler the water gets, the better the fish will bite. Good Fishing,
The stripers are schooling like crazy! Especially in the afternoon, out in front of Bonneau and also out in front of the hatchery. If you can find them schooling in water 5 to 10 feet deep, you can get some really nice fish. There were several keepers caught this week, and I know of several others that have been caught this week. I caught a couple myself, they are now in my belly and boy they were good.
The Santee Cooper Striper season is underway as of Oct 1st and good catches have been coming in. Remember there is a 3 fish creel limit with a length limit of 26 inches. The fish are schooling so be on the look out for flocks of seagulls feeding on shad which the stripers chase to the surface. The stripers also like to school at creek mouths and along the edges of the diversion canal.