First off, I want to say hello to all my fellow catfishermen. I actually joined this site a few months ago and have posted a few times but don't think I ever actually introduced myself. My name is Lawrence and I live right smack dab betwean the Bates bridge landing on the Congaree and the Lowfalls Landing on the upper end of Santee so this is where I roam. Since joining this site I have become addicted. I love the availability of current updates and being able to see and compare results and experiences with people who share a common focus on not just fishining , but catfishing. I can't wait to meet up and actually hang out with some of you guys. If any of you ever get into my area of the swamp or want to, make sure to let me know. I'm not kidding!!! I actually wrote this as a response to an earlier thread but it was suggested to me that it should have been a thread of it's own so here goes. This is a little description of my theories and the resulting strategies. Anybody got any additions are suggestions on fine tuning? Please add what you can as, in my opinion the instructional information and experience regarding different techniques are far and away the most valuable part of any site like this :wink:. I've never had the kind of success in the Congaree/Wateree/Upper Santee with other baits that I've had when using fresh bream. Live or cut, nothing comes close. I wasted enough money on feeding shad and herring to the gar fish to buy a new outboard before I realized you weren't really putting forward your best effort unless you got out and caught some bream to fish with. I typically fish deep timber in the daytime but move to shallower water at night, especially during the summer months. The beauty of fishing in a river like the Congaree is you can actually spread your lines through a very diverse set of circumstances from a stationary vantage point. We usually move to the top end of a sand bar a couple of hours after dark. I'll anchor down about a third of the way out from the the shallow side, just about casting distance above the top of the deep hole. I set out 8 lines starting 4 with cut bait and 4 with live bait alternated down each side of the boat with the cut bait in front. The front line is kept shorter and the cut bait is easier to keep stationary so that my lines don't get crossed. There is often a swale in the bottom contour where the water current cuts across from the top of the inside curve to the outside. I like my 2 inside/short lines to follow this track. Fish moving up and down the river tend to follow this same transition accross from inside to out and vice versa. Also this little dip creates a pocket that holds some forage. I like to use a flat weight on these lines as it holds the bottom better and keeps my bait close to where I cast it. The big fish, especially blues, may hold in the deep water but numerous times during the night they will cruise up onto the sandbar in search of schools of bait. While they may spend more time in the deep water, I feel that any fish in the shallows is probably feeding more agressively. I spread my 4 rear lines over as much of the sand bar as possible, feeding out quite a bit of extra line. This zone is fairly free of debris so I can get away with this and the fish here are moving alot so I don't worry so much about finding them cause they'll find me. I use an egg weight here. While it keeps my bait close to the bottom, a little wiggle can free it to roll around on the sand thus allowing me or my bait to move it around some. These are the rods that catch me the most fish. A fish holding in deep water is sitting at home relaxing. When it's time to go to work he is cruizing, I count on my outside lines to offer him a trip to the fridge instead of going out to eat. I cast these 2 right to the tip of any downed timber, using a heavy flat weight here and being certain to stop my line as soon as I feel it touch bottom otherwise I'll be fighting more timber bass than catfish. I use my fish finder alot more during the day just marking areas that hold fish. While I may be able to hit one in the nose with a piece of cutbait and entice him to bite, I know he will be feeding the adjacent shallows once the sun starts to go down. At night I use the screen more as a geographical tool. I know if a deep hole held fish that day and I set up my buffet nearby, when they do decide to grab a bite to eat they won't be able to resist. By setting up the way I do I am constantly offering bait to feeding fish with the key word being 'feeding'. A lot of people suggest moving around more than I do and in larger bodies o water I agree, but I've found that by using this approach, I've done just as well holding in a few areas and watching the bite go from deep water to shallow as I have by bouncing from hole to hole. The terrain on a river the size of the Congaree is fairly easy to read and you can quickly figure out where the transitions are. PS: I"m really looking forward to trying to get involved with some of the BOC events and gatherings but need a little boat help. I have a 20' aluminum center console that I love but it doesn't have a live well. I usually turn loose most of the fish I catch and when I do decide to keep them I ice them down imeediately so no problem. If I fish the tournaments it's a different set of problems. I've dug through the main site and found some information on livewells but I'm still not satisfied. Somebody hook me up with a suggestions on how to keep 150-200lbs of fish for a day in 100 degree heat.