Santee Cooper Lake this weekend

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by bruce edmunds, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    coming to santee this weekend ,never been this time of year .how has the fishing been this past week?this is my first post, any help on any places to fish this yime of year would be a big help,they say the cats school up under bait this time of year.whats the water temp.? right now.will be fishing the upper and lower lakes .which ever ones the best.we will be fishing out of a 21 foot white starcraft walk through windshield.anybody see us give a holler! thanks BRUCE EDMUNDS GREENWOOD S C.
     
  2. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    I think I know you, we talked for about an hour one day at the Sportsmans Friend in Greenwood.You the one thats got the flames on your boat aint you?
     

  3. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Bruce, I wish I could give you a good report, but I just haven't had a chance to talk with anyone this week. However, the water temps are down around 45 deg, the coldest so far this year, and the baitfish should be balled up and into the winter time pattern. Where are you planning to stay? The upper lake should have some fish now, along the deep river channel, where the water drops off. You need a map with contours to find those spots. Find the schools of bait with your sonar, then anchor or drift the area with your baits carolina rigged, about 1-2' off bottom. This is the most popular method, using threadfin shad or herring.
    Ask questions and provide a little more detail about where you're staying, what equipment you have, as far as sonar and gps, if any, and someone will be glad to help.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    :0a25: :0a25: Bruce welcome to the BOC.Good to have you on board.:0a18: :big_smile_2:
     
  5. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Bruce
     
  6. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    thats me chris ,hows your guide bussiness doing?and how did you do in the last tournament at monty/
     
  7. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Alright and alright on both.I cant talk about neither one on here yet because of the rules.I'm gone get things worked out so that Carolina Catmen trail can be talked about on here soon.I'm sending you a PM but I think you have to have 10 posts before you can look at it.
     
  8. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    i hate rules, but i guess you have to do as they say , do you ever fish the hill for cats? caught some nice flat heads this past summer caught 5 between 30 @ 35 lbs .and blues and channels.we have been bringing in some nice stripes and hybes too this past month in littleriver on boards and free lines
     
  9. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    No I still hadnt had a chance to try em down there.I've been hearin about the stripes and hybes though.Chris Williams has probably forgot who I am I hadnt been there in so long.
     
  10. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    chris i will call you tomorrow and give you my # they wont let me send private replys yet.but i will call and get togeather sometimes .i can fish any time on weekends /
     
  11. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    blackwaterkatz will be fishing with bluebacks alive and cut ,have a 30gal grayline bait tank,bringbait with us .will probaly put in at harrys,but will go to where ever the fish are.we run a lowrance 334 c color graph /gps /hotmaps .autopiolit windsock ,ect we aint short on stuff to fish with ,just need some general area in upper or lower lake to start with ,i dont wont ant secert holes ars anything ,just a general area thats good. front of dam,some channel ,bouymarker,island ,just some where to start?
     
  12. Shrimp Man

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    Bruce ,
    Welcome to BOC, Be sure to post about your trip, I'm trying to work it out for Monday, If I can find bait.
     
  13. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Sounds like you have plenty of equipment, so just look along the river channels in front of the dam for bait, and go from there. The river turns back and forth but you can find the contours using your mapping program. Watch for submerged timber anytime you are out of the main channel, even if 40' of water there can be stumps just below the water.
     

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  14. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    thanks chris. i got the email and enjoyed the tlk this afternoon. look forward to going fishing soon. thanks. bruce
     
  15. CaTmAnDo55

    CaTmAnDo55 New Member

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    welcome to the boc i too am going to santee this saturday and i too am a winter santee rookie but me and my buddy bwill be putting in at randolphs
    were going to try our luck using cut shad and live herring were going to try deep water and hit the shallows. we'll be in a 16' flat bottom with a 60hp mariner if your up that way look for three frozen nutcases
     
  16. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    I would defitnately try the little river area and dirrectly in front of the dam there should be alot of bait balled up there. Good luck I hope to get there during the week next week. Let me know how yall do.
     
  17. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    wewillbe putting at harrys ,we will be fishing up around the dam ,and around the channel edges .it will be 3 of us ,if you see us give a shout bruce
     
  18. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    wewillbe putting at harrys ,we will be fishing up around the dam ,and around the channel edges .it will be 3 of us ,if you see us give a shout bruce
     
  19. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    blackwaterkatz thankyou for all your help bruce
     
  20. bruce edmunds

    bruce edmunds New Member

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    blackwaterkatz where can i get a map with detail like that? bruce