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Welcome to Testone Catfish Charters in Santee Cooper, South Carolina - Home of the Big Blue Catfish
Testone Catfish Charters is located at the heart of Santee Cooper on lakes Marion and Moultrie in South Carolina. World class fishing guide Captain Brandon Testone has fishing charters in Santee Cooper on two lakes, two rivers, two canals and a vast swamp.
Santee Cooper is awesome! 450 miles of shoreline, 171,000 acres of land covered by 756 billion gallons of water. Lakes Marion and Moultrie are famous as the home of the landlocked striped bass and the BIG blue catfish. Along with stripers and catfish are largemouth bass, crappie and bream. All of which offer an exciting challenge for anglers.
Charter fishing guide - Captain Brandon Testone - has over 20 yrs experience catching fish - His speciality is catching Catfish, whether its the blue, channel or flatheads. With Captain Brandon as your fishing guide in Santee Cooper, we try to ensure a great time and rewarding trip is had by all.
Testone Catfish Charters has up to date equipment with a clean, well maintained pontoon boat large enough to give plenty of fishing room for 6 fishermen.
* Kids under 12 are free with a paid adult.
* Private Charters are available -- Contact Us for details.
* 10% discount for active military
* 10% discount for senior citizen 65 and over
If you want the BIG FISH - Your fishing guide - Captain Brandon - will find them but YOU still have to reel em in!
Why choose Testone Catfish charters?
Fishing guide, Captain Brandon Testone, targets trophy size fish in Santee Cooper on lakes Marion and Moultrie. That is after all what you came for right!
Some of the boats out here are old and weather worn - OUR boat is what you see online - New, Clean, Safe and equipped with a GPS, marine radio, sea anchors, and all coast guard required safety items. There is also an enclosure for bad or cold weather.
Leave the little ones behind, fish with me and lets hunt the monsters that Santee is known for! We don't always catch trophies and numbers will vary depending on the conditions, but I will guarantee that I will try to put you on the biggest catfish you have ever caught...and have a blast in doing so!
Charter Fishing Guide - Captain Brandon Testone
Santee Cooper Lakes
Updated - 8/29/2014
Bream & Crappie: Good
Crappie: Crappie are still in a healthy summer feeding pattern and some nice fish continue to be caught. Up the creeks he has been catching some fish in 8-14 feet of water, while out on the main lakes he has been catching fish around brush in 12-20 feet of water. Minnows are working best and Lake Marion has produced better than Lake Moultrie.
Bream: Tough weather conditions have kept the bream bite from getting as good as it should be, but with the full moon on the 10th he expects a lot of fish to move up shallow to spawn. Even after the bedding ends this is the time to prowl the banks and cast crickets and worms to shallow cover.
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bass fishing activity is light to non-existent on the Santee Cooper lakes right now. If anglers are willing to put in a lot of time fish may be catchable around cypress trees, but there is no easy pattern right now. Many fish are probably out deeper following bait schools where they are more difficult to target. In the Santee and Cooper Rivers there is better bass fishing right now.
Recent increase in inflow into the system could put catfish on the move and improve fishing – especially in Lake Marion. The best chances for success will be fishing at anchor at night in 4-10 feet of water, and even during some daylight periods. Prospecting is required since the bite is far from fast. Drifting a range of depths both day and night may help locate feeding blue catfish, or a channel catfish or a faithead. Baitfish are scattered in both deep and shallow water. Best bait options will be fresh cut herring, shad, white perch, or other fresh cut fish. Channel catfish can still be caught with commercially prepared baits, particularly at night.
Striped Bass: Closed
Striped bass fishing is closed until Oct 1
In Santee Cooper -From June 1st to September 30th, it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or to possess striped bass. Striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came.
Up to date fishing information for freshwater fishing in lakes Jocassee, Keowee, Hartwell, Russell, Thurmond, Wylie, Greenwood, Monticello, Wateree & Murray.
Winter is prime time to catch a giant blue catfish. "Big blues actually become more aggressive once the water temperature dips below 40 degrees," says Jim Moyer, a veteran guide from Clarksville, Tenn., who has bagged cats close to 80 pounds during winter. "I've had fast action on monster blues in water as cold as 35 degrees." Here's his plan:
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature....
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