Testone Catfish Charters
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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
Fishing Report
Updated - 6/21/2014
Bream & Crappie:  Fair
Crappie: The up-and-down water temperatures have kept the fish from really ganging up on the brushpiles yet, although around the right brush his boat has been catching solid numbers of crappie on some trips.  For now look for fish over the top of brush in 12-18 feet of water, and expect the bite to get better as water conditions stabilize.  Minnows are the best bet.  DHEC fish advisories: Largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) should only be eaten once per week.

Bream: Everything with bream this time of year is water temperature (and moon phase) dependent, and because water temperatures recently dropped 6-8 degrees the season was delayed.  A few shellcracker are up shallow, but the majority of the shellcracker and almost all of the bluegill are out a little deeper.  Some fish are holding in ditches and around humps, and others are around brushpiles suspended about 10 feet down in 20 feet of water.  Fish should move up to spawn very, very soon – expect a good wave around the next new moon on May 28 if not before.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair - Good
Bass have concluded the spawn, but they have not moved into a true summer pattern yet.  For now the best pattern is to fish around the cypress trees with soft plastics, although the influx of freshwater slowed down this bite.  The tree bite has been a little better in Lake Marion (home to more cypress trees) than Moultrie.

Catfish:  Good
The bite has been somewhat inconsistent for the past couple of weeks.  Shallow areas have produced fish in parts of both lake, particularly wind blown shallow areas, but the shallow areas have not been quite as good as expected for this time of year both during the day and at night.   Jim has had better luck drift fishing with cut bait in 24-28 feet of water, and there have also been some good reports anchoring along the edge of the river channel in the upper lake at about the same depth.

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.

Fishing reports for other lakes around South Carolina
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Trout Fishing in South Carolina
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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