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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 - 3/25/2015
Lake Marion is at 75.2, about a foot and a half below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 75.0, about six inches below full pool. Water temperatures are climbing fast.
Bream & Crappie: Good
Crappie: Crappie have moved up shallow into the backs of creeks, and they can be caught around the edges in 3-8 feet of water. The best advice is to anchor and then cast jigs and minnows towards the target depth range.
Bream: For now bream are still out deeper in 15-20 feet of water around brush. They will take crickets.
Shad/ herring: Good.
There has been a very good recreational shad and herring fishery in the rivers this year. Water flow though the dams at St. Stephens and Jeffries is critical to keep the fish oriented to the current and striking Sabiki rigs and small jigs/ grubs.
Largemouth Bass: Good
Rapid rise in water temperatures has quickly improved bass fishing on the lakes, and fish are properly in pre-spawn mode. Steve suspects that in the blackwater ponds there are even a few fish already fanning beds, but he has not seen them. Fishing worm and Senkos in 3-6 feet of water in the very backs is the best bet, and as always at this time of year anglers should be cognizant of spawning areas and fish the places that lead to them.
Catfishing remains slow to fair. While there has been some improved shallow water fishing recently, weather has still been an issue for lots of people who have remained on dry land. For now catfish can be found both deep and shallow, with anchoring the best bet for success. Also try fishing for cats around suspended bait in deep water, or in wind-blown shallow areas.
Striped Bass: Fair
The target depth range is shallow out to about 30 feet of water, and dragging herring on free-lines (and planer boards) has been most productive. There has also been some schooling activity, and contrary to conventional wisdom the best schooling action has come on sunny days. Keep your eyes open for the birds which will tell you everything you need to know about where the fish are located.
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