Testone Catfish Charters
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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
Fishing Report
Updated - 4/18/2015
Lake Marion is at 75.6, just over a foot below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 75.3, a couple of inches below full pool.

Bream & Crappie:  Good
Crappie: Crappie fishing remains strong on both lakes, and his boat has been catching 50-60 fish per day. While basically all of the fish appear to be post-spawn, not all of the fish have left shallow water yet. However, fishing brush in 7-20 feet of water has been most productive.

Bream:  As water temperatures warm up again they will move shallow again, and the best bet is to look for fish around shallow cover in 1 ½ – 4 feet of water. They won’t always be looking for sand and sometimes the fish will be spawning in the middle of lily pads or other cover. Bluegills are in the shallow brushpiles waiting for the next full moon to move up and spawn.

Largemouth Bass:  Good
Most fish have already spawned but some are still spawning, and there should be another spawning wave on the next full moon in May. Most fishing activity is in less than 6 feet of water right now, and there should be good numbers of fish up shallow through June. Soft plastics, topwater lures and frogs will all catch fish.

Catfish:  Fair
Catfishing has picked up a bit drifting with cut bait in deep water, but the fish remains pretty slow in the shallows – particularly on the upper end of Lake Marion.

Striped Bass: Good
The spawn is underway and striper fishing is good in the river, on the flats and on the upper end of Lake Marion out of Pack’s Landing. This area should continue to produce through May, with cut and live bait both working. More keeper-sized 26- plus inch fish have been caught recently.

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