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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 - 1/20/2015
Bream & Crappie: Good - Fair
Crappie: Anglers are not catching a ton of crappie, but they are catching some very nice 3 plus pound fish right now. Fish are scattered around brush in 26-40 feet of water, and they can be caught from the top of the brush to the bottom on minnows. The lower lake has been producing much better than the upper lake right now. Before the extreme cold surface temperatures were still in the low 50s, but if they drop below about 45 then a shad kill is likely and the crappie bite will slow down. If that does not happen then the brush pattern could remain pretty stable through the end of February.
Bream: Bluegill remain bunched up around brushpiles and they will still bite. He has been catching bream around the same brush where the crappie are found, usually on the deeper sides. Steve has found that through the winter it is also possible to go out to deep drops in 30-45 feet of water and fish a drop shot rig with a cricket, so the fish never really seem to stop biting.
Largemouth Bass: Fair
There continue to be some nice bass caught shallow on spinnerbaits and slow-moving crankbaits, but on the other end of the spectrum his boat recently caught a 9 ½ pound fish on a jigging spoon in 35 feet of water. The cold spell may knock out the shallow bite temporarily, but after a few warm days fish should be up shallow where they will eat a slow-moving crankbait again soon.
Blue catfish are showing up where they are expected to be in the cold season. Many of the fish are concentrated around schools of bait, which on the lower end of Lake Marion will typically be in 30 plus feet of water and along the old river channel in 35-45 feet of water. On the lower end of Lake Moultrie this will be in 40-60 feet of water, although in both lakes at times bait may migrate or be wind-blown into shallower areas. Threadfin shad in particular are very temperature-sensitive and so they will seek out very slight temperature differentials to stay warm. Fishing suspended cut baits, drifting or flat-lining around bait schools should produce, but it’s also worth anchoring shallow in a few, select areas particularly in Lake Marion. These spots will be in 4-10 feet of water on humps or just off cypress and gum trees. Finally, don’t be afraid to look very shallow if wind blows bait schools into shallow flats.
Striped Bass: Fair
There has been some success on the lower end of Lake Moultrie fishing in or near schools of bait, which will typically be found in 40-60 feet of water. Fishing live bait, jigging spoons and trolling are all effective.
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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