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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 - 2/22/2015
Lake Marion is at 74.5, 2.3 feet below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 74.6, .9 feet below full pool. Surface temperatures are below 50 degrees and so shad are stressed and/or dying.
Bream & Crappie: Fair - Good
Crappie: Crappie remain in deep water over brush piles, and he is catching fish 20-28 feet down over brush in 30-42 feet of water on minnows. Good electronics allow anglers to mark fish so that they can concentrate on the most productive brush.
Bream: Bluegill can be caught off the back of the same brush where it drops off into deeper water using a cricket fished on a drop-shot rig.
For both species the best bite by far has been in the lower lake and fishing in the upper lake has been tough.
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Overall bass fishing can be a little tough, but on sunny afternoons fish can move up shallower and become more active. Fishing crankbaits in 8-12 feet of water Steve caught six fish in the 3 – 6 ½ pound range recently under these conditions.
Catfishing has essentially been slow recently, and winds and weather have limited fishing on the lakes. Catfish can be found both deep and shallow right now, with anchoring the best bet for success. Try fishing for cats around suspended bait in deep water, or in wind-blown shallow areas. Catfish (and striper) may be keying on stressed or dying threadfin shad, and gulls will be feeding on dying shad across the system. When they are found in shallow water wading birds will be picking up shad on the surface. Catfish will rise to the surface to feed on these same baitfish, and even when this happens over deeper water fishing right under the surface can be effective. Note that mid-day fishing can be strong. Jim also reports that some fish have been caught up in the swamp/ river area at the top of Lake Marion, particularly when the water was first rising. Once water levels began to fall the bite also declined.
Striped Bass: Fair
Striper anglers should continue to follow the bait schools, as striper will be keying on stressed and dying threadfin shad with water temperatures below 50 degrees. Feeding gulls may give away the locations of the bait, and fishing live bait, trolling lures, or jigging spoons will all catch fish.
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