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Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Report

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From Sunrise to Sunset fishing is always and adventure with

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Santee Cajun Guide Service


True Fishing Humor

A lady from South Jersey on Capt. Boudreaux's boat one April day and was fighting a good fish for a while when the hook pulled out. She then continued to reel the line in. When Boudreaux pointed at a snail on the point of the hook (the reason the fish was lost) she sighed and said to him "I can't believe a snail pulled that hard". 

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Yes Nancy those little boogers can put up a fight!

Click here for the current NOAA weather on the Santee Cooper Lakes 

  How high's the water Mama

Click here for the current USGS Lake Marion Level report

 

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Santee Cooper Fishing Report

 Updated 

July-24-2014

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Jon Haigler and Benny Guerrero caught these on lake Marion 7-22-14. The  bite is getting better each day. Benny came all the way from So. Cal. to catch his first Blue cat!

  Check out our Photo Gallery for more Fish Pictures 

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Anyone fishing the North side Federal Santuaries ( from Jacks Creek to Cuddo) must have a Permit, and abide by the new regulations. These permits can be obtained at no cost at the Indian mound park office! Most of these areas are closed to all fishing! Go to the Refuge web site at http://www.fws.gov/santee to see what is open

Catfish- The bite is getting better with each passing day. It's not up to pre spawn yet but it's much better. 

Crappie- Great on Lake Marion from 2 to 27 feet. If the front's will stop coming through. Remember the new size limit is 8" on Lakes Marion and Moultrie, with a limit of 20. Remember you can't use cut up Crappie for cat fish bait. No way to show the DNR it was over 8" long.  

 Rockfish- Striped bass- Season is Closed, Great to see some coming back. Getting caught keeping undersize Stripe Bass is like what they say about getting a DUI ticket. You can't afford it!

The Gov. signed a new law the states that you may not target Rockfish. Catch and release is over. Don't fish for them from June through September, or you stand a chance of getting a ticket. 

The DNR has finally started to stock Marion. The new Striped bass regulations include:
Reduction in creel limits from five to three
Increase in minimum size limit from 21 inches to 26 inches
Season restrictions for entire Santee Cooper system (lakes and rivers): no harvest/possession/Pursuit of Striped Bass  from June 1- September 30
Points system: increase to 14 points for violation
Striped bass must be taken to land with head and tail intact enabling enforcement officers to measure complete fish
 
Bream and Shellcracker-Good on Marion. Shellcrackers and other Bream being caught around the full Moon on beds!
Check out our Reel Results . You will see good days, bad days and even ugly days. If you see a blank board the customer paid nothing.  As Capt. Barb said one day "We're guides not God, and it ain't over to the fat lady sings , and see ain' t singing". We cannot forecast what the weather or the water conditions will be when you book . We can only rely on our experience and we will do our best to put you on fish even on the worst of conditions! Remember there are fisherman and then there's pole holders! We can only put you on the fish.

The customer must bring them to the landing net.

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SANTEE CAJUN GUIDE SERVICE