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The Santee Cooper lake system consists of two lakes, Marion 110,600 acres and Moultrie 60,400 acres. These two lakes are joined by the 6.5 mile Diversion Canal. These world-class fishing lakes were created from 1939-42 for a hydroelectric project by the S.C. Public Service Authority, commonly known as "Santee Cooper" because of the two river systems the project connected. At the present time these lakes hold a world record Channel Catfish (58 Ibs) and a Warmouth weighing 2.2 Ibs was caught in a creek a few miles from lake Marion. These lakes held the record for striped bass until 1977, its weight was 55 Ibs. State records held are: Shell Cracker (World Record at 5.79 lbs), Largemouth Bass (16.2 Ibs), Black Crappie (5 Ibs), Chain (Jack) (6.4 Ibs), Channel Catfish (58 Ib.), Arkansas Blue (109.4 Ibs) The Santee Cooper Lakes vary from shallow swamps and blackwater ponds to vast open water with a multitude of underwater structures. Lake Marion was not completely cleared, as a result, fishermen will find there are thousands upon thousands of stumps, standing dead tree trunks and live cypress trees. Lake Moultrie is more open and is 14 miles across at its widest point. These lakes do not ice over during the winter and there is no closed season for fishing season. Weather permitting, fishermen can fish year round.

 

What to bring with you

The only supplies we suggest you bring are your South Carolina fishing license, camera, cooler with drinks and food, cream sunscreen, (NO SPRAY SUNSCREEN PLEASE it gets on everything including the bait)and appropriate clothing to keep you dry and comfortable.You will need at least a 48 qt. cooler to take your cleaned fish home. Below is a listing of Santee Lodging. Just give us a call and we can tailor you next fishing adventure to meet you needs. Beer can not be purchased on Sunday except in North Charleston. So plan ahead and purchase on Saturday!

You can bring your Beer, bring your Booze but leave your Crack at home. So if your pants aren't up to your waist you won't be allowed to board! We will not look at you underwear or your butt all day. Besides you can't catch a cat if you have to hold your pants up with one hand. Don't forget to also leave the Bananas at home!

CCW welcome if your not drinking. You don't have to leave it in your car. I don't leave mine!

Increase your fishing time, please purchase your fishing License prior to the morning of the trip!

 

No Bad Luck

Bananas

 Allowed On Board !

Bananas have been considered bad luck on board vessels since the early 18th centry. They caused the fresh fruit to spoil quickly so the sailers got scurvy. Bananas in the cargo holes would cause the bottom of the boat to decay, causing the ship to sink. Bugs, spiders and snakes came aboard with the boxes of bananas, so it was very bad luck to ship out on a banana boat! Fishing is fishing and we all need all the good luck we can get!

There are many stories why bananas have been thought of as bad luck on boats.  This is only one of the nautical superstitions that I know of and is particularly prevalent amongst watermen.  Many stories have banana oil rubbing off on ones hands and “spooking" the fish; therefore the fish don't bite.  There is always the story of a crew member slipping on the banana peel left on the deck.  Some say that bananas give you the runs so you are always in the marine head and can't catch fish because you are busy "draining the pipes".  Many other stories are told about bad luck and bananas, however the one that I find most plausible is a historical one.

Back in the days of the transatlantic crossings by wooden sailing ships many hazards would befall the captains, crew and passengers. Disease, pirates, shipwrecks, storms, etc., claimed the lives of a good percentage of the captains, crew and passengers attempting the dangerous voyage.  Needless to say, a transatlantic crossing in the 17th and 18th centuries was a very risky endeavor.  Often the vessels would stop along the way in tropical islands to gather provisions such as food and water.  There the passengers and crew would often purchase wooden crates of bananas from the locals and bring them aboard the ship.  These crates would have all manner of critters in them such as bugs, spiders, vermin and snakes.

These critters would make their way into the bilges of the ships, multiply, and then find their way into the captain's quarters.  The captains circulated the rumor that bananas were bad luck in an attempt to keep the critters off the ship and out of their cabin.  The crew and passengers were more than eager to follow suit because of the inherent risk of the crossing.  So, if the captain announced prior to the voyage that bananas were bad luck and not allowed aboard the vessel, everyone complied.  You must remember that these were the days of burning witches and the like, so superstitions were taken very seriously.

Watermen are a mysterious lot.  While we are known for our simple pragmatism, we also have many odd quirks.  Superstitions have been prevalent on almost every vessel I have worked on.  I feel that this is due to the nature of a waterman in that he sees the randomness of the world around him juxtaposed with the rhythmic, seasonal flows of nature and then tries to reconcile these observations into some sort of personal and/or environmental order.  As Stevie Wonder (a blind man) pointed out so eloquently: "When you believe in things you can't understand, that's superstition".

 

2016-2017

 Fishing Licenses

Nonresident
Annual Freshwater Fishing License required for all freshwater.
Fee is $35.00


Nonresident 14 Day Freshwater Fishing License. Fee is $11.00

Call  the DNR at 1-866-714-3611 for Licenses over the Phone 

or

Click below for

On Line fishing licenses purchase 

SC DNR on line Regulations

 

Past Big Fish Winners

2008 Trip won by Ken Bates from Gibbstown NJ. with this huge 53lbs 10oz. Flathead

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2009 Trip won by Tom Brower from Columbia SC. Tom win's the prize for a free 2009 fishing trip with this nice Flathead that weighed in at 42 lb.s and 4 oz.

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2010 Trip Won by David Tanner from Gainsville Ga. holds big fish with a real PIG Blue at 57.56 lbs. caught 6-14-09 with Capt. Barb (aka Mouse) on Lake Moultrie. Img54.png

2011 Trip won by Carl Cook from Viginia  with this 54.6 lb. Flathead caught 4-20-10. on Lake Moultrie.

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2012 Trip won by  Ab Kappler from Florence SC. with a 53.16 lb Blue Cat caught on 10-12-11 with Capts. Boudreaux and Mouse.

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 George Post from Fayetteville NC.  won the  2013 Trip. George landed this Pig 56.60 lb Blue Cat on     9-24-12 

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Gage Bishop from Campobello SC. has won the 2014 trip with this nice 55 lb. Flathead caught on

6-14-13

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Greg Meadows from Hartsville SC. Won the 2015 trip with this pig 54.2 lb. Blue caught on 4-24-2014. Just minutes later he boated and released a 48 lb. Blue.

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Shelby Faulkner here with her Dad Scott has won the 2016 trip with this nice 51 lb. 8 oz. Blue caught on Nov. 27th. 2015. Will she bring her Dad?

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David Godfrey from Cherryville NC. caught this Pig 50.5 Lb Blue and won the 2017 trip on 4-19-2016.

He is not holding the fish up its on a scale 

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Kurt Watson from Ontario Canada holds the lead for now with this nice 41.2 lb. Blue caught on 3-17-2017

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Land a free  fishing charter for 2018

By catching the largest catfish in 2017 with Santee Cajunguide Service.

 Its this simple, for example if you book a party of 2 and catch the biggest catfish in 2017 you win a free Booking for 2 in 2018.  If you book a party of 6 and catch the big fish you win a free Booking for 6 in 2018. Some one is going to win a free fishing trip this year. Just weigh your biggest fish, no strings attached. Sorry we must limit to 6 people. We will weigh your fish at the end of the day and keep a picture, your name and fish weight posted here. To be elegible your booking must be full day with no discounts. Free trip must be redeemed within the next calender year!

  We are located only 4 miles from any of the Motels and Marinas below, so we are easy to find!

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Mill Creek Marina and Camp Ground is located just 4 miles east on Hwy 6 with motel rooms, tackle and great food. 803-492-7746

Hotels and Motels in Santee (area code 803)

Whitten Inn****

Click on Whitten Inn to visit their web site
Make sure you tell them your fishing with us!
Reservations: 888-726-8337 or 803-854-2191
Address: 123 Mall Street, Santee, SC 29142
Clark’s Inn…..854-2141***
Holiday Inn…854-2121 ***
Hampton Inn...854-2444***
Click on Santee state park to go to web site
854-3034 water front cabins and camping
 
803-478-6336
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Cabins for Rent

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Click on the Bell to visit their web site

Bells Marina and Camp Ground is located just 6 miles east on Hwy 6 with motel rooms, tackle and great food. 803-492-7924

Spring of 08 caught up  with  Capt. Boudreaux (AKA) The Ninja Computer Guru. Caught here asleep at the key board just trying to keep our web site current. sleeptime.png

E-mail  cajunguide@earthlink.net

THIS WEBSITE WAS DESIGNED, BUILT, AND  CURRENTLY MAINTAINED BY CAPT. NATHAN WITHERELL  
SANTEE CAJUN GUIDE SERVICE