Crappie, bream hot ticket for Santee Cooper Lakes fishermen | Tideline Magazine
Panfish are not the most glamorous species caught by anglers setting their lines in the famous Santee Cooper Lakes – Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie – where anglers come from across the country to catch striped bass, fish. -cat and largemouth bass.
But crappie and bream are strong producers during the heat of summer, says Joe Dennis of Captain J Hook Charters (843-245-3762). His clients caught a lot of crappies and bream. Dennis, who also guides the saltwater species, co-hosts Father and Son Outdoors TV with Whitey Outlaw (Sundays at 11:30 am on WCBD and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm on streaming Pursuit Channel).
The program (fatherandsonoutdoorstv.com) supports the U.S. military by taking military children on outdoor adventures while one of the parents is deployed overseas.
“Right now the shits are back on the brush scene,” Dennis said. “On the top of Lake Marion, crappies do well in 10 to 15 feet of brush. On Moultrie, crappies stop off on brush that is in 20 to 28 feet of water.
Dennis said the Marion Lake crappie can be found from the bottom to the top of sunken brush piles. On sunny days, he said more fish would be found in the brush while on cloudier days, the fish would be scattered around the brush piles.
He fishes for crappie using ultra-light 7ft Catch the Fever rods designed by Outlaw with a 4 to 6 pound Slime line and Rockport Rattler jigs.
“The best stencil colors have been chartreuse, orange and glow. We use Charlie Brewer Slider plastics in a variety of colors. The darker the water, the darker the bait and the clearer the water, the lighter the water. “The bait is light. We also use minnows on the jig heads,” Dennis said.
There is a minimum size of 8 inches and a daily creel limit of 20 fish for black and white crappies found in Santee Cooper Lakes. The state record for white sunfish is 5 pounds, 1 ounce while the black sunfish record weighed 5-0.
A variety of species fall under the bream category, Dennis said, including copper heads, crackers, redbreasts, warmouths (also known as mollys), and hybrid bream which can grow very large.
For bream, Dennis said he fished either a cork or fish cork or crickets in a line tight on the structure.
“When the bream is on top of the brush, we line up tightly with a # 4 wire hook and just enough weight to hold the bait down,” Dennis said. “If I fish in shallower water I will cast small Betts plugs, either a plug or a peg plug. You are fishing in 3 to 5 feet of water with crickets. I will use the same rod and reel rig. and I’m going to use the trolling motor and brush cast so as not to scare them off. “
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