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Lake Moultrie Or Marion Tips Or Advice Needed

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I searched the previous posts and was unable to find any pertinent information on fishing the Santee Cooper lake system, specifically Marion and Moultrie. Is there anyone on here with any knowledge they would be willing to share? I'm heading down that way in mid-March for a couple tournaments and just wanted some good tips, not anyone's specific secret location.

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Our club went around that time last year and we had a miserable weekend, rained on us the whole time.  We were having luck though with trick worms and senkos way back up in the cypress trees.  We also threw frogs as that place is matted grass and pad heaven on moultrie. Just be careful running those lakes they are covered in stumps that are just waiting to take a lower unit.  Good luck.

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Chuck, I fished Santee Cooper from a bass boat, two years ago.  I would not fish there from a kayak.  Huge alligators everywhere.  Hit me up, and I'll tell you a story, lol.

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I usually fish Santee in March and try to time it with spawning activity. Senkos seem to work really well that time of year. Last year, we took some big fish on topwater baits in the grass.

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Thanks for the replies - I am fishing a couple of 2-day tournaments there, so the choice of location or date is not my doing as they are already set in stone. With my tournament win last May, I earned the first invitation spot in the 1st Annual Kayak Bass Fishing Invitational and earned a spot in the 1st KBF Open. John, I'll hit you up via phone this evening to chat.

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I'd be interested in hearing thoughts on this as well as your success after your tournaments. I've got a friend that fishes there on occasion as he lives nearby, I'll give him a holler later and see what he says. I've been wanting to get down there and fish Moultrie & Marion for awhile now, but I just haven't been able to do it yet. Hopefully this spring.

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I do not know the format for that type of tournament but if you can fish anywhere on the lake I would suggest the fish hatchery. It is a well defined large area that was a fish hatchery but the gates are open now(and have been for decades).  You can locate it on the maps. It is a spawning area and you can find fish going to and from spawning.  It is somewhat protected from the wind which usually blows hard in March. It is also full of big gators, so be careful. You can't avoid snakes and gators anywhere on those lakes that I know of, they are everywhere.

PS If you can launch anywhere there is a very good launch in the hatchery and it is not heavily used. I can provide more detailed info if you want  about the hatchery in March, let me know.....................Al

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The format of the event will have designated launch sites and I believe that the fish format will be the best two fish in total length for day 1 then the top 10 will move on to the next day but the individuals that didn't make the cut can still fish for 11-20th place prizes. Field size is capped at 50 for the Open. The invitational is locked based upon qualifications from 2012 events hence where I earned my invite for both.

The Open tournament captain's meeting and weigh-in will be based out of Blacks Camp and the Invitational will be held at the private waters of VIP Adventures in Summerville.

Any and all information is greatly appreciated, since I will not have any chance to pre-fish either location prior to the event themselves.

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I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Black's Camp if you're staying there.  Great people, reasonable places, and a great location.

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I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Black's Camp if you're staying there.  Great people, reasonable places, and a great location.

I have never stayed at Black's but I have launched and ate there. The food was very good and the folks are very, very nice. Everyone in that area of South Carolina seem to be very nice.............Al

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Even if the food wasn't good, it's worth it to hang out with catfish guys in the morning.

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Even if the food wasn't good, it's worth it to hang out with catfish guys in the morning.

 They live and breathe catfish down there. The locals don't care much for bass, only catfish and stripers................Al

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