This might be one of the biggest crappie caught in South Carolina for a while!
Anywhere you look, four-pound crappie are hard to come by. However, there are an abundance of crappies caught in South Carolina that push that mark more regularly than not. Santee Cooper may get most of the attention for the home of the biggest crappie in the state, but it was the Santee river that was home to this recent fat crappie.
Jeff Sanford was fishing with guide Joe Dennis of J Hook Charters when the big fish sucked down a 1/16-ounce chartreuse jighead tipped with minnow. It may sound strange to those that know, but fishing the river this time of year is a little out of place. However, the flooding was down more than normal so Dennis decided to give it a shot.
“It doesn’t flood every year, but when it does, the fish bite,” Dennis said. “In the river, we’re fishing debris and log jams caught on the bottom from the flood. Crappie love to stay in and around that cover. I’m also looking for deeper water that’s got a standing treetop in it, not horizontal, but vertical. Deep water with big trees by it can be a good place too. They’ll have roots going out into the river that are exposed by erosion.”
This personal record crappie for Sanford came in 24 feet of water, just off the bottom.
“He couldn’t believe how big it was. I had promised him a 3 pounder, so when it came up and rolled, I told him that he had a 3-pounder plus,” said Dennis. “When we got him in, he was amazed. It tipped the scales right at 4 pounds. About 30 minutes later, my other client, Max Goodson, caught a 3 ½-pounder”.
Now that is a good day of fishing!