Hill Guide Services
CHARTER CATFISHING TRIPS ON SANTEE COOPER LAKES & RIVERS
Captain John Gary Hill, USCG licensed Fishing Guide
704-739-7838 or 843-351-4928
Hill Guide Services, Captain John Gary Hill, 704-739-7838 or 843-351-4928 more than 29 years of fishing experience, USCG Fishing Guide offering year round charter catfishing trips on the Santee Cooper Lakes and rivers in South Carolina. Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion, Diversion Canal, Re-Diversion Canal and the Congaree, Wateree, and Santee Rivers. We fish year round day and night trips. Fishing times vary with season and conditions. Right now our Summer fishing trends are starting. Summer fishing water conditions bring hotter water around 70-90 degrees: Fishing is reliable at this time. Day time trips are hot but very productive. Night fishing is my preference as it is cooler, but we have thunderstorms and lots of bugs to deal with. Most big fish caught at this time are caught at night. Summer fishing is June, July and August. if you like fast action come on down August-September and try catalpa worms and grasshoppers fishing in Diversion Canal at night. This fishing will fill the freezer with 5-15lb fish.
Contact me today for summer fishing dates and the latest fishing report- night trip availability dates are limited. 704-739-7838 or 843-351-4928.
Summer Fishing is bringing in good catches. Our 30 ft Crest HP tri-toon has a permanent 12 ft. top with enclosure for your fishing comfort and a Restroom. We are catching some very heavy fish and have good numbers of quality fish. Even though the weather can be sporadic during this time of year, my 29 years plus of fishing experience has taught me how to predict the fish patterns to put you on quantity of fish and quality fish. Some of the best fishing days all year are during this period. Left is Wayne and Deanne Burgess from Spartanburg, SC who caught 22 catfish that weighed in 250 lbs.
Our fishing charter includes 8 hours on water, rods, reels, bait, and tackle, fuel and guide services. Our rates are competitive with other charter guides. Fish cleaning and packing are available but not included in rates. If you plan to take fish home whole bring a 120-150 qt cooler for transporting them. Shown right is a Paul Howell group fishing party from Winston- Salem, NC that caught 31 catfish weighing 270 lbs. of catfish.
You will need to provide your fishing license to fish, clothing and rain gear for the season, drinks, and snacks for a day of fishing. You can get your fishing licenses when you get here.
I can also help you with information about the Santee Cooper lakes area in Friends Links .
My fishing style and philosophy go something like this: I believe fresh bait is the key to consistency catching fish in all fishing situations. I like to keep my baits alive until they are ready to put on a hook. catching bait is not part of your fishing trip. I will have what I think is the most productive bait for the season on the boats when you board. I like perch, bream, mullet, herring, shad, catalpa worms and grasshoppers as my primary baits but I am always open to try other things that work.
A majority of my fishing is drifting to catch the big catfish so that's why we fish from our 30 ft Crest HP tri-toon when we fish the open waters of Santee, the Diversion Canal, or the Re-diversion Canal.
At times of the year when catfishing the Congaree, Wateree, and Santee rivers are productive, we will catfish from a 20 ft Sea- Ark Jet super jon boat.
We are handicap accessible. If you have a special need for your fishing trip please call me and I will try to work out whatever is necessary to make you and your party comfortable. Ladies and young people are always welcome.
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Intoxication can not be tolerated. You fish at your own risk.
Hill Guide Services
Captain John Gary Hill
721 Sparrow Springs Rd.
Kings Mtn., North Carolina 28086
704=739-7838 or 843-351-4928
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