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Capt. Bill Saltzman

Brian Cope, Sumter South Carolina Field Reporter

I had the privilege of catfishing in the cold with Brian Cope, Sumter, South Carolina Field Reporter.

Catfishing in the Cold 
by Brian Cope, Sumter, South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter

About a month ago I asked Santee Fishing Guide Capt. Bill Saltzman for a fishing report. At the time, he said catfish of all sizes were biting good, but that the big catfish bite would really heat up once the water got below 60 degrees. He invited me to come along within the next few weeks, and I took him up on his offer.

The temperature was right, Capt. Bill said, for catching 40-lb class blue cats. He told me to be prepared to do battle with a big one, and he was right on the money, as a 40-pounder took a small chunk of cut shad as we drifted near Navy Point on Lake Moultrie in 52-feet of water.

We didn't catch huge numbers of fish, but what we did catch were quality blues with several 20+ pound fish to go along with the 40-pounder, with a couple of smaller fish mixed in.

It was a cold and brutal day, but Capt. Bill's pontoon boat is thankfully equipped with a curtain system that can get you out of the wind in between readying the rods and setting the hook. To get in on some trophy catfishing, don't wait for it to warm up, book a trip now while the big cats are biting. Give Capt. Bill a call at 803-524-1951.

Published December 11, 2010 on line at

by Brian Cope, Sumter, South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter.

If you would like to exchange links with Capt. Bill

Contact: Carole Hinten or 803-410-1174.

When you come fishing Santee Cooper Lakes we can help you make arrangements for accommodations or recommend other areas of interest. We suggest you support these businesses.

Capt. Bill Saltzman Resident Fishing Guide

Lake Marion Resort and Marina 

Santee, SC. 


Lake Marion Resort and Marina is located on the shores of the beautiful 110,000 acre Lake Marion in Santee, S.C. Some of the best fishing in the country is right here.

They have waterfront cabins, camping, and pontoon boats for rent. After filling the coolers with Santee Cooper Catfish, you can swim in the pool. 

Call Lake Marion Resort & Marina at 803-854-2136.
One and two bedroom rental cabins are available fully furnished. Campground with full hook ups (water, sewer, and electric.) 30 and 50 amp service. Nightly, weekly and monthly rates available. Boat slips rentals with and without power. Pontoon boat rentals, full day (8 hr) 1/2 day ( 4 hr) and 24 hr.

Canal Lakes Fish Camp located on the Diversion Canal in Cross. Canal Lakes offers accommodations and waterfront dining at MacDaddy's Restaurant. Home of the world record shellcracker and state record flathead catfish.

The Altenburgers, shown right , had a good catch fall fishing with Capt. Bill.  John Altenburger operates Sea Town Lake Murray. If you boat Lake Murray you need to have this. Find out more here:

Mill Creek Marina & Campground Vance, SC  is located on Lake Marion. Mill Creek offers, camping, motel, and waterfront restaurant and bar. On  recent trips we've been really having a good time and filling up the coolers!

Call Capt Bill Saltzman 803-524-1951.

Lake Marion Resort and Marina Amenities

*450 ft dock for fishing

*Bathhouse heated and air conditioned

*Swimming Pool

*Playground area

*Horse shoes

*Fish cleaning station

*Available at the office, ice, ice cream, candy, chips, soda, water, and limited fishing tackle supplies.

*Gas on site

*Grocery stores, Pharmacy & dining 2 miles. Three Moons on the Cove Restaurant is on site.

*Three championship golf courses within 3 miles.