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  • Sparkleberry Swamp Fishing

    Bluegill and crappie are both on the menu in Sparkleberry Swamp, especially in the Dead Lake area. Fishing along the outer row of cypress knees with crickets is doing a number of the bream, and live minnows are the ticket for crappie.

    Sumter's Ken Nutter loves fishing this part of Lake Santee during this time of year, and has a method for picking up panfish of both species.

    'I start off with probing those cypress knees for crappie with live minnows. I fish until the crappie stop biting, then I start fishing with crickets for bluegill. I'll catch bluegill right where I've been catching crappie,' Nutter said.

    Live bait isn't the only game in town though. Nutter like to throw Beetlespins and tiny crankbaits like Rebel Teeny Wee Craws when he has a clear lane to cast. This results in a mixed bag of bream, crappie, and the occasional largemouth bass.

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter