There were three predominant patterns at Santee Cooper: Pitching wacky rigs to cypress trees, sight-fishing and the shad spawn. Yet, they weren’t the only patterns, as a couple locals managed to do plenty of damage with some locals-only offshore patterns at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division season finale presented by Power-Pole. With so many tactics in play, here’s a look at the best baits that helped the top 10 anglers.

1. Many anglers were focused on the cypress-tree bite, but none did it better than Bradford Beavers. His weapon of choice was a green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko. He also capitalized on a small shad-spawn pattern with a white ¼-ounce Eye Strike Texas Eye jig with a Keitech Swing Impact FAT trailer.

2. Local legend Lex Costas did a lot of what he does best, fishing deep current seams in the canal between lakes Marion and Moultrie. A white homemade hair jig that he’d swim and hop along the bottom (and get hung up and break off often) and a crankbait were his tools there. That said, he made a run at the victory Saturday by switching to dragging a green pumpkin Zoom Magnum Trick Worm around stumps and brush piles in 4-8 feet of water.


3. A small clump of trees in Moultrie have produced giant kickers Mike Watson for decades. They did again this event, as he skipped a wacky-rigged green-pumpkin Yamamoto Senko.

4. Joey Sabbagha committed himself to a shad-spawn pattern north of the Route 95 bridge with a Greenfish Tackle Swim Jig in Guntersville shad color with a Strike King Rage Swimmer trailer. He tossed the swim jig on a 7-foot, 3-inch Level Performance rod with 20-pound-test P-Line fluorocarbon. He also caught a few on day one on a BOOYAH Pad Crasher frog.

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