PROSPERITY — South Carolina native Daniel Howell is dialed in. Born and raised on Lake Murray, he has found success on a variety of fisheries this season.
He’s been so good in fact, that he’s started his season off on a bank run that would make Wall Street jealous. Going back to February, Howell has cashed 8 checks in a row.
Palmetto Bass asked Howell, who remodels by trade, to share some insight about what he’s been doing to break down the bass. One might expect tight lips from an angler with such a hot stick right now, but Howell was humble and courteous with his response. Here’s a quick look at how he’s gotten the job done:
PB: What tournament trails are you fishing?
DH: I like to fish the trails with big payouts. I’m also fishing all the (Wal-Mart) BFL’s too. I’m currently in 5th place in points. The guys that taught me were the big sticks in the area, and they always liked to hop around and chase the money, so I grew up on that.
PB: What have been some of your highlights so far this year?
DH: I cashed eight checks in a row, going back to February.
PB: What were some of your finishes along the way?
DH:I was 9th at the Fishers of Men (19 lbs), 4th at the BFL on Santee (21 lbs), 1st in CATT Gold on Santee (32 lbs), and 1st in the Creekside Bassmasters’ Spring Fling on Santee (29 lbs).
PB: So, you like Santee huh?
DH: I was born and raised on Murray, but Santee is my favorite because the fish are so big. I like most of the lakes in South Carolina, I’m just not a big fan of the real clear lakes.
PB: So what’s your secret?
DH: Lots of flipping for pre-spawn bass. A lot of trees and counting on frogs to get that big bite. I got lucky and found some nice ones on the bed, but I’ve just happened to be in the right places at the right time.
PB: What were you flipping?
DH: I flip a big ½ oz. jig with a big beaver trailer. I get about 20-25 bites per day. I lay down at night and sometimes I feel like I’m still flipping, going through the motions, haha.
PB: Do you use any particular setup?
DH: I use a 7’6” heavy, one of the old carrot sticks that are discontinued, and a Diawa Zillion Type-R reel, 7.3:1. Sometimes I’ll use a Revo reel, 8:1.
PB: Do you have any advice for someone new to Santee Cooper?
DH: Big baits equal big bites.
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