My name is Lee Jackson and  I have fished the Santee Cooper lakes for over 40 years or as my mom says, " ever since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole".  I do it because I  LOVE CATFISHING, period!! Even though it is  classified as a job, I just enjoy being on the water.  It isn't unusual for us to catch a cooler full of catfish, watch multiple bald eagles throughout the day, and see a 8 or 10 ft. alligator on the way in.  How could you not enjoy that?  I don't care if I am out catching bait or watching my clients catch fish it is just something that I really am passionate about.  Fishing and hunting are about the only two things that I do outside of spending time with my family.  I am certified by the US Coast Guard to carry up to six people and I'm CPR and First Aid certified as well.  I am married with one apple of my eye (she is 21 yrs. old). My lifetime dream was to own a home on the Santee Cooper lakes so In 1997 my wife  and I purchased a home on lake Marion and we have lived here on the lake full time ever since.  The lake has gone through a lot of changes over the years but we still have one of the best catfish fisheries in the world!  Living on the lake full time offers several advantages as you can imagine even allowing me to operate my own bait house so we never have to worry about who has the freshest bait! If I'm not on the lake fishing, chances are that I am out catching bait, scout fishing, or hunting.  I just love being on the water and there is nothing that I would rather do than witness a child land the biggest fish of his or her  life.  I know first hand that those memories will last a lifetime!