Elloree, SC (WLTX) -- The Santee River is a popular spot for boating and fishing. But, one resident hasn't been having much luck doing either.
Since P.L. Evans was 9-years-old, boating and fishing on the Santee River is a frequent activity.
"About twice a week. And sometimes on the weekends, two or three times," Evans said.
But for the past year a half, the Santee has been looking more and more like the Florida Everglades with chunks of the river covered in weeds.
"You can't get to where the fish are at, if you get your boat hung up on it you're just stuck for a while and you can't get off of it," he said.
Evans has had to turn into a modern day MacGyver to get the plants from around his dock and boathouse.
"I've built a rake to hook behind the boat and I just pull it from around my dock," Evans said.
He said it can take him hours to clear the weeds, but the wind normally messes up all his hard work.
"It's blowing from the open water, it blows them out the woods and over here around the dock," he said.
But even with his trusty rake, he feels like there probably isn't much of a permanent solution.
"There's not much anybody can do with it. only thing we can try to do is keep it pulled out from our docks but that doesn't help us with the fishing department," he said.
Until the weeds move out of his prime fishing spots, Evans might have to go fish elsewhere.