The excellent fishing out of the Delacroix marsh continues. The weather this weekend was perfect and the fishing conditions were almost ideal. The area was crowded with boats as a result, but there were plenty of fish to go around. We targeted our fish in the interior marsh less than 15 minutes from the launch. The outside islands and rigs are holding fish, but it is hard to ride past limits of 14-20″ trout. The inside areas are the same old winter time holes. Our fish came out of 22 feet of water and they were holding tight to the bottom. The fish wanted live cocahoes and artificial cocahoes in smoke with a red tail. The live minnows were presented on a carolina rig with a 3/8 ounce egg sinker. The artificial lures were fished on 3/8 ounce jigheads and outfished the live bait hands down. The trout were very subtle in their bite and it required excellent touch to feel the strike. Most strikes were not detected, but a slight pressure difference in the line tension was the tip off. The fish were using their stregnth to maintain position in the strong tidal currents and were picking up the bait, but not moving with it. The majority of the trout were female and had eggs close to dropping. These fish will have to move soon to spawn, but we will stay on the pattern until they do. You fishermen with small boats or if it is too rough for outside don’t forget about the inside fishing areas because they are still holding plenty of trout. It looks like the winds are to pick up over the next few days which may dirty up the water a bit. Good luck out there this week!
Captain Jeff J. Dauzat