Delacroix Report – 8/5/2016

The invasion of the little speckled trout is on. We have been seeing a lot of small trout over the last couple of weeks and it is getting to be more and smaller fish. The keeper to throwback ratio is close to 1 keeper for every 5 fish. It is fun catching fish, but my guests would also like to bring home a good mess of fish filets. My guests were able to get in an afternoon trip shortly after a heavy downpouring rain. The water was a little off, but fishable. We hit several good spots and found good moving water with a falling tide helped by brisk winds out of the west. We could not get a fish to take our offerings of live shrimp or artificial cocahoes. We kept hitting spot after spot until we found a decent bite at the mouth of a deep bayou where it pours into a small lake. We started picking up speckled trout in the 12-14″ class about 30 minutes before dark. We hit it hard right up until dark and worked for enough filets for a big dinner. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/30/2016

Perfect fishing weather for a usually hot summer. We got out early to the edge of Breton Sound and set up on an outer point. We had good incoming tide and light winds out of the Southwest. The speckled trout were hungry and we started filling the box on the first cast. The fish were smaller than usual 12-14″ and we had to throw a lot of small trout back this morning. The fish were hungry for live shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom and they ate up artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We continued to wade threw smalls to get a good box full and we decided to switch gears and head toward the Delacroix marsh for some redfish. We worked a windward bank that is lined with oysters and picked up a bunch of reds in the 20-24″ class. These fish wanted live shrimp 2 feet under a cork very close to the bank. We ended the day early and took it back to the boat slip before the rains started to build up around us. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/16/2016

Another awesome fish catching day in the Delacroix marsh! My guests were treated to light winds out of the Southeast which made for a gentle glide out to the catching grounds. We set up on a coastal bay point with good incoming tidal water moving past the point and into a deep bayou. The fish were staged on the flat adjacent to the point and in the deeper water downstream of the point. We worked live shrimp both Carolina rigged and 3 feet under corks – both worked well. We also caught a bunch on artificial cocahoes on jigheads and under corks worked up on the flat. Most of the trout were 14-18″ with a few throwbacks mixed in. We also caught some redfish, black drum, sheepshead and flounder to round out the ice chest. We had a 40lb jack cravelle come in and crash the live shrimp cork party. We actually landed this beast after a 30 minute fight and released it to fight another day. The good times continue and the fishing has really been good in spite of the weather over the last few weeks. The weather has somewhat stabilized and the Mississippi River has gone down so the rest of the summer is looking up! Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/9/2016

The speckled trout bite is still on! My guests were treated to a fantastic morning of trout catching. The winds were gentle out of the Southwest and the water was very low, but the fish were hungry. We hit a spot that had good incoming tidal movement and bait fish and shrimp jumping out of the water all around us. The action was fast and furious from the first cast. The trout were in the 13-18″ class with a good bit of too small throwbacks. The action faded as the tide slowed to a trickle and we headed to the dock early with an ice chest full. The fish wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads. The artificial out fished the live today by a long shot. The catching action should continue this week, but the weather may not cooperate with elevated rain chances all week. Good luck out there!

Delacroix Report – 7/7/2016

Excellent speckled trout fishing continues in the Delacroix Marsh! My guests were greeted with brisk winds out of the SW this morning. Usually a westerly wind is the kiss of death for fishing on the east side of the Mississippi river, but I found a spot where we were protected from the wind and the incoming tide set us up perfectly. The result was a full ice chest with fat trout in the 14-20″ class. These fish wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads slow rolled along the bottom. Most of the trout were caught in 8 feet of water, but some were pickup on the edge of the flat in 2 feet. The fish are on the edge of the big water right now and the action should continue until the next spawn is upon us. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/3/2016

Another day in paradise! We hit the edge of Breton Sound bright and early to find near perfect conditions. We found a spot that had deep water adjacent to an oyster lined flat. Shrimp were jumping out of the water everywhere and schools of speckled trout were on them quick. We got into a good bite on nice sized trout 14-16″ and really good eaters. The fish were aggressive and would maul anything we threw at them. We mostly used live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads. It did not matter, the bait was getting crushed. We had a box full of trout and my guests wanted to try for some redfish. I called in a buddy fishing nearby to work on the trout we were leaving biting. When he arrived and got on the “spot on the spot”, we headed further inside to get on some reds. We worked a shallow cove with a couple of small sloughs that lead into marsh ponds. The reds were stacked up in the mouths of the drains and we boxed them on live shrimp 2 feet under corks. The sky darkened and thunder boomers started to build up so we headed to the dock early. Another great day of fishing out of the Delacroix marsh. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/2/2016

Brisk west winds greeted my guests as we hit the big water of Breton Sound. The seas were only about 2 feet so no worries for the MAKO! We hit several submerged islands and reefs only to catch Gafftopsail-Hardhead catfish and sheepshead. Very disappointing because I have heard some good catching reports coming in from the outside. Time to regroup and we headed back to the edge of the Sound. We worked a marsh point adjacent to a deep bayou and found plenty of bait spraying everywhere. We set up to fish the flat in front of the boat and the deeper water in the back. Soon nice speckled trout in the 14-18″ class were hitting the ice chest. We had them going good on live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. Good fishing action continued, but it got real hot quick and by noon, we were cooked. We took it in early with a nice box of fish. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix report 5/25/2016

Good trip for speckled trout. The winds were kicking up out of the South East around 18 knots and we decided to stay inside the protection of the marsh. We worked areas where bayous and passes empty into lakes. The trout were staged up waiting for the incoming tide to wash bait out of the bayou. We worked for the trout and had to pick through many small trout to get a decent ice box full. The trout were hitting live shrimp 3 feet under corks and artificial cocahoes and shrimp slow twitched on the bottom. The trout were either obviously too small to keep or they were 14-20″ long. Lots of action and a very nice day to be on the water. Good luck out there this weekend?

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 5/15/2016

Another tough day out of the Delacroix marsh. My guests brought bananas aboard the boat and it went downhill from there. We were cursed! We hit spot after spot only to catch small trout. We could not get away from them. Most of the keepers that we hooked were lost at the side of the boat. At least it did not rain and the boat performed well! I guess you cannot kill them every time. The weather looks shaky for the upcoming week and I have had to reschedule trips due to the impending storms headed our way. I will be back at it toward the end of the week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 5/13/2016

The curse of the west wind strikes again! My guests were caught in the curse of the west wind today. The brisk wind had the water stained and significantly delayed the incoming tide. We hit a few falling tide spots and caught plenty of undersized speckled trout to keep a few. The fish were aggressive hitting the artificial cocahoes like they had not eaten in a while. The tide quit and we headed to a redfish spot to await the tidal turnaround. We caught 1 nice red, but they were not feeding in the slack water. We tried to wait out the tide, but it was taking forever to arrive. We decided to run outside to catch moving water which we found on the edge of the big water. We got into a good trout bite fishing plastics in 8 feet of water, but it did not last long. We decided to go back inside only to find that the area I wanted to fish was inundated with boats. People do not work on Fridays anymore? We found a good spot that was secluded and proceeded to get on the trout again, but they were mostly throwbacks. That was the story of the day, plenty of fish catching, but not as much fish keeping. Still great to be on the water and catching steady. The wind is to shift away from the West into the weekend and the good fishing should return. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff