Delacroix Report 5/6/2016

Excellent fishing this weekend. The wind was brisk out of the Northeast, but it did not hamper our effort because we stayed inside the protection of the marsh. We worked deep holes and the adjacent oyster laden flats for speckled trout and redfish. We used live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads for the trout. The trout were finiky early on with a very slight bite. My guests were having a little trouble picking up the feel of the bite, but got used to it pretty quick. The action slowed and we decided to hit a redfish spot and caught a mess with dead shrimp on jigheads. We hit one more spot on the way in and finished up our trout on artificial cocahoes slow rolled off the bottom where a bayou drains into a lake. These fish were aggressive and would slam the bait. We were dou7ble and triple hooked up until we finished up. The action is really good right now and this appears to be a really good season. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 4/23/2016

Exceptional fishing this weekend out of the Delacroix marsh. My guests enjoyed relatively cool weather and an excellent speckled trout bite. Winds out of the North brought low humidity and the fish responded with aggressive feeding activity. We did not have to run very far as the fish are still in the inside marsh waters. The trout wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoe minnows on 1/4 ounce jigheads. The bite was aggressive so not many missed fish this weekend. The trout were in the 14 to 20″ class, nice eaters! There is still good saltwater in the inside despite the high Mississippi River. It looks to be a great season. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 1/8/2016

Foggy day today in the Delacroix marsh. Very difficult navigation when you cannot see the bow light on the boat. Thank goodness for advanced electronics! We hit a hole in a classic winter time hot spot – deep hole adjacent to an oyster lined flat and it was on from the first cast. We targeted speckled trout with Carolina rigged live shrimp and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig heads. The plastics spanked the live bait today hands down 3 to 1. The trout were in the 13-16″ class and had very few throwbacks. The fish are firmly in the winter pattern and easy limits should be the norm until an inevitable invasion of fresh water from an abnormally high Mississippi River impacts the marsh. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix report 8/22/2015

Well the trout have finally started to show on the outside. We got some decent weather to venture outside and it paid off. The water is clear and salty. We hit several submerged reefs with a gently falling tide. We set up upstream and tossed over the reef and the speckled trout and bull reds were there. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial shrimp on jigheads. We caught a few small croakers on the shrimp and used them wor live bait. Every croaker yielded a bull red in the 30-35 lb class. Too big to eat, but alot of fun to catch! The fishing should remain steady unbtil October, when they will start to migrate back inside. Good luck out there this wek!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/26/2015

Had a group of kids this morning and the stiff breeze out of the Northwest kept us in protected waters. We hit the same protected shoreline with adjacent oyster reef and proceeded to work on some redfish and black drum. We worked dead shrimp on plain jigheads along the bank to catch most of the fish. One lone trout fell victom to our offering of live shrimp carolina rigged in the deeper water. The redfish and black drum have been our go to fish of choice due to the rough weather the last few week. Hopefully, the weather will stabilize and allow us to get out into Breton Sound to catch more speckled trout. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 6/7/2015

Very little tidal movement as we hit the marsh this AM. We picked around catching a few trout and redfish here and there. Not great action, but good times when the water is not moving. The tide started to rise and the catching action picked up. We worked the mouth of a big lake with a bayou draining into it. We worked the lake with live shrimp 5 feet under corks and artificial cocahoes to pick up more trout. These were good trout in the 16″ class. We worked the same spot until the heat baked us into submission. Good action aftyer a slow start.

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report

Good fishing inside the Delacroix Marsh. Brisk winds out of the SE, rising tide and light rain greeted us as we approached the first spot. We set up on the egde of a deep drop off adjacent to a shallow flat. We picked up nice trout slow rolling plastics in the deep hole and plastics worked under a cork up on the flat. This actin should continue as the fish transition toward the outside looking for shrimp and baitfish. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Good Fishing Despite Heavy Rain

Good fishing today out deep in Breton Sound. The water is really nice on the outside and the fish are getting set up at the usual places.  The light winds and low seas this morning allowed us to go way outside with comfort. We arrived bright and early and found the first drop to be dead. A slight move found hungry trout waiting. These fish were nice 2-3 lbs. The fish wanted artificial cocahoes in smoke and strawberry colors. We tried live shrimp and croakers freelined, carolina rigged and under corks with no takers. This action continued until interrupted by a crew boat which shut us down. The next wellhead produced more trout in the same class. These fish also wanted artificial and would not touch live bait. The trout wanted the bait cast up current and slow rolled back to the boat. My guest gave me a work out with several rods bending at once. A big, fast moving rain storm was approaching and we made the decision to stay put instead of running for shelter. We caught fish until the heavy rain started which shut it down. The rain was surprisingly refreshing! Our next spot was another trout winner. These fish were a little larger up to 4 lbs. Artificial was once again king. We also picked up a couple of bull reds up to 18 lbs. This action slowed and we called it a day early. We saw a couple of flights of birds working in North Black Bay on the way back in. The weather looks good the upcoming weekend with good tidal ranges. Get out there and catch em!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Good Fishing in Inner Bayous

Good fishing today out of the Delacroix marsh. After yesterdays mid day outside goose egg and no tide scenario, my guests agreed to the inside tour. We worked inner bayous early with artificial only. We picked up several trout and reds. The fish wanted the bait presented up current on the bottom. The water dirtied with the incoming tide and we moved to several other spots picking up one or two. We made a move to the outer edge of the marsh and got into a good redfish and flounder bite. These fish were hanging around a point of a big outer cove. The reds were up to 31″. This action slowed and we headed to a spot where a bayou empties into an outer lake. The trout were ready and biting every cast. We caught fast and furious for over an hour before the action died. Unfortunately, these fish were small and only a fraction made the box. The action was still fun! Artificial cocahoes in smoke and alvacado did the damage. The fish are stacked up on the edge of the bay awaiting the spawn. The weather looks good for the upcoming week. Get out early to avoid the heat. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

 

High Winds make for a Rough Adventure

The high winds this morning made an outside run a rough adventure. My guest opted for the inside tour and were rewarded at our first stop at an inner lake. The spot produced a good number of quality trout 14-17″. We were fishing live cocahoes carolina rigged on the bottom in 12 feet of water. The tide was falling for a change and the steady action continued until the water stopped moving mid morning. We then headed toward the outside to catch the incoming tide and found a few fish along the Oak River cuts. The wind died down and we decided to try outside. Ventured way out into Breton Sound and found good water, but no tidal movement. Stopped at the bull red spot and got 2 breakoffs. Hit several rigs and wellheads on the way back in and registered a goose egg. Good water, but no movement. Headed back inside to find the tide rising nicely in the marsh – very strange. We hit an inner bayou and found trout, reds and drum waiting. The trout and reds wanted artificial cocahoes in smoke and alvacado colors. The trout were 13-16″ with a few throwbacks and the reds were 18-22″. The reds and drum also wanted live cocahoes under corks. A nice way to end the day! The forecast looks good for the rest of the weekend although it will be hot. Get out there early!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat