Good Fishing Despite the High Winds

Good fishing out of the Delacroix marsh in spite of the high winds. The tree tops whipping made it an easy call to avoid the big water this morning. My guests agreed and it was off to search the inner and middle bays and bayous for specks and reds. We were armed with live cocahoes and artificial cocahoes. Our first stop yielded a good mess of trout on the live cocahoes fished carolina rigged on the bottom. Our second stop was where an inner lake empties into Oak River. The specks were smaller, but both artificial and live produced eqaully well on the bottom. We hit a couple of other places along Oak River and each produced some trout, but no mother load. Our last spot was the best, yielding trout, a red and a flounder. All fish were caught on the bottom in 12-20 feet of water. The tide was incoming and the water inside is raelly nice right now. The early week looks good with the latter week looking hot with chances for rain. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

One Stop Shopping Fishing

Excellent fishing yesterday out of the Delacroix marsh. One stop shopping at the mouth of a shallow inside lake where a bayou empties in. The fish were active in both rising and falling tide situations. The water was very high due to the strong easterly winds the last few days. The redfish and black bass were ganged up against the grass beds and the trout and white bass were in the deeper water of the bayou. All species wanted live shrimp or artificial cocahoes in any color. The reds and black bass wanted the shrimp 2′ under a cork close to the gress beds. The trout and white bass wanted live shrimp on a carolina rig in 12′ of water or the artificial on a 1/4 ounce jighead. All fish were very aggressive and attacked the baits with passion. The fish were very nice with reds up to 22″, black bass up to 5 lbs, white bass up to 2.5 lbs and the trout 14-18″. This pattern should continue, as the water is high, the shrimp are in and the fish are hungry! Look for your fish around the grass beds in the inner lakes. The shrimp are jumping into the grass and are a dead give away to fish feeding activity. Threats of rain and wind in the forecast, but with the protection and proximity of the inner lakes, you can get back to the marina in 10-15 minutes and not take a beating. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Lack of Wind makes for Easy Rig Hopping

Todays predicted 2-3′ seas did not materialize and made for some easy rig hopping out in Breton Sound.  The water looked good and the tide was rising a little over a half foot. We found the trout stacked up on the down current corner of a rig in 10 feet of water. These trout were nice, 15-22″ with no throwbacks. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on a 1/4 ounce jighead. The artificial outfished the live shrimp today. The hot color was avacado w/red tail. We also soaked live croakers to pick up a couple of larger trout and one bull red around 30 lbs. which was released. The fish only wanted the bait cast up current and worked back, no cross current or down current presentation. We were well on our way to our limits when a crew boat decided to park and washed us out. It took four more drops to find them again, but fishing a small wellhead in 12 feet of water worked for us. These fish followed the same pattern, but would pick up the bait cross current as well as up current. The live croakers were being inhaled as soon as they hit the bottom. My guests took a while to get the croaker fishing touch, but were getting seasoned as we ran out. Artificials finished us up. We hit a redfish hole on the way in and soaked some live and dead shrimp 2′ under a cork for some redfish and drum action. Nothing big, just decent slot fish 18-20″. Good day at the office! The tidal range is starting to drop to nothing toward the weekend. We will need some wind to move the water. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Action as Hot as the Weather

The weather finally got us this morning and forced my guests to cancel at 4 AM. That is a shame because the fishing has been pretty steady the last few days out of the Delacroix marsh. We have been catching nice size trout at the rigs and wellheads in Breton Sound. The fish have been moving around from day to day with the same spots not producing consecutively. The water on the outside is dirty and fresh on top, but salty below. The trout have been in the 18-22″ class and have wanted live shrimp and artificials on the bottom. The live shrimp have been doing best on a jighead instead of the carolina rig. The hot color for the plastics has been a smoke w/red tail. Most of the trout have been picked up working the down current side of the structure. The redfish are still working the points and cuts in the outer bays. The best action has come on the rising tide. The reds have been in the 18-24″ class with an occasional bull up to 25lbs. The fish have wanted live or dead shrimp 24-36″ under a cork. This action can be as hot as the weather! This week, it  looks like we may get a break from the heat as a small front brings some drier air to the area. This will be a welcome relief! Good luck out there this week.

 

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Tough Fishing Conditions Today

Tough fishing conditions in the Delacroix marsh today. My guests were greeted with rain right away this morning which kept us in the boat slip for a while. A break to the east allowed us to punch through and get some inside fishing in. We worked deep bayous for trout and reds with artificial and live cocahoes. No limits, but nice fish. Artificial held an advantage over the live on the 13-19″ class trout. The fish were staging at the mouths of cuts and lakes with a deepwater bayou running through. The trout and reds wanted the baits slow rolled or twitched on the bottom in 15 feet of water. The hot color was alvacado on a 3/8 ounce jighead. The tide was falling despite the strong SE winds. The tide slacked around 11 AM and the action stopped. We tried running to the moving tide, but with rain blowing up around, we decided to call it a day early. We pulled into the slip just as the rain started. Perfect timing! The weather looks iffy with the approching front. There may be a window in the morning which we will shoot for and try to get some fishing in before the bottom drops out. Good luck out there this weekend.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

The Excellent Delacroix Marsh Fishing Continues

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

Another Windy Day in Paradise

Another windy day in paradise. My guests were treated to a stiff ENE breeze gusting to 25 K this morning in the Delacroix marsh. The water had been low in the morning, but poured in during the day. That was the biggest .4 foot tidal range I have ever seen! The water was clean in the morning and became increasingly cloudy throughout the day. We found some small trout feeding in the winter time holes this morning. It was two throwbacks for every fish that hit the box, but steady action. The fish wanted live cocahoe minnows on the bottom on jigheads and artificial cocahoes in smoke w/red tail. The artificial out produced the live today. A few small reds and a couple of flounder rounded out the day. The action is spotty right now and with the full moon, the action is best early and late. Look for your fish to still be in the deep holes early and moving up toward the flats in the  afternoon. Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Excellent Delacroix Marsh Fishing

Excellent fishing in the Delacroix marsh. The fish are in a solid winter time pattern and easy limits are within a short ride from the dock. The trout are nice size 14-18″ and are readily eating up artificial baits. We used plastic cocahoes on 1/4 ounce jigheads for our fish. The hot colors were black/chartreuse tail, tuxedo and bronze/red flake. We worked the edge of a deep interior lake hole. The fish were suspended a few feet off of the bottom early. The trout were aggressively striking the lure on the initial fall or after a twitch up off the bottom. Quick limits of trout and then the search for reds and flounder was on. Everywhere we stopped, the trout were working us over. They seem to be all over the marsh. Pick a winter time hole and work the ledge with plastics or live bait for your specks.The reds and flounder were working in shallow coves on the edge of the marsh. These fish wanted the same artificial baits worked with a steady twitching retreive. We also picked up a nice 2 lb. bass while working the reds. The trout seemed to move up in the water column as the day heated up, so do not forget the upper column if you fish mid day into afternoon. Ducks are all over the marsh as well. It looks like the last front and the lack of hunting pressure has really moved the birds in. Beware of the gnats! They have made a showing in a big way. The weather looks good for the rest of the week into the weekend. It will be cold, so bundle up and enjoy the great fishing that Louisiana has to offer. Good luck out there this week and weekend!