Delacroix Report – 4/12/2021

It was on yesterday in the Delacroix marsh. The fishing action was non stop for all species. Nice speckled trout in the 14-20″ class hit the ice chest all morning. These fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. We had a battery issue and got a jump from Captain Ricky Hunt – Thanks Captain, you saved me! It is nice to fish in a place where folks are friendly and willing to lend a hand. I know I have helped a many of stranded boaters and glad that the help was available when I was in need. Instead of quitting early, we headed beck to the dock to retrieve a spare battery and headed back out in search of reds. We found a point with moving water and plenty of bait and finished up a limit of nice reds in the 16-27″ class. We caught a bull red 35″, but released to fight another day. We also spent 30 minutes tangling with a 45 lb. black drum that was also set free to rule the water. It was a great day in spite of some technical issues. Best trip of the year! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/11/2020

Great fishing weather this week in the Delacroix marsh. The tides were just the right range and the fish were hungry. The only complaint is that the water level is extremely low right now. My guests were treated to a gentle SE breeze this morning as we headed to inside spots in the Delacroix marsh. We worked deep holes adjacent to flats with live shrimp carolina rigged, dead shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We were rewarded with an ice chest full of a variety of species including – speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, white bass and largemouth bass. There were also plenty of freshwater catfish caught, but all were released to bite someone else’s line. Interesting, but we did not catch a trout until the tide switched from a falling to a rising tide. It is not yet cold enough for the trout to gang up in the deep holes yet, but it is coming soon. Good luck out there this week and be careful as the water table is super low right now. We watched people grinding up their props in the oyster lined mud all day. Don’t be that guy!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 3/14/2020

The trout really came on strong today. We bounced around a bit this morning as we hit several tried and true March hot spots. We had some success as the incoming tide got stronger, but the South East winds also got stronger too. We found a spot that I have not fished in 5 years that is perfect for a SE wind and a rising tide in March. We set up on the edge of a 12 foot drop off and cast artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig heads into the deep. We also tried dead shrimp carolina rigged. The dead shrimp helped to pick up several black drum in the 16-18″ class and one 50+ lb bruiser that we brought in on 12 lb test line and released to destroy someone else’s fishing equipment. The artificial lures were effective in loading up on speckled trout in the 12-14″ class. The bite was funny, but once we figured it out, it was every cast. The fishing is really taking off in the Delacroix Marsh and we are very happy about that welcome change. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 11/17/2018

Beautiful weather on Saturday! Light winds out of the East and cool temperatures made for a nice ride out and pleasant day on the water. There was little to no water movement which makes catching tough, but my guests were determined to make every cast count. We hit a couple of windward shorelines targeting redfish with live shrimp and dead shrimp carolina rigged. It was slow at first as the water temperature was hovering just above 55 degrees. Once the water warmed, so did the fish and the catching got better and better till we ran out of bait. We got into a redfish bite that was very strong. The fish were 14-29″ and good fighters. We tired of throwing back redfish as the bull reds were coming in 2 and 3 fish at a time. We moved down the shoreline slightly and got into the Black drum with some nice speckled trout mixed in. The drum were perfect size between 16-20″ and the trout were between 16-18″. We also had a few Sheepshead, Largemouth Bass AKA “Green Trout” and a flounder hit the shrimp. All in all a very good day on the water. It looks like the trout are starting to show up again which is a welcome sight. It has been a tough season on my usual target species. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/11/2016

It was cold this morning on the boat ride out into the Delacroix marsh. Brisk winds out of the SE and water temperatures in the upper 40’s made the fishing tough early. The temperature started to warm up mid morning and the fish started to feed. We found a spot where the rising tide was moving around a point and falling off the shelf into deep water. We set up with the wind to our backs and worked the deep hole with live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. The trout were feeding, but the bite was extremely light and tough to feel. Once we figured out the pattern, we started to fill the ice chest with specks in the 12-15″ class. Not huge, but really good eaters! We also picked up a handful of sheepshead, redfish and black drum in the hole. Finished the day with a box full of fish. The weather is supposed to warm this week and the fishing should be solid. Good luck out there!

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 7/3/2016

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 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 7/23/2015

Stiff winds out of the West forced us to hide inside in the protection of the marsh this morning. We hit a protected shoreline with an adjacent oyster reef and worked dead shrimp on jigheads along the bank. The redfish and black drum were thick and it did not take long to finish limits. We also picked up a few nice speckled trout in the deeper water with carolina rigged live shrimp. The group had to catch an early flight, so we headed in early. When will the curse of the west wind be lifted?

Captain Jeff