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

Delacroix Report 7/19/2015

Winds are still out of the West, but a little lighter this morning. We headed out into the sound to look for speckled trout. We hit a submerged reef that is always good this time of the year. We worked live shrimp carolina rigged, 3 feet under corks and artificial cocahoes to produce a few nice sized trout. We never hit the mother load and it got hot quick so we decided to work up some reds and black drum in the marsh. We hit the windward side of a cove and started pitching dead shrimp and live shrimp on the bottom. We used carolina rigged live shrimp and plain jigheads with dead shrimp to produce a box full of redfish, black drum, a couple of sheepshead and a few more trout. Things are getting better….

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/18/2015

The curse of the West winds continues. The water is a couple of feet below normal and making the trout fishing tough. We are still catching a few, but no where near what we should be doing. Thank goodness for redfish and black drum as they are saving the day! The winds were at 15 knots plus this morning and we opted to stay inside the protection of the marsh. We hit several points and oyster reef shorelines working live and dead shrimp 2 feet under corks and carolina rigged on the bottom. The action was not fast and furious, but soon enough we had a box full of redfish and black drum. Hiopefully, the weather pattern will change and allow some better water conditions. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/12/2015

Tough fishing out of Delacroix today. The scourge of the Westerly winds continue. The water was low as we headed out this AM. We hit a deep water spot and started picking up small speckled trout right away on live shrimp carolina rigged. We had to wade through many small fish to get a few into the fish box. We hit a couple of shallow redfish coves and could not get the reds into the mood, but we did catch a few black drum and flounder on live shrimp 2′ under corks. We decided to head back inside and work more deep holes and got into a good bite on black drum, sheepshead and redfish. These fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged on the bottom in 10 feet of water. We ran out of live shrimp and it started to get hot, so we decided to head in. Good time, but could not get the trout going today. Hopefully the weather will improve this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 6/27/2015

Howling winds out of the west the last few days have made the fishing much tougher out of Delacroix. We hit an outer bay point early to find nice trout in the deep casting out away from the bank. The trout wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom. Once the winds picked up, the bite died and we headed back into the interior marsh. The water is super low and getting dirtier by the minute. We hit several spots and picked up black drum, reds and a few more trout. We had one trout on the inside that was pushing 4 lbs. Nice fish! Hopefully the winds will die back and allow the tide to bring in some cleaner water from the outside. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 6/20/2015

Brisk westerly winds greeted us this AM. We decided to stay in protected waters and found hungry trout, reds and drum. Most of the trout were too small to keep, but the steady action was nice. We caught trout at every stop. We found a honey hole full of drum and reds and filled the box with both. One bull red cruized through and picked up a live shrimp Carolina rigged and the fight was on. The red was huge, well into the 30 lb range. The bruiser was released to fight another day. The drum were in the 20-22″ size class. Nice eaters! We will be back at it in the morning!

Captain Jeff