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 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 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

Light winds greeted us as we hit Breton Sound early today. We went deep to an old shell pad I have not fished in years. It was fish on as soon as we started with live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. These fish wanted the bait slow twitched over the shells on the bottom. Nice trout but no big girls in the bunch. Squalls started building up off to the East and eventually skirted us both to the North and South. We only experienced a breif period of drizzle while we continued to fish. After the front, the winds followed and we headed to protected waters. Set up on a flat adjacent to an inside lagoon and caught more trout until the still threating rain finally ran us in early. The fishing remains good in spite of the West winds the last few days. The water color is dingy and really low, but the action is steady. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Good Fishing Weekend

Good fishing this weekend out of Delacroix . Saturday was excellent weather and the fish responded well. My guests got into a good bite early at a wellhead catching 2-3 lb trout on artificial cocahoes in smoke and purple w/ chartreuse tail. We tried live shrimp and croaker, but the fish wanted artificial. This bite faded as a crew boat stopped by and it was off to the next hot spot. We set up down current of a wellhead in Breton Sound and threw back up current. Nice trout 3-4 lbs were hammering the artificial cocahoes as they were twitched past the well. We also picked up 2 bull reds up to 35 lbs which were released to fight another day. We ventured to another couple of rigs with nothing and decided for one more stop before heading into the marsh for reds and it was on! These specks were smaller, but still in the 1-2 lb class. The fish also wanted artificial cocahoes. This action continued until we finished off the chest and left them biting. Great day to be on the water!

The conditions today were a little different. The winds picked up and the seas did as well. My guests opted to do the redfish tour in the protected waters. We set up on windward points and coves in the outer bays and tossed out live cocahoe minnows 3 feet under corks. No slam, but each spot would yield a few fish. The wind and seas were picking up even more and we headed to the deep waters of the inside marsh. Tried the artificial cocahoe winter twitch and immediately started picking up trout 13-17″. After some catching, we looked over our shoulders to see a big storm bearing down on us from the West with lightning and thunder. Time to run!  We ventured as far north as we could to try to get around it, stopping at a couple of spots with nothing for the chest. A small window presented to get back and avoid the rain and my guest decided to call it an early day. We made it into the slip in a light sprinke and the rain began to fall shortly thereafter. Good timing! The fish are active in the sound if the weather permits, but the inside waters are still holding plenty of fish. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

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

Excellent Fishing in Breton Sound

Excellent fishing out in Breton Sound today. The weatherman got it right today. Light winds and seas made for an easy ride out and in with an ice chest full of trout and reds. The trout were ganged up at the rigs and wellheads deep in Breton Sound. We caught trout up to 4 lbs on live shrimp and croakers carolina rigged and free lined. The strong tide had the fish off, away from the structure. The trout action slowed and my guests bit on my bull redfish suggestion. We hit the spot and drags were screaming within 1 minute. These fish were huge, up to 35 lbs. The bulls wanted live shrimp, croakers or artificial cocahoes. We caught our limit and released until my guests screamed uncle. We made a move in to the outer bay and set up on a windward cove and finished our limit on slot reds. These fish were up to 26″ and wanted live shrimp or croakers 3 feet under corks. A very enjoyable day on the water. Sunday looks good early, but bad weather patterns are predicted for the afternoon and into mid week. Good luck out there!

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