Fishing Rodeo Winning Fish

Fishing rodeo winning fish was the order of the day out of the Delacroix marsh. We started bright and early armed with live cocahoes and an assortment of artificial lures. The boat hit Black Bay at dawn to find dirty water and rough seas. We ventured deep into Breton Sound and found the clean, salty water that we were looking for. I set up on the lee side of a rig to get out of the rough seas and worked the edges with plastics and live cocahoes deep under a cork. Nice size trout fell for the artificial cocahoe with a slow roll presentation. The hot color was once again the smoke with a red tail on 1/4 and 3/8 ounce jigheads. The trout were all 2-3 lbs. Good fish, but these fish were not going to win first prize in the rodeo. The seas subsided and alowed us to get even further out into the sound. We worked several rigs and wellheads until we found the fish we were after, Bull redfish up to 30 lbs! These fish were hot and were mauling the live cocahoes carolina rigged on the bottom. My guests were all hooked up as soon as the baits hit the water. This repeated itself over and over again until they cried uncle. We released all but the potential winners to fight another day. We hit a few more spots on the way back in and picked up a few more trout and a nice sized flounder which may also make the prize board. The water outside is good, but the water at the close in rigs and the islands is dirty and fresh. I did not see any bird action in all our running today. Go long for the best results right now. Good weather and tides are predicted for the rest of the weekend. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Inside Fishing Produces Results

Too windy for the outside sow trout trip today so off in search of inside reds and specks. The tide was rising at a pretty good clip until early afternoon. We worked points and cuts in interior bayous looking for redfish. The reds wanted live or dead shrimp 2-3′ under corks. The grass is such a problem on the inside that it made bottom fishing almost impossible. The reds were lurking on the down current side of the points in between the grass patches and the bank. The grass patches typically start about 2-3′ off of the bank. We caught limits of reds 18-22″ and a variety of others including sheepshead, black drum, gafftops and the dreaded hardheads. The interior lakes are holding a fair amount of small trout right now. The trout were 13-15″ with a bunch of throwbacks. The trout wanted live shrimp 2-3′ under corks. Beware of the leg easters! We could not get a trout strike on artificials today. The winds are predicted to stay up for the next couple of days which will make the trek out to Breton Sound iffy at best. There is still plenty of fishing to be done in the protected waters of the inside. There will likely be alot of competition in the duck ponds for redfish with the redfish tour ongoing this weekend out of Chalmette. Good luck to all in the tourney!

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

Beautiful Fishing Conditions Today

Beautiful fishing conditions today out in Breton Sound. Brisk early winds gave way to light winds and seas which allowed easy access to the outside waters and rigs. The water was a little stained, but had a good green color and was very fishable. A strong rising tide had the water moving well and the fish bite responded. The trout wanted live shrimp and artificial cocahoes on the bottom. The best action had the boat positioned up current of structure and required casting up current away from the structure. The fish were hitting the bait as it was slow twitched back on the bottom in 12 feet of water. The trout were 15-22″ with no throwbacks. The live bait presentaion was on bottom carolina rigged or on a jighead. The hot color for artificial was smoke w/red tail and the 1/4 ounce jigheads worked better than the 3/8. We had a couple of schools of bull reds work through and gave us some exciting double hookup action. That is alway a firedrill! Round and around and around we go! The reds were 30-36″. The tide shut down early which ended the run. Onward to the exterior bays to get some slot limit reds. The red action was slow for us as we encountered plenty of bait stealers, a few nice reds and the same dead tide. The action improved as the tide started to fall, but we were running out of bait and the day was getting hot. That cool front was a nice change of pace, but it was hot at noon! It looks like we may get a couple of choice fishing chances the next few days. The fish are starting to show up in numbers in Black Bay/Breton Sound. Good tidal ranges and light winds so get out and get some fishing in!

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

Good Fishing Continues

Good fishing continues out of the Delacroix marsh. The big trout action out at the rigs has slowed as of late. The fish are still around, but the weather pattern has not been condusive for spending alot of time in Breton Sound. The smaller trout have been ganged up under the birds in Black Bay. The fish are taking artificial lures in any color. The throwback ratio has been around 8-1. Fun to catch, but not rewarding at the fish cleaning table. The weather of late has us working the protected waters where the outer bays are just plain lousy with redfish. Easy limits of nice reds 18-24″. The fish are taking live shrimp or dead shrimp 2-3′ under corks. Artificial lures have also been very effective. The best are gold spoons, and cocahoes in alvacado and purple w/chartreuse tail. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

 

Big Fish Bite in the Delacroix Marsh

Big fish bite this morning out of the Delacroix marsh. It was a little rough out in Breton Sound, but the fish were active. The big sow trout were all 2 – 5 lbs. and fell for our offerings of live shrimp on the bottom and artificial cocahoes slow rolled along the bottom. The artificial outfished the live today. The live shrimp were presented carolina rigged and on jigheads. The hot colors for the artificial lures were alvacado and smoke w/red tail. The trout were subtle in the pickup, but put up quite a fight once hooked. The fish were holding both upcurrent and downcurrent of rigs and wellheads in mid Sound. We worked the fish into a frenzy several different times and had multiple double and triple hookups. Surprisingly, we only lost one trout right at the boat. The bite ended as the seas built up mid morning and we ventured back to the outer bay marsh areas to work some redfish. The reds were scattered, but working windward coves and points paid off with a couple of bulls and a couple of limits of 18″ fish. The black drum and sheepshead were working the drags as well. Live shrimp 2 feet under a cork was the ticket for the redfish action. We only saw a couple of flocks of birds today and the fish were 10-12″. Too small to fool with. The water is nice in the northern and eastern parts of the Sound. The Southern areas are dirty with river water. The weather looks good for the next few days into the weekend. It will be a good time to get out and enjoy some excellent trout/redfish action. Good luck. Thanks Captain Steve!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat