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 – 7/22/2017

The weather was threatening this AM as we headed out into Breton Sound. It looked like we had a window to get around the storms toward the East, but we could not out run them and had to stop behind an island and ride it out. It did not last long and looked worse than it really was. After the delay, we continued on to spot “A”. Well unfortunately, the spot I have been working was already occupied and it was off to plan “B”. We hit another spot on the edge of Breton Sound with a small ditch flowing from a pond into a long shoreline. We worked the mouth of the ditch piking up a few reds. The action was too slow so we headed out in search of another spot and I noted that spot “A” was now available and we set up to work the point. The tide was rising and flowing across the point and dropping off into a deep channel. Speckled trout were in the deep crushing bait fish and shrimp. We offered up live shrimp Carolina rigged and were rewarded with a pile of specks in the 14-18″ class. The fish were also actively hitting artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. Good eaters and a lot of fun to catch. The action slowed as the tide slowed and we headed back toward the inside to find the tide again. We hit few spots with limited success as the tide was waning. We decided to call it early and head back to the dock. It was a good day even though we had some challenges to deal with. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/19/2017

Early start in the Delacroix marsh this morning. We left the dock before daylight to cover much of the run before available fishing time was spent travelling. Good move as we hit the spot right as it was light enough to cast to the point. Not as much bait moving around as yesterday, but the action was soon hot. The trout were not quite as big either, but numbers count too! The fish did not want corks today and would only respond to live shrimp carolina rigged in the current. We worked over the specks until the skies started to loom dark and close. We decided to head out a little earlier this time to try for some redfish before we got soaked or run in early. We hit a cove with a small little cut that leads to a marsh pond. It typically holds a few reds. We worked the cut with live and dead shrimp 3 feet under corks. The redfish responded and we caught a pile of reds just over 18″. The weather moved in and finally we called it for a run back to the dock. Great day in a magical place – Delacroix! Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/14/2017

Afternoon trip today out of the Delacroix Marsh. We got a late start leaving the dock and only had a couple of hours to fish. We headed to the areas that I have been doing well only to find hardhead catfish. we decided to run to another area and work some drains along an outside shoreline with the falling tide. That proved to be the ticket for a box full of redfish in the 18-22″ class. These fish wanted dead shrimp 3′ under corks thrown right up against the marsh grass. As usual, the best action was right at dark when all my guests were hooked up at once as the reds were in a feeding frenzy. I like fishing late, but do not like the run back to the dock in the dark. The good fishing continues out of Delacroix! Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 6/10/2017

The good fishing continues in the Delacroix marsh. We hit the same area as yesterday and had similar conditions. The results were the same. The fat speckled trout were hungry and waiting for our live shrimp Carolina rigged offerings. The group had their fill of trout so we ventured off after some redfish action. We got to the area where the redfish have been hanging out and wow, the boats were everywhere. Apparently, the word is out. I could not fish where I wanted to be so we tried another area with much less crowding. We hit a spot with 2 small drains feed a duck pond. We threw live and dead shrimp under corks up into the drains. Bingo, redfish responded with crushing blows to the shrimp and in some4 cases the corks. Crazy good redfish action as we limited out in short order. Just another great Delcroix day! Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/22/2016

Strange tide today in the Delacroix Marsh. We hit the water after daylight to find a slight falling tide. We motored to where a small bayou drains into a small flat. There is a deep oyster lined hole adjacent to the bayou. We staged up current of the hole and started fishing. My guests were throwing live shrimp Carolina rigged. We started catching quickly, but had to wade through some small speckled trout to get some into the ice chest. The wind started to pick up out of the Southeast and the action slowed. We headed to another similar spot and got on them again. We again had to wade through small trout, but kept putting fish in the box too. The tide quit and the action slowed. We stayed in the same spot waiting for the tide to start rising, but it never did. Not quite sure why, but we fished slack water for a while. We started to pick up sheeepshead after sheepshead and decided to keep them. Sheepshead are tough to clean, but excellent table fare. We stayed until we ran out of live shrimp and took it back to the boat slip. Good day of fishing! 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 – 8/6/2016

The small trout are everywhere! My guest got out early with me after some speckled trout and redfish. We hit a point on the edge of Breton Sound that has been good over the last few weeks. We started putting trout into the box pretty quickly working live shrimp Carolina rigged. We had to wade through many fish that were just under the minimum size limit. Good action. We kept picking away at the trout until a big humpback redfish crashed the party. This fish was only 25 inches long , but weighed 15 lbs. Apparently, the fish must have sustained a back injury early in life and made a recovery despite the odd appearance. The red was released due to pity and lives to fight another day! We stayed on the fish and picked through small fish to reach my guests quota and we headed in early to catch the Delacroix Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet. A good time was had by all! Good luck out there this week!

Delacroix Report – 7/30/2016

Perfect fishing weather for a usually hot summer. We got out early to the edge of Breton Sound and set up on an outer point. We had good incoming tide and light winds out of the Southwest. The speckled trout were hungry and we started filling the box on the first cast. The fish were smaller than usual 12-14″ and we had to throw a lot of small trout back this morning. The fish were hungry for live shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom and they ate up artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We continued to wade threw smalls to get a good box full and we decided to switch gears and head toward the Delacroix marsh for some redfish. We worked a windward bank that is lined with oysters and picked up a bunch of reds in the 20-24″ class. These fish wanted live shrimp 2 feet under a cork very close to the bank. We ended the day early and took it back to the boat slip before the rains started to build up around us. Good luck out there this week!

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