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 – 3/7/2020

It was cold and windy this morning out of the Delacroix Marsh. The water was low and dirty most of the areas we fished. We were able to find some protected areas that offered some relief from the cold winds and had decent water conditions. We fished deep drop offs with a strong rising tide. We tried dead shrimp carolina rigged and on jig heads to catch sheepshead. Artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig heads were the lure of choice to pickup a surprising number of trout. The trout were in the 14-17″ class with no throwbacks. The trout wanted the lure slow rolled on the bottom with very little twitching. It was good to see the trout numbers and the quality. Looking forward to the next trip. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/17/2018

The days of West wind took a toll on the water in the Delacroix marsh. The water was very low and dirty as a result. My guests faced a cold ride out this morning  with light winds, but cloudy and cold conditions. We hit areas in the marsh interior to find very little tide movement and freshwater conditions. We were catching freshwater catfish and largemouth bass in my speckled trout holes! I knew that it would be tough with water temperatures below 54 degrees and no saltwater to be found. We started to grind it out moving frequently to scrape together a box of redfish, sheepshead and bass. We worked live shrimp carolina rigged all day. Not the best results, but it was the best we could do under the circumstances. Hopefully the conditions will improve and we can find some saltwater fish soon! 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 – 7/23/2017

We hit the water a little earlier this morning to try and beat the crowd to spot “A”. Well, we did not win the race. We passed by the spot and there was already another boat. The boat was not on the spot right, but was too close for me to slip in. We decided to head outside to work some submerged reefs that are typically good this time of year. The West winds were marginal for going out, but doable. We set up to take advantage of the rising tide across the reef. The West wind was complicating, but we were able to pick up some nice sized speckled trout, white trout and sheepshead. The fish were caught using live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. The wind picked up to the point that it was overpowering the tide and we lost the right boat position so we headed back inside to check on spot “A”. It was again occupied by another boat and would not allow us a chance at it so we ventured further in and worked a point in large interior lake. We slammed the redfish, must have caught 30, but not one was over 14″. Good fun, but the fish box was getting lonely. We hit another spot on an adjacent large lake and hit speckled trout gold. The trout were smashing both live and artificial baits as quick as we could get them into the water. In scanning the skies, there was a significant storm closing in on us and the trout must have sensed the change in barometric pressure and turned on. We stayed as long as we could and took a slight beating getting across the lake. We made it most of the ride home in the dry, but it rained for the last few miles of the run. My guests put on rain jackets and I hid behind the center console and we took it like men. Proud of them! Good day again in spite of challenging conditions. 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 – 7/18/2017

The fishing is fantastic right now in the Delacroix marsh. The only issue is that you have to be there at daylight to catch the speckled trout bite and avoid the lines of strong thunderstorms that have been covering up the sound. We found a good bite this AM along an outside shoreline. It had water moving around the point and plenty of bait. Big specks were awaiting our offering of live shrimp both carolina rigged and 3 feet under corks. The trout were in the 15-22″ class and were getting bigger as the weather deteriorated. We stayed as long as we could and hauled it out just as it started to pour on the motor. We were close to limits and thought that we could stop at other spots a few miles away, but the weather had other ideas at it basically ran us all the way back to the dock. We will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7-13-2017

Perfect weather for a fish fry this AM. Cloudy, light winds and a reasonable tidal; range. We hit the same area where I have been catching speckled tout. The fish are still there and it was slow at first, but got much quicker once the spot set up. My guests were good fishermen and started to fill the box with specks. We were throwing live shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom. We ran out of live shrimp and kept catching on artificial cocahoes on jigheads. The tide quit moving as the winds picked up from the West and the bite quit. We tried several other spots to find no water movement and no fish activity. We decided to head in early as the black storm clouds started to build up and we could hear the rumbling of the thunderbusters. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/8/2017

Good fishing conditions in the early morning out of the Delacroix marsh. The rain held off just long enough for my guests to get a few hours of a good trout bite in before sprinting for the cover of the dock. We hit the edge of a large interior lake where a deep bayou enters and set up for an incoming tide. The bite was slow at first, but got better as the spot set up. The trout started to inhale live shrimp carolina rigged in 5 feet of water. The speckled trout were in the 13-18″ class with very few undersized fish in the mix. The fish box was starting to fill up when the skies around us started to get dark. We kept at it as long as we could and ended up having to run for our safety as lighting started to crack all around us. We got home dry and had a great, but a short trip. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff