Delacroix Report – 7/7/2021

More rain predicted for today. We hit the honey hole before daylight. The spot did not look right, no water moving, no bait moving. Was worried until the first cast resulted in rod bending action. Big speckled trout started hitting the ice chest on live shrimp 2 feet under corks. The fish were in the 18-22″ class. As the tide began to move the action improved and was steady until the sun got up. It got sporadic afterwards and we decided to try for some other species. We hit a small cove with a couple of marsh drains and got on some nice slot redfish in the 18-25″ class. We also picked up a few sheepshead, black drum and a bonus doormat flounder. Thunder started to roll so we ran for the protection of the marsh and hit an inside spot. We started to pickup small trout in the 12-14″ class on live shrimp carolina rigged. This action continued until the rain built up beside us and we decided to make the run back home in the dry. The fishing is picking up in the Delacroix area and look forward to getting back out there. Good luck!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/6/2021

The light show in the sky was intense as we arrived at the boat this morning. Rain was building to the East and the South. We looked at the radar and decided to take a chance by fishing at the some spots close to the boat slip just in case it got too nasty. As it got light, the rain stayed South and East so we ventured further out to the edge of the bay where the salinities are better. We found a point with moving water and bait and found hungry fish. Speckled trout in the 18-22″ class found the ice chest on live shrimp both carolina rigged and 2 feet under corks. The trout also were interested in artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The tide slowed and the trout bite died, so we hit a slough that leads to a small pond and found nice reds in the 18-28″ class. These fish were super aggressive and we lost several due to breakoffs. We also picked up some black drum and sheepshead to round out the fish box. The rain started to close in on us so we took it bak to the boat slip to start cleaning fish before the bottom fell out. Great day on the water! An above average chance of rain is predicted the rest of the week. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 5/15/2021

It was a beautiful morning in the Delacroix marsh. We started out early to light winds and decided to head out to the edge of the marsh to work a speckled trout hole that has been producing. By the time we got outside, the winds had picked up to 20 knots out of the east. What started out as a comfortable boat ride turned into a bumpy adventure! We made it to the spot to find the water looked like chocolate milk and knew immediately that we would need to rethink the game plan for the day. Moved into redfish mode and started working some drains on the outside edge area. We tossed live shrimp on carolina rigs to start picking away at redfish. The fish were in the 16-19″ class. We did not find a mother load of reds ganged up, but we picked away at them trying a bunch of spots. We ended up back inside in a protected pond with alot of grass. Was hoping the grass would help clear up the water and it was somewhat cleaner. We finally picked up a few trout to go with a black drum before calling at a day. It goes to show that everyday is a new opportunity and you must remain flexible as the conditions change quickly. Looks like rain for the first half of the week, but the rest of week looks good. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 4/23/2021

Boy was it windy for an afternoon trip in the Delacroix marsh! The water table was up and the water quality was poor as the strong winds had the water clarity muddied up and dirty. I wanted to try spots on the edge of the marsh and the bay, but the water was just too dirty to catch speckled trout. A quick change of locations found a sheltered bend in a bayou with good water movement and cleaner water. We tried live shrimp on carolina rigs and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig heads to catch a few speckled trout in the 14-16″ class. The action was slow so we tried another shallow spot with a small drain to pick up a nice 25″ redfish. The next spot was a flat adjacent to a really deep bayou where we picked up 2 nice flounder. 1st flounders to hit the ice chest in a long time and was a welcomed sight! The last spot was another flat adjacent to a really deep bayou where we picked away at nice trout up to 20″ working the oyster lined flat. Storms started to build up and we headed back to the dock dry up until the last few minutes. The artificial out fished the live today. It was a good trip and we found the fish hungry again. We will be back at it this week, good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/11/2020

Great fishing weather this week in the Delacroix marsh. The tides were just the right range and the fish were hungry. The only complaint is that the water level is extremely low right now. My guests were treated to a gentle SE breeze this morning as we headed to inside spots in the Delacroix marsh. We worked deep holes adjacent to flats with live shrimp carolina rigged, dead shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We were rewarded with an ice chest full of a variety of species including – speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, white bass and largemouth bass. There were also plenty of freshwater catfish caught, but all were released to bite someone else’s line. Interesting, but we did not catch a trout until the tide switched from a falling to a rising tide. It is not yet cold enough for the trout to gang up in the deep holes yet, but it is coming soon. Good luck out there this week and be careful as the water table is super low right now. We watched people grinding up their props in the oyster lined mud all day. Don’t be that guy!

Captain Jeff

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 – 1/12/2019

Breezy and cool this morning as we headed out into the Delacroix marsh. We hoped to get into some fish before the expected cold front passed through with rain, strong winds and colder temperatures. The fishing was slow as expected with all of the freshwater from the high Mississippi River in the estuary. We hit points along windward shorelines and soaked live and dead shrimp on the bottom. We picked up redfish, sheepshead and largemouth bass for our efforts. Several bands of rain passed through throughout the day, but the rain was short in duration. My guests were prepared with rain gear and we fished right on through the weather. The last front passed early afternoon and the sky cleared and the sun came out. It was nice to dry out a little and warm up as we took the ride back to the boat slip. The fishing has been challenging and the trout have been particularly tough. The weather looks good early in the week and deteriorating toward the weekend. 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