Tough Fishing Conditions Today

Tough fishing conditions in the Delacroix marsh today. My guests were greeted with rain right away this morning which kept us in the boat slip for a while. A break to the east allowed us to punch through and get some inside fishing in. We worked deep bayous for trout and reds with artificial and live cocahoes. No limits, but nice fish. Artificial held an advantage over the live on the 13-19″ class trout. The fish were staging at the mouths of cuts and lakes with a deepwater bayou running through. The trout and reds wanted the baits slow rolled or twitched on the bottom in 15 feet of water. The hot color was alvacado on a 3/8 ounce jighead. The tide was falling despite the strong SE winds. The tide slacked around 11 AM and the action stopped. We tried running to the moving tide, but with rain blowing up around, we decided to call it a day early. We pulled into the slip just as the rain started. Perfect timing! The weather looks iffy with the approching front. There may be a window in the morning which we will shoot for and try to get some fishing in before the bottom drops out. Good luck out there this weekend.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

The Excellent Delacroix Marsh Fishing Continues

The excellent fishing out of the Delacroix marsh continues. The weather this weekend was perfect and the fishing conditions were almost ideal. The area was crowded with boats as a result, but there were plenty of fish to go around. We targeted our fish in the interior marsh less than 15 minutes from the launch. The outside islands and rigs are holding fish, but it is hard to ride past limits of 14-20″ trout. The inside areas are the same old winter time holes. Our fish came out of 22 feet of water and they were holding tight to the bottom. The fish wanted live cocahoes and artificial cocahoes in smoke with a red tail. The live minnows were presented on a carolina rig with a 3/8 ounce egg sinker. The artificial lures were fished on 3/8 ounce jigheads and outfished the live bait hands down. The trout were very subtle in their bite and it required excellent touch to feel the strike. Most strikes were not detected, but a slight pressure difference in the line tension was the tip off. The fish were using their stregnth to maintain position in the strong tidal currents and were picking up the bait, but not moving with it. The majority of the trout were female and had eggs close to dropping. These fish will have to move soon to spawn, but we will stay on the pattern until they do. You fishermen with small boats or if it is too rough for outside don’t forget about the inside fishing areas because they are still holding plenty of trout. It looks like the winds are to pick up over the next few days which may dirty up the water a bit. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Excellent Fishing

Excellent fishing today out of the Delacroix marsh! We hit a couple of spots before finding the right pattern, but started and finished the boats limit in the same place. The specks were very aggressive today, almost ripping the pole out of your hands. The fish were short striking alot and we would get up to seven hits before a solid hookup. The trout wanted live cocahoes and plastic cocahoes tightlined and slow rolled on the bottom. We were set up on the edge of a ledge dropping to 15 feet and plenty of oysters on the bottom.The plastic whipped the live today and the hot colors were alvacado, smoke and alvacado w/red tail. The tide was ripping hard and we were set up for a cross current presentation. The lures were fished on tandem 1/4 ounce jigheads and single 3/8 ounce jigheads. The live bait was best fished carolina rigged because the cocahoes would nestle into the oysters on a jighead. The trout ranged from 12-18″ and were solid fish. We had very few throwbacks considering the numbers of fish. The trout are still inside in the same old winter time holes. No need to run way out and burn alot of time and gas. The weather is looking iffy for the weekend, but Thursday looks like a go. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

What a Difference a Day Makes!

What a difference a day makes! The trout really fed today in the Delacroix marsh. My guests were treated to ESE winds up to 20K and stained water conditions. The fish did not seem to mind. We targeted deep passes between lakes with the incoming tide. The water depth was 22 feet and the bottom was heavyly oyster lined. The trout wanted live cocahoe minnows on 1/4 ounce jigheads slow rolled on the bottom. We also picked a good number of fish on the artificial cocahoe in smoke w/red tail. The live outfished the plastic today hands down. The trout were very subtle in the pick up and were not running with the bait at all. A light twitch, a slight pressure difference or limp line tension were the only clues to your lure getting mauled.  The trout were 12-18″ with few throwbacks. One lone bull red ventured down the trough and was picked up a live cocahoe – 29″. The fish bit better in the afternoon session than the morning. The fish are still feeding with the full moon and are most active early and late. Wednesday calls for rain, but the rest of the week looks good. Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Another Windy Day in Paradise

Another windy day in paradise. My guests were treated to a stiff ENE breeze gusting to 25 K this morning in the Delacroix marsh. The water had been low in the morning, but poured in during the day. That was the biggest .4 foot tidal range I have ever seen! The water was clean in the morning and became increasingly cloudy throughout the day. We found some small trout feeding in the winter time holes this morning. It was two throwbacks for every fish that hit the box, but steady action. The fish wanted live cocahoe minnows on the bottom on jigheads and artificial cocahoes in smoke w/red tail. The artificial out produced the live today. A few small reds and a couple of flounder rounded out the day. The action is spotty right now and with the full moon, the action is best early and late. Look for your fish to still be in the deep holes early and moving up toward the flats in the  afternoon. Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Windy Day Down the Bayou

Windy day down the bayou today out of Delacroix. Northwest winds at 20 Knots dirtied up the water quick. Adverse conditions to say the least. Clean water was scarce, but the areas that had good water also were holding fish. The fishing and catching was slow and we caught our fish is spurts. We worked protected interior bayous and passes between small bays. The trout and red wanted live cocahoe minnows on the bottom with a 1/4 ounce jighead. Later in the morning, the trout were taking artificial cocahoes on 1/4 ounce jigheads in alvacado w/red tail and smoke w/red tail. The fish were picking up the bait very subtly and wanted a slow to no retreive. Casting across current and letting the bait drift with the tide was best. The trout were up to 3.5 lbs with a good number of 11.5″ fish. The lone red was a bull at 29″. The female trout had eggs forming when they were cleaned and the water temperature was well over 70 degrees F, the spring spawn is only a couple of weeks away! If the weather will ever stabilize, the sows will be on the islands soon. This weekend looks good for fishing. The wind should lay down and allow the water to clean up. Good luck out there this week and weekend.

Thanks Captain Brian and Captain Rick!

Tough Fishing Conditions

Tough fishing conditions today out of the Delacroix marsh. Strong winds out of the Northeast held up the tidal fall today. The fish did not want to cooperate in the lack of moving water. The trout that fell victim to our lure presentations wanted artificial cocahoes worked slowly on or near the bottom. The hot colors were alvacado with a red tail and smoke with a red tail on a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jighead. The fish were in 10-15 feet of water. The weather looks iffy for the next few days with consistent rain in the picture. The end of the week holds promise as the weather and water clears. Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Less than Ideal Conditions

The fishing is improving in the Delacroix marsh after last weekends storm and subsequent blow out tide. Monday’s trip resulted in a poor catch in less than ideal conditions. Cold weather, low tide, huge tidal range, Mississippi River water and dirty water covering the system made for poor fishing conditions.Thursday’s trip was a vast improvement. My guests from Mississippi were expecting some harsh fishing conditions, but found the water to be fishable in several areas of the marsh. The fresh water from the river has alot of the winter time holes disturbed. The best water was found in the lakes and rivers along the twin pipelines. We found trout feeding on the bottom in 12-15 feet of water. These fish were 12-18″ with a few throwbacks. They wanted artificial cocahoe minnows on a 3/8 ounce jighead bounced or slow rolled along the bottom. The hot colors were smoke, alvacado and glow. The fish were not aggressive at all and the strikes were extremely subtle. As the water temperature rose, the feeding activity picked up. We found a nice school of reds working bait on a flat adjacent to a hole. We worked them over with the same artificial lures. These fish were 16-18″ with quite a few 15 1/2″ fish. Still a good fighting fish! The weekend looks promising with slight winds and a good tidal range. The rain is not expected until Saturday night or Sunday morning which leaves a big window for fishing. The later in the day fishing has been better as the water temperature heats up. Good luck out there this weekend.

Easy Limits of Speckled Trout

Excellent fishing in the interior marsh out of Delacroix, Louisana. Easy limits of speckled trout are finding their way into the ice chest. The fish really fed this morning before the front pushed through. The fish are staging in the deep holes and passes between lakes and adjacent to flats. These fish are readily taking artificial lures presented slowly along the bottom. The hot colors today were smoke and purple/chartreuse tail on a 3/8 ounce jighead. The fish were 13-18″ with a good number of small fish. There was plenty of action on almost every cast and the last fish hit the ice chest before 11 AM. It does not get easier fishing than right now. This pattern should continue through the rest of the month and into the first couple of weeks in February. If you have never experienced the fast and furious action of inshore speckled trout fishing, then this is the time to visit. Good luck out there this week.

Excellent Delacroix Marsh Fishing

Excellent fishing in the Delacroix marsh. The fish are in a solid winter time pattern and easy limits are within a short ride from the dock. The trout are nice size 14-18″ and are readily eating up artificial baits. We used plastic cocahoes on 1/4 ounce jigheads for our fish. The hot colors were black/chartreuse tail, tuxedo and bronze/red flake. We worked the edge of a deep interior lake hole. The fish were suspended a few feet off of the bottom early. The trout were aggressively striking the lure on the initial fall or after a twitch up off the bottom. Quick limits of trout and then the search for reds and flounder was on. Everywhere we stopped, the trout were working us over. They seem to be all over the marsh. Pick a winter time hole and work the ledge with plastics or live bait for your specks.The reds and flounder were working in shallow coves on the edge of the marsh. These fish wanted the same artificial baits worked with a steady twitching retreive. We also picked up a nice 2 lb. bass while working the reds. The trout seemed to move up in the water column as the day heated up, so do not forget the upper column if you fish mid day into afternoon. Ducks are all over the marsh as well. It looks like the last front and the lack of hunting pressure has really moved the birds in. Beware of the gnats! They have made a showing in a big way. The weather looks good for the rest of the week into the weekend. It will be cold, so bundle up and enjoy the great fishing that Louisiana has to offer. Good luck out there this week and weekend!