The fog was back this morning with a vengeance. Had to putt down the bayou as there were alot of boats out and you could not see diddly. We finally arrived at our first spot to find conditions perfect. A strong falling tide was drifting our live shrimp on carolina rigs down the bayou toward hungry fish. We started picking up speckled trout until the bull drum crashed the party. We caught 4 in the 35-40 lb class until my guests arms got sore and we had to move. The fog finally lifted and we hit a shallow flat and tried live shrimp under corks. The tide was moving the corks so fast that it was ineffective. We switched back to carolina rigs and started picking up fish. It was large variety of redfish, sheepshead and largemouth bass. We kept at it until the tide waned and the fish quit biting. Good catch on a glorious day! Good luck out there.
No fog this morning was a welcome relief. The fish pattern changed today and we only picked up a few bass working our falling tide spots with live shrimp under corks. We changed up tackle and moved to deep holes with liv shrimp carolina rigged. This change worked as we started picking up speckled trout in the 12-16″ class. A bull redfish 32″ long crashed the party and we adjusted the boat slightly to take advantage of the waning tide. We got back on the trout until the bull drum moved in. we caught 2 in the 35lb class along with 2 sheepshead and called it a day. We will be back after them again tomorrow. Good luck out there!
Dense fog in the marsh this morning. Very difficult navigation so we started close to the dock. We got on redfish straight away on live shrimp under corks. These fish were 15-25″ with about 50% throwbacks. The fog lifted slightly and we moved further out to find a variety of fish under corks. We boxed more redfish, sheepshead, southern kingfish and largemouth bass. The action slowed as the falling tide movement slowed so we took it to the house early. We will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!
Super foggy this morning. We delayed start time to compensate and left the dock as the visibility improved. We had a falling tide and tried a couple of perfect spots with limited success. We only hooked a bull redfish in the 30″ class, good fight and released to maybe catch again one day. We tried another spot and started hooking up on redfish on almost every cast. Unfortunately, not one made the box as they were all 14-15″. The reds wanted live and dead shrimp both carolina rigged and under corks. We kept at it and the trout turned on as the tide slowed. The trout wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The tide faded and the feeding stopped. We bounced around a few spots with no action until the tide turned around. We found a point in a deep bayou where the water was flowing and found hungry trout. We did not limit, but had a nice box at the end of the day. We will be back after them later in the week. Good luck out there!
Beautiful sunrise this morning as we headed East down the Bayou into the Delacroix Marsh. Neap tide conditions was a concern as we tried to find the right fishing conditions. Our first spot was a flop and we headed deeper into the marsh. We found a bend in a deep bayou that was protected from the increasing Southeast winds. My guests found hungry speckled trout up to 2.5 lbs. taking advantage of our offering of live shrimp carolina rigged. The action was slow, but steady. We also had a collection of other species join the party – white trout, redfish, black drum and flounder. The reds were too small to keep, the black drum too big and flounder is currently closed season. We had a great time and will be back after them early next week. Be safe out there – Captain Jeff
Beautiful sunrise as we headed East this morning. Very light winds and a strong rising tide makes for good fishing conditions, especially during the summer spawn. Headed straight to the spot that was good producer a couple of days ago only to find we were to late and the spot had a boat. It looked like they were fishing it differently, but otherwise occupied. Diverted to plan B and found another point with moving water and active bait. Speckled trout in the 13-15″ class started to find their way into the fish box. A couple of nice slot redfish joined the party. Best bait today was live shrimp on a carolina rig. With the light winds, it got hot quick and the fish activity slowed. We moved to deeper water and continued to pick away at the trout. The action was slow, but enough to keep on the spot. The water soon turned dirty as the rising tide brought water in from a shallow bay. We tried a couple of other spots picking up a few more reds and a nice flounder. The heat just became too much and we headed back to the dock for some shade. Good luck this weekend!
Got an early start this morning and intended to head to the outside waters, but passed a point on the edge of the marsh with good tide movement and bait flipping. Had to stop to check it out and was rewarded with fat speckled trout in the 15 -18″ class. These fish wanted artificial shrimp style baits on 3/8 ounce jig heads and live croakers and shrimp carolina rigged. The rising tide slowed and so did the fish feeding action. We headed back outside and found another point with good water movement, but no bait and no fish action. No bait – no fish… The heat wave started as the sun got up into the sky and we decided to stay on the inside. We hit other spots and and only picked up a couple more trout. Decided to call it day before our brains cooked any more. The fishing action is improving as the Mississippi River continues to fall. Better fishing ahead!
Good luck out there this week!
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!
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!
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!