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

Delacroix Report – 7/9/2016

The speckled trout bite is still on! My guests were treated to a fantastic morning of trout catching. The winds were gentle out of the Southwest and the water was very low, but the fish were hungry. We hit a spot that had good incoming tidal movement and bait fish and shrimp jumping out of the water all around us. The action was fast and furious from the first cast. The trout were in the 13-18″ class with a good bit of too small throwbacks. The action faded as the tide slowed to a trickle and we headed to the dock early with an ice chest full. The fish wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads. The artificial out fished the live today by a long shot. The catching action should continue this week, but the weather may not cooperate with elevated rain chances all week. Good luck out there!

Delacroix Report – 7/7/2016

Excellent speckled trout fishing continues in the Delacroix Marsh! My guests were greeted with brisk winds out of the SW this morning. Usually a westerly wind is the kiss of death for fishing on the east side of the Mississippi river, but I found a spot where we were protected from the wind and the incoming tide set us up perfectly. The result was a full ice chest with fat trout in the 14-20″ class. These fish wanted live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads slow rolled along the bottom. Most of the trout were caught in 8 feet of water, but some were pickup on the edge of the flat in 2 feet. The fish are on the edge of the big water right now and the action should continue until the next spawn is upon us. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 7/3/2016

Another day in paradise! We hit the edge of Breton Sound bright and early to find near perfect conditions. We found a spot that had deep water adjacent to an oyster lined flat. Shrimp were jumping out of the water everywhere and schools of speckled trout were on them quick. We got into a good bite on nice sized trout 14-16″ and really good eaters. The fish were aggressive and would maul anything we threw at them. We mostly used live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on jigheads. It did not matter, the bait was getting crushed. We had a box full of trout and my guests wanted to try for some redfish. I called in a buddy fishing nearby to work on the trout we were leaving biting. When he arrived and got on the “spot on the spot”, we headed further inside to get on some reds. We worked a shallow cove with a couple of small sloughs that lead into marsh ponds. The reds were stacked up in the mouths of the drains and we boxed them on live shrimp 2 feet under corks. The sky darkened and thunder boomers started to build up so we headed to the dock early. Another great day of fishing out of the Delacroix marsh. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix report 5/25/2016

Good trip for speckled trout. The winds were kicking up out of the South East around 18 knots and we decided to stay inside the protection of the marsh. We worked areas where bayous and passes empty into lakes. The trout were staged up waiting for the incoming tide to wash bait out of the bayou. We worked for the trout and had to pick through many small trout to get a decent ice box full. The trout were hitting live shrimp 3 feet under corks and artificial cocahoes and shrimp slow twitched on the bottom. The trout were either obviously too small to keep or they were 14-20″ long. Lots of action and a very nice day to be on the water. Good luck out there this weekend?

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 5/15/2016

Another tough day out of the Delacroix marsh. My guests brought bananas aboard the boat and it went downhill from there. We were cursed! We hit spot after spot only to catch small trout. We could not get away from them. Most of the keepers that we hooked were lost at the side of the boat. At least it did not rain and the boat performed well! I guess you cannot kill them every time. The weather looks shaky for the upcoming week and I have had to reschedule trips due to the impending storms headed our way. I will be back at it toward the end of the week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 5/13/2016

The curse of the west wind strikes again! My guests were caught in the curse of the west wind today. The brisk wind had the water stained and significantly delayed the incoming tide. We hit a few falling tide spots and caught plenty of undersized speckled trout to keep a few. The fish were aggressive hitting the artificial cocahoes like they had not eaten in a while. The tide quit and we headed to a redfish spot to await the tidal turnaround. We caught 1 nice red, but they were not feeding in the slack water. We tried to wait out the tide, but it was taking forever to arrive. We decided to run outside to catch moving water which we found on the edge of the big water. We got into a good trout bite fishing plastics in 8 feet of water, but it did not last long. We decided to go back inside only to find that the area I wanted to fish was inundated with boats. People do not work on Fridays anymore? We found a good spot that was secluded and proceeded to get on the trout again, but they were mostly throwbacks. That was the story of the day, plenty of fish catching, but not as much fish keeping. Still great to be on the water and catching steady. The wind is to shift away from the West into the weekend and the good fishing should return. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 5/6/2016

Excellent fishing this weekend. The wind was brisk out of the Northeast, but it did not hamper our effort because we stayed inside the protection of the marsh. We worked deep holes and the adjacent oyster laden flats for speckled trout and redfish. We used live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads for the trout. The trout were finiky early on with a very slight bite. My guests were having a little trouble picking up the feel of the bite, but got used to it pretty quick. The action slowed and we decided to hit a redfish spot and caught a mess with dead shrimp on jigheads. We hit one more spot on the way in and finished up our trout on artificial cocahoes slow rolled off the bottom where a bayou drains into a lake. These fish were aggressive and would slam the bait. We were dou7ble and triple hooked up until we finished up. The action is really good right now and this appears to be a really good season. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report 1/8/2016

Foggy day today in the Delacroix marsh. Very difficult navigation when you cannot see the bow light on the boat. Thank goodness for advanced electronics! We hit a hole in a classic winter time hot spot – deep hole adjacent to an oyster lined flat and it was on from the first cast. We targeted speckled trout with Carolina rigged live shrimp and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig heads. The plastics spanked the live bait today hands down 3 to 1. The trout were in the 13-16″ class and had very few throwbacks. The fish are firmly in the winter pattern and easy limits should be the norm until an inevitable invasion of fresh water from an abnormally high Mississippi River impacts the marsh. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix report 8/22/2015

Well the trout have finally started to show on the outside. We got some decent weather to venture outside and it paid off. The water is clear and salty. We hit several submerged reefs with a gently falling tide. We set up upstream and tossed over the reef and the speckled trout and bull reds were there. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial shrimp on jigheads. We caught a few small croakers on the shrimp and used them wor live bait. Every croaker yielded a bull red in the 30-35 lb class. Too big to eat, but alot of fun to catch! The fishing should remain steady unbtil October, when they will start to migrate back inside. Good luck out there this wek!

Captain Jeff