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

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!

Excellent Fishing out of Venice

Excellent fishing in the Mississippi River Delta out of Venice. The reds are everywhere and are striking anything in their path. The fish wanted live cocahoe minnows carolina rigged on the bottom. The fish also attacked artificial cocahoes in black/chartreuse tail and purple/chartreuse tail on a 3/8 ounce jighead. The reds are cruising the canes and rocks along the river passes. Along with the reds, trout, flounder and bass were aggressively feeding. The river is low and the water is turning green. The fishing will only get better! Good luck out there this week and weekend.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Duck Hunting in Venice, Louisiana

The duck hunting is excellent so far this season in the Mississippi River Delta out of Venice, LA. The birds are down in good numbers and the hunting areas have an over abundance of grasses and other duck feed. The hunting should only get better as the weather turns cold and sends more supply down the flyway our way. My guests have harvested Gadwall, Pintail, Widgeon, Mottled and BW Teal. The fishing has been outstanding as well. The Delta is loaded with redfish right now. These fish are cruising along any rock jetty. Live cocahoes, dead shrimp and various artificials are all producing fat Venice reds. The trout are a bit more challenging, but will soon fall into the fall/winter time pattern. The river is low and the water is turning a nice green color. The migration is on for both waterfowl and fish. Don’t be left out of the hot winter action! Good luck.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat