Delacroix Report – 6/4/2024

Got after them early this morning. The winds moved more from the South and picked up to about 15 knots. The winds and waves made it a little slow going as we needed to cross a couple of bays to get to the 1st spot of the day. Slow and steady we crossed as I did not want to beat up my guests in the increasing seas. Finally made it to find the chosen spot perfect for the wind and tidal conditions. The rising tide was moving along the edge of the marsh and running around a point and draining into a deep bayou. We set up with the wind at our back and were able to cast into the deeper water for trout and work the edge and point for redfish. Both trout and redfish were feeding at this spot. The redfish were in the 17-25″ class and were crushing live shrimp 3′ under corks and carolina rigged. The trout were in the 12-13″ class and we had to wade through alot of throwbacks to get some to find there way into the ice chest. The action was pretty steady and some guests switched over to plastic cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads and kept right on catching. The wind picked up more and as the tide slowed, it moved the boat position and changed out bait presentation and the bite slowed. We decided to get get out of the rough water and head back to the safety of the marsh. We hit a protected cove and found that the tide was still running good and set up on a point and caught a few more reds. We hit one more spot where a deep bayou drains into a shallow lake, the tide was still running and we started catching 12.5 – 13″ trout and put a few more into the box. We ran out of live bait and decided to call it a day. Good catching in the Delacroix marsh today! We will be back at it again soon. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 6/3/2024

A tad breezy as we headed east into the sunrise over the Delacroix marsh this morning. We headed to the edge of the marsh and the bay to try to find some nice speckled trout. We set up to work a point where the rising tide was sweeping across and into a deep bayou. The trout were in there thick and feeding, unfortunately they were in the 12 – 12.5″ class with the occasional 13″. We must have caught a hundred to keep 15. The fish wanted live shrimp 3′ under corks, carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The winds layed down a little and we decided to poke outside to see if the rigs would produce. We worked a couple of rigs and a submerged reef only to find Mississippi River water all over and nothing but catfish. Headed back into the marsh to keep working spots. Stopped at a point in a lake where a deep bayou enters and set up to work the water moving around the point. Found some redfish interested in feeding and they were the perfect eating size 16-18″. These fish wanted live shrimp under corks and carolina rigged. This action heated up until a 4 foot shark moved in and crashed the party. My guest hooked up, I thought it was a big bull red, but it kept breaking the surface and thrashing about up top. My guest worked the fish to perfection and soon pulled the shark to the boat for a careful release. The tide slowed to a stop and without moving water fishing gets really tough, so we decided to head back to the dock. Will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Fishing Report – 5/27/2024

Windy and hot today in the Delacroix marsh. Could not effectively fish the areas I have been working for trout due to the westerly winds, so we tried some different spots. The trout were slow and small today, so we shifted gears and headed to the shorelines for redfish. We got on the reds in the 18-25″ class. These fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged. We kept on them until my guests wilted under the heat the oppressive heat and were sunburned. Decided to call it a day early. Will be back at it again this week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Fishing Report – 5/21/2024

A little breezy this morning as we headed East into the Delacroix marsh. My game plan was to hit spots that are good for incoming tide trout bite. It was a little rougher than I anticipated crossing the lake, so I diverted to a protected bayou with a little less wave energy. We got on fish right away, but the wrong species – catfish, were mauling our offerings of live shrimp carolina rigged. The hunt was on as we took off to find some better action. We hit a couple of other spots to find trout, but they were too small. We headed to a point in a large lake and set up where we could fish the shoreline for reds and work the tidal current on the point for trout. The trout spot yielded more small trout, but the reds were ganged up on the shore line. We caught a pile of nice reds in the 18-25″ class on the live shrimp. Still thinking trout, we hit a large lake and set up on a submerged reef. The trout started right away, but had to wade through small ones to get some to hit the ice chest. The larger trout wanted artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We picked away at the trout until the Black Drum crashed the party and worked my guest around the boat before we were able to land the fish. We kept at it until we ran out of live shrimp and decided to take it to the house. The trout were tough today, but the reds and drum made sure that my guests went home with plenty of fish. Beautiful weather this week, get out and get you some! Good luck out there

Captain Jeff

Delcroix Fishing Report – 5/16/2024

Beautiful sunrise over the Delacroix marsh this morning. Light winds greeted us as we arrived at our first fishing spot. We set up on the edge of the ledge of a deep bayou. Unfortunately, the tide was not moving at all and the fishing action suffered. We tried live shrimp on carolina rigs in the deeper water and along the ledge. We got into 3 different species of catfish, stingrays, small speckled trout and 1 nice red in the 15lb class. We decided to move further out to try and find some moving water. We hit a large lake that has a submerged reef. We set up on the edge of the reef as the tide started rising. We started catching some nice trout in the 13-18″ class. We had to wade through some small trout to get ones that would meet the new regulatory limit. We ran low on live shrimp so I switched the group over to plastic cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The action picked up significantly as the group figured out how to catch them on soft plastics. We had a good number of fish and we decided to call it early and headed back to the dock. Great time in Delacroix! Bad weather predicted for the next few days, but will be back at it early next week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Fishing Report – 5/1/2024

One stop shopping this morning in the Delacroix marsh. We headed out this morning into a light breeze to chase speckled trout and redfish. My first spot was occupied by a very early rising fisherman so off to Plan B. We it a deep bayou that drains into a shallow lagoon. The tide was falling at a pretty good clip so we tackled up with heavier weights and found the fish glued to the bottom in the strong current. The first cast yielded a 18″ redfish on live shrimp carolina rigged. The next casts with the live shrimp brought in catfish. We switched to soft plastic cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads and started picking up speckled trout in the 14-18″ class. The actions increased as the tidal current slowed. We kept picking away until the bull reds moved in. After catching a couple of bulls in the 25 lb class, the trout scattered. The wind picked up and the boat position moved slightly and we had to change our bait presentation. It took a little while to figure out the new twitch, but were able to get the fish back on the feed. We finished up the trout limits and were back at the dock before noon. The good fishing the the Delacroix marsh continues. We will be back after them. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Fishing Report – 4/20/2024

Busy Saturday on the Island. Traffic was bad, long lines at the bait store, lots of boats trying to find some fish – guess the word is out that it is on in Delacroix. We decided to go further out to get away from the hoards of fishermen. We made the long run out to a deep bayou with a shallow flat in the bend of the bayou. Looked perfect, set up and first casts gaff top sail catfish and hardhead catfish galore. Then the gnats descended and started chewing on us. “Cats and Gnats” is not the way to start the day. We made a run to try some other spots in the area without luck as the tide slowed to nothing on a tide turnaround day. We were able to pick up a few trout and reds working shoreline points with wind driven water movement. Decided to take it back inside and hope for more significant water movement and fish activity. Set up out in the middle of a lake thinking that the wind would push the water and trigger a fish bite. The idea worked as we started to get some action on trout. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged, They started off small, 10-12″ with all being carefully released, but soon the larger fish 14-18″ moved in and we caught them up until a Bull Redfish decided to get in on the action. These fish are a hoot to catch on light tackle equipment! The fish took us around the boat twice, under the stake pole, right at the motor lower unit, around the swim platform and finally into the net. This fish was 30 lbs. and was released to fight another day after pictures, smiles and high fives! Usually a big red fish fight will kill the trout bite as the trout go from predator to prey quick, but they did not stop biting. We kept filling the chest until we ran out of live bait and took it to the house with smiles on our faces. Good day under trying conditions. Will be back at it next week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 4/19/2024

Got a late start this morning, it was a zoo at the live bait store. Finally got a bait well full of beautiful live shrimp and we headed out to find some speckled trout and redfish. The first spot on my list was already occupied by another boat by the time we arrived, so immediately we were off to plan B. The next spot was a deep bayou that opens up into a small and shallow lagoon. We set up and let the falling tide carry our baits up and into the shallow water of the lagoon. Nice speckled trout and redfish were there and hungry. The trout were in the 15-18″ class want wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial beetles on 3/8 ounce jig heads. The reds were in the 24-32″ class and were released to fight another day. The gnats were bad as we placed the boat a little too close to the grass along the bank. They chewed up our hands until the wind picked up , but by that time the tide had slowed to a trickle and the fish bite did too. We hit a couple of other places without success as we waited for the tidal change without much luck. Once the tide started rising, we set up in a deep canal that crosses a small lake. We got into the trout again as they were eating up the bait as it washed up and into the lake. We tried corks, but the fish were glued to the bottom and wanted the baits lower in the water column. We stayed on this bite until we ran out of live bait and decided to take it to the house with a nice box of fish. Will be back at it again in the morning. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 4/17/2024

Breezy this morning as we headed out in search of speckled trout. Our plan to work the edges of the marsh were foiled due to the brisk SE wind beating up on the shore lines. We opted to stay in the protected waters and found a spot where the falling tide was pulling water out of a small lake and into deeper water. I took a while to figure out the bite, but nice trout in the 14-18″ class started hitting the deck. These fish were suspended right on the drop off and wanted live shrimp on a drop shot and artificial beetles on 3/8 ounce jig heads. We caught the fish working the bait off the ledge and pulling the bait up the ledge. Fish were starting to fill up the ice chest until a 45lb bull red crashed our party and ran up and down the ledge spooking everything until it was released 20 minutes later. Tried another similar conditions spot with the wind at our back and got on the trout again in the 13-16″ class. All was going well until our baits were assaulted by the Bull Reds again. This time the reds were in the 20-25lb class. The fights ran us up and down the drop off and spooked up the trout party. We decided to hit the a spot where a bayou drains into a large lake. It did not take long and we got on trout again. These fish were very small in the 10-13″ class. We decided to call it a day instead of wading through these small fish to get our last few keepers. Good trip in the Delacroix marsh. Will be back at it again this week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Fishing Report – 7/6/2023

Beautiful this morning as we headed into Breton Sound early. Light winds and light chop on the water made for smooth sailing to the outside waters. We stopped at an old abandoned oil well. A strong thunderstorm during the night muddied up the water clarity a bit, but the water was fishable. The tide was rising and there was a little bit of bait around. We started to pick up speckled trout in the 15-17″ class on artificial cocahoes and live croakers carolina rigged. We stayed with them for a while until the bite fizzled. We hit a couple of submerged reefs in the area, but could not get another bite going. It started to rain, so we headed back to the protection of the marsh. We stopped on the edge and tried a couple of spots with good water movement around points. We picked up some more trout in the 12-13″ class on live shrimp 2′ under corks. When this action faded we hit a couple of spots on the inside to pick up a few more trout. Only specked trout in the box today. We caught a few redfish, but they were undersized and released to grow up. The water salinity is improving which is a good sign that summer fishing will be great! Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff