Delacroix Fishing is Hot

Boy was it hot on Friday! Both the fishing and the weather. Little to no wind, gnats out in force and pushing 90 degrees made it feel like the middle of summer. The fish did not mind and we caught plenty of them. Speckled trout up to 3 lbs, redfish up to 26″ and some medium sized flounder to top off the ice chest. These fish were caught in the inside deep water holes with adjacent flats, outer shallow water coves and over submerged reefs out in the Sound. The majority of the fish were caught on artificial cocahoes in the smoke color with 3/8 ounce jigheads. We had live bait, but the artificials were producing better. Inside, the fish wanted the bait slow rolled over the oysters up on the flats. The outer coves and the outside reefs produced with a steady retrieve and slow rolling the bottom. The tide was predicted to rise till noon at over 1 foot range, but we did not find any rising water. I guess it was due to the exceptionally high water in the Delacroix marsh right now. The salinities have returned to the inside, but the still seems to be too low for spawning fish around the islands. There are still fish to be caught both inside and outside. Good luck out there!

Good Fishing Despite the High Winds

Good fishing out of the Delacroix marsh in spite of the high winds. The tree tops whipping made it an easy call to avoid the big water this morning. My guests agreed and it was off to search the inner and middle bays and bayous for specks and reds. We were armed with live cocahoes and artificial cocahoes. Our first stop yielded a good mess of trout on the live cocahoes fished carolina rigged on the bottom. Our second stop was where an inner lake empties into Oak River. The specks were smaller, but both artificial and live produced eqaully well on the bottom. We hit a couple of other places along Oak River and each produced some trout, but no mother load. Our last spot was the best, yielding trout, a red and a flounder. All fish were caught on the bottom in 12-20 feet of water. The tide was incoming and the water inside is raelly nice right now. The early week looks good with the latter week looking hot with chances for rain. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Howling Winds and Redfish in Delacroix Marsh

Redfish were the only target today out of the Delacroix marsh. The weatherman was not even close with the forecast. The wind howled out of the SE at 18 knots with 2-3 foot seas on the outside. The water quickly dirtied with the brisk winds and strong incoming tide. We ventured outside, headed to work the shallow rigs for reds, but opted to stay in the outer bays and work the islands and windward coves. This proved to be the ticket to limits of redfish up to 24″. These fish wanted live cocahoes, finger mullet and dead shrimp 2-3 feet under corks. The bait shops on the island were sold out of live bait this morning, so I was lucky to be able to castnet up some live bait at the boat launch in between boat dippings. I was told that a new supply would be arriving this afternoon for Sundays trips. We caught one nice flounder along with the reds. I saw birds working in Bay Gardene, Bay Lafourche and around Belle Island. We did not drift to see what size trout were underneath. Looks like more wind for Sunday. The water was dirty outside, but still looked fine on the inside. Good trout numbers are still in the deep holes on the inside. If you cannot get outside, try the holes for an excellent chance at a trip saver. Good luck out there!

 

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Excellent Fishing in Delecroix Marsh

Excellent fishing action out of the Delacroix marsh today. After some sub par trips during the week due to high winds and dirty water, today was just what the doctor ordered. The speckled trout were in a good feeding pattern all morning. We fed them artificial cocahoes in alvacado and smoke with  red tail colors. These fish were holding on the bottom in 18 feet of water and we needed 3/8 ounce jigheads to get the lures into the strike zone. The fish are still in the deep winter time holes on the inside. You do not need to run way outside right now. The trout were 13-16″ with a few throwbacks. This action slowed and we ventured out to the outer bays looking for redfish action. We worked windward coves and points with live cocahoes 3-4 feet under corks. One break off red and plenty more trout was all we got to show for the run. The water is high in the marsh right now and the reds must be up in the grass. I spotted several different groups of birds west of the islands and gave a couple of drifts. More trout up to 15″ with a few throwbacks. The water looked good everywhere we went, but cloudied up a little in the afternoon. Saturday looks like it will be ideal with light winds and good tides. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Late Start Proves to be a Winner

Good fishing out of the Delacroix marsh today. My guests and I got a late start this morning with the intention of staying later into the afternoon. This proved to be an excellent game plan as the trout and reds really came alive in the afternoon. We spent the morning and early afternoon working the deep holes of the inside and middle bays with minimal results. The outgoing tide stopped and the mid tide lull set in. We ran toward the outside to catch the incoming tide and continued to struggle. We tried live cocahoes, artificial cocahoes on the bottom and under corks, but could not muster more than a couple of fish here and there. The tide started moving well and we vetured back to the middle bays to work the deep winter time holes. Bingo! The trout and reds were ready for us. We worked them over and left them biting. The trout were 14-17″ and the reds were up to 25 lbs. The fish wanted artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The hot color was smoke with a red tail. We tried the live cocahoes and could not get a bite. We positioned up current and worked the lure cross current and down current. The fish wanted the winter twitch and took the lures on the fall or as the bait was left to fall back with the current. The fish sure came alive in the afternoon and made a good day out of one that was shapping up to be fair at best. Look for your fish in the middle bays with deep holes. Fishing the rising tide in the afternoon appears to be hot right now and we all could use to sleep in for a change. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Good Catch of Trout and Redfish

Better weather and fishing conditions lead to a good catch of trout and reds toaday out of the Delacroix marsh. The winds were light out of the SE this morning and built to 15k into the afternoon. The water was much cleaner during the falling tide period, but dirtied as the rising tide pushed the roughed up bay water into the marsh. We got on a good trout bite early with the trout going up to 3.5 Lbs. The trout were located in a middle lake in 10 ft of water. We set up for a cross current presentation and beat the water with artificial cocahoes in alvacado, smoke and purple colors. The 3/8 ounce jighead was the ticket, outfishing the 1/4 in the strong current. Once the tide stopped moving, we moved to Oak River to catch more water movement. The trout were dead on the bottom in 18 ft of water. This action did not last long as the tide quickly waned. Ventured out into the outer lakes to catch the incoming water to find dirty and rough conditions. Tried several areas with no results. We then ran back inside and set up on a pass between two lakes. The trout and reds were active on the bottom in 15-18 ft. We pitched plastics and live cocahoes to pick up our fish. Unfortunately, we had to throw back 1/4 of our trout because they were too small. The reds were up to 12lbs. Things are getting good again! The weather looks good later in the week for fishing and the area is getting back to normal after the last front. Good luck out there this week!

 

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

One Stop Shopping Fishing

Excellent fishing yesterday out of the Delacroix marsh. One stop shopping at the mouth of a shallow inside lake where a bayou empties in. The fish were active in both rising and falling tide situations. The water was very high due to the strong easterly winds the last few days. The redfish and black bass were ganged up against the grass beds and the trout and white bass were in the deeper water of the bayou. All species wanted live shrimp or artificial cocahoes in any color. The reds and black bass wanted the shrimp 2′ under a cork close to the gress beds. The trout and white bass wanted live shrimp on a carolina rig in 12′ of water or the artificial on a 1/4 ounce jighead. All fish were very aggressive and attacked the baits with passion. The fish were very nice with reds up to 22″, black bass up to 5 lbs, white bass up to 2.5 lbs and the trout 14-18″. This pattern should continue, as the water is high, the shrimp are in and the fish are hungry! Look for your fish around the grass beds in the inner lakes. The shrimp are jumping into the grass and are a dead give away to fish feeding activity. Threats of rain and wind in the forecast, but with the protection and proximity of the inner lakes, you can get back to the marina in 10-15 minutes and not take a beating. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Slow Fishing this Weekend

Slow fishing out of the Delacroix marsh this weekend. The remnants of the full moon are still working on the feeding patterns of the fish. The redfish have been cooperative, but the trout have been scarce. We have been catching one to three trout per spot. The trout have been nice size, up to 18″ with few throwbacks. The redfish are sacattered, but not hard to limit with multiple fishing spots. The reds have been going up to 26″ with few throwbacks. All fish have taken live or dead shrimp fished 2-5′ under corks. The water conditions are very fishable, but rather low toward the low tidal ranges. This tends to make the water dingy, but still fishable. There is plenty of bait both inside and outside of the marsh. The trout just do not seem to be interested in feeding after the moon sets in the morning. This week should find the moon effect waning. We need cold fronts to finish the inside migration. Looking forward to a banner fall and winter season! Good luck out there this week.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Inside Fishing Produces Results

Too windy for the outside sow trout trip today so off in search of inside reds and specks. The tide was rising at a pretty good clip until early afternoon. We worked points and cuts in interior bayous looking for redfish. The reds wanted live or dead shrimp 2-3′ under corks. The grass is such a problem on the inside that it made bottom fishing almost impossible. The reds were lurking on the down current side of the points in between the grass patches and the bank. The grass patches typically start about 2-3′ off of the bank. We caught limits of reds 18-22″ and a variety of others including sheepshead, black drum, gafftops and the dreaded hardheads. The interior lakes are holding a fair amount of small trout right now. The trout were 13-15″ with a bunch of throwbacks. The trout wanted live shrimp 2-3′ under corks. Beware of the leg easters! We could not get a trout strike on artificials today. The winds are predicted to stay up for the next couple of days which will make the trek out to Breton Sound iffy at best. There is still plenty of fishing to be done in the protected waters of the inside. There will likely be alot of competition in the duck ponds for redfish with the redfish tour ongoing this weekend out of Chalmette. Good luck to all in the tourney!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

Big Fish Bite in the Delacroix Marsh

Big fish bite this morning out of the Delacroix marsh. It was a little rough out in Breton Sound, but the fish were active. The big sow trout were all 2 – 5 lbs. and fell for our offerings of live shrimp on the bottom and artificial cocahoes slow rolled along the bottom. The artificial outfished the live today. The live shrimp were presented carolina rigged and on jigheads. The hot colors for the artificial lures were alvacado and smoke w/red tail. The trout were subtle in the pickup, but put up quite a fight once hooked. The fish were holding both upcurrent and downcurrent of rigs and wellheads in mid Sound. We worked the fish into a frenzy several different times and had multiple double and triple hookups. Surprisingly, we only lost one trout right at the boat. The bite ended as the seas built up mid morning and we ventured back to the outer bay marsh areas to work some redfish. The reds were scattered, but working windward coves and points paid off with a couple of bulls and a couple of limits of 18″ fish. The black drum and sheepshead were working the drags as well. Live shrimp 2 feet under a cork was the ticket for the redfish action. We only saw a couple of flocks of birds today and the fish were 10-12″. Too small to fool with. The water is nice in the northern and eastern parts of the Sound. The Southern areas are dirty with river water. The weather looks good for the next few days into the weekend. It will be a good time to get out and enjoy some excellent trout/redfish action. Good luck. Thanks Captain Steve!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat