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  • Red Fish Slam Delacroix
    Peter and I left out of Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix this morning and headed to Alligator Pass where we immediately got into the redfish using Versa Max corks with live and dead shrimp. Many throw‐back under sized fish encountered. We moved from there and headed to the Pencil Canal picking up a few more reds. Best spot with non‐stop action came at the area of Skippy Lake at Oak River where we limited out on reds and threw back an addition 15 or more. Topping off the ice chest were one black bass, a bunch of white bass, and a few flounders. Plenty freshwater throughout the area but it had good clarity.
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    • Delacroix Mixed Bag Slam

      Peter and I left out of Delacroix this morning under clear skies and calm winds armed with live and fresh shrimp. Alligator Pass was out first stop and there was nothing happening in the area including not seeing many alligators as we normally would. We left that area and headed toward Oak River via the Pencil pipeline where we got into not-stop redfish and plenty white bass. Carolina rig was the ticket baited with live or fresh shrimp. We threw back many under sized redfish, but limited out on them. The box at end of trip boasted 40 white bass, 3 black bass, 4 freshwater cats and 1 large flounder. River water abounded throughout the whole area, evidenced by the freshwater species aforementioned. There were only a few boats out today in comparison to prior trips here.

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      • Dularge Guide Trip

        Yesterday I hired a guide to get to learn the Dularge area, which I really haven’t fished before. The guide service was Bayou Guide service which has a very good reputation for catching trout and redfish. Captain Bill Lakes heads up 5 boats. Captain Brady was the guide assigned to me and it was just us two for this trip. I was forewarned that the fishing had recently been off and I could reschedule, but I declined, because I really wanting to learn the area. Weather was extremely calm and awfully hot and the tide was not productive. Fishing the outer coastal areas, we got into a good trout bite, but it was short-lived and we had to move around a lot, picking off a trout or two here and there. We used only various swim baits both on corks and tight line. The gafftopsail cats were intermittently interrupting our efforts. All in all we had a good trip, catching one limit of trout, which is 25 trout. We threw back a good bit of undersized fish.


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        • Port Sulphur solo trip this morning before the rain.
          Fishing lures and live shrimp under cork with dead calm winds. Plenty juvenile trout under dive-bombing seagulls in Bay Ronquille. Got tired of catching and releasing under sized trout. Came in before the rain with 17 trout. The gafftopsail cats drove me nuts.

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          • Freshwater Delacroix Mix Bag Catch

            Wednesday Peter and I left out of Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix and headed out to Oak River area down the Pencil canal. Weather was dead calm under cloudy skies and very clean water. We were armed with live and fresh shrimp and various artificial soft plastics. Long story short, the water throughout the area is drinking water. Not salt content. We caught a pile freshwater cats, redfish (a number of throw back, under size ones too), one giant flounder, several black bass, some white bass and plenty of disappointment with the speckled trout being devoid.

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            • Speck HIT

              Two of us left out of Hopedale to fish the outer areas along the coast where reports had it fish are on the move to the inside areas. Armed with live shrimp it took awhile before the bite started using popping corks fished 3 ft down. Water was extremely high but had decent clarity.
              We caught a nice box of trout but when the heat started to warm the water the fish stopped biting.

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              • Delacroix Mix Catch Bash

                This morning Peter and I left out of Hopedale, La., under calm conditions right before the projected cold front that was scheduled to come the following day. Many boats were seen heading out, more than I remember in a long time. We stop off at Bait Inc to get live shrimp with our sights on fishing the near coastal areas of Black Bay. Our first stop saw many seagulls and boats fishing under them which means trout chasing shrimp to the surface fleeing for their life. We caught trout under these birds but not as fast as we expected. Many nearby boats fishing, but we didn’t witness many fish being caught. We moved deeper into the interior marsh areas and came upon a bunch of frenzied feeding sheepshead and redfish, but a good number of the latter were under sized. We came in with a nice loaded box of mixed fish, beating the rain that was forecasted for the evening.


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                • Bull Red Blast

                  Pat and I went on an overnight trip out of Venice to fish the close in rigs out of SW Pass at night. With the use of my generator and LED lights we tried to work up the trout but the fishing was slow. Next morning we fished a couple other rigs that yielded illegal size snappers and an occasional bull redfish. There were plenty of hard head catfish which was discouraging throughout the trip. It wasn’t until we headed to the mouth of SW Pass where the bull redfish were on fire. We caught our limit and one black tip shark and threw back more than a few other bull redfish as they were all over 27 inches. Was a blast fishing them however.

                  Good fishin’,
                  Jerry LaBella

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                  • Delacroix Trout Solo Trip

                    12/4/2019

                    I left out of Pip’s Place on the Hopedale side of Delacroix and made my way to the Delacroix area crossing Lake Robin to Bayou Terre Boeuf. Many boats out fishing but the fishing started slow and only in a selected spot. Tide was predicted to fall most of the day under very moderate weather conditions but on the cold side temperature wise. I was armed with live shrimp and good thing I had them because once I found the trout bite they wouldn’t touch anything else, including a partially live shrimp or lures. I fished under a cord about 3 ft deep in 4-5 ft. of water around the area of the twin pipeline that connects to a lake. Fish bite was sporadic but working hard and consistent after wasting time trying other spots, I return back to where they were originally biting. I managed to catch a mess of very nice sized specks and a couple of sheepshead-only having to throw back one undersized trout.

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