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Inshore Fishing in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana

Delacroix/hopedale help

I've been on a tug for the past 2 week and am looking to make a trip on my week off. I've never fished the area in the winter and was looking for any help. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
December 24, 2012 at 7:57pm
Secret FormulaProfile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 8:25am
Tug Boat

Reach out to Holy Mackerel, I believe he gets off his boat today and will for sure be headed to Delacroix shortly. HM has got that area wired, and or go to Sweetwater marina down there and Capt. Jack will put you on the fish. Merry Christmas and ARRIVE ALIVE!!!

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e-man (R)Profile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:21am
Hopedale area

Just a lil word of caution. There is a massive front coming through tonight. Winds could be in excess of 60 mph. There will be no water in the marsh so plan on fishing the deeper areas.
Stay safe!

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Hayden HarperProfile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:33am
Appreciated and merry Xmas

Thank you I go to sweet water a lot so ill ask what's been going on. Thanks agains and merry Christmas.

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Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:36am

Yea I was planning on trying oak river but never fished it. I'm not asking for any exact spot but maybe an area to start searching around. If not I completely understand just a very long bayou. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

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e-man (R)Profile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:42am
oak river

I have never fished that area in the winter ,But if you do a search on that area you will find that you may want to fish the points and ledges at the intersections of oak river and the natural bayous.
Try putting your boat on the bank and working the bait up the ledges if you aren't getting bit pulling off the drops.
If all else fails drift and fish the bottom w/ a big enough jig head to keep the bait on bottom.

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trike99Profile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:47am
oak river

start at the s turn ,lots of boats out there fri.

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Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:21pm

After this cold front comes through fishing will be difficult and runnining around in Delacroix will be tricky due to the extremely low water that will follow this front.If you just have to go be extemely cautious of where you are going, one wrong turn and you are stuck..I am not going anwhere near Delacroix for the next few days.Be safe.

The Swamp StallionProfile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 8:50pm
I can help.

On my blog I have a downloadable .kml file that you can open in Google Earth to see routes and fishing spots you can use to get around Hopedale. It is free to use and ready to download.


You can use this file to get a handle on some trout and reds, while using my other articles for Scouting to find more.

Use the Google Earth GPS tutorial to help you find some more.

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nightfisherProfile Photo
Posted December 25, 2012 at 9:33pm

Me holy mackerel and John Rucker will be out in delacroix Thursday but not know what were getting into. Know the water will be low and like capt. Kim said one wrong turn and ur stuck like chuck. If u go to delacroix be very cautious!!!!

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Hayden HarperProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:05am

Thank y'all so much for the help. Ill probably give it a shot Friday morning. If its low Ill keep out some of the shallow bays. Hope everyone had a great Xmas and have a great new year.

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Dr. SpotProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:39pm
honey-do time

Good time for honey-dos. There are fish to be had, but only for the experiences and diehards. Most will strike out. And, many of the better places (Muscle Bay, Oak River) requiring going through scary-low bayous. My advice is to wait for the water to warm to 60 and south winds to return. Monitor water levels and water temperature at: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=shbl1

If you do go, try for the reds. They will be stacked up on a shelf somewhere near deep water, and when you find them, its on! They can just be hard to find. Try different spots along Bayou Loutre, which is deep (but stay in the middle when driving!)

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