Don’t park when fishing for Delacroix’s fall trout

“Stick and move,” Capt. Chad Dufrene said repeatedly that day. “In the fall months you stick when they bite and move when they quit. And do it all over again until you put a nice box of fish together.”

That’s what we did over the course of the morning, and our box was definitely looking good.

“The basic rule of thumb seems to be 10 to 15 minutes,” Dufrene said. “If you’ve added some nice trout to the tally and the action quits, give it that amount of time to resume.”

But he moves on only when he’s certain he’s seined as many fish as possible.

“Don’t quit a productive spot if you haven’t tried changing baits or tactics,” Dufrene explained. “If they quit hitting the plastics, change colors. Try tandem rigs, try cast-and-retrieve, and try live shrimp. Cast on all sides of the boat — long and shorter casts.

“If nothing happens in 15 minutes, then you move. And you repeat that process again and again.”

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Rusty Tardo grew up in St. Bernard fishing the waters of Delacroix, Hopedale and Shell Beach. He and his wife, Diane, have been married over 40 years and live in Kenner.