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The Mississippi River hit peak levels last month resulting in a rise of freshwater in the Delacroix marshes lately. Whenever we see a high river, it certainly shakes things up and makes us have to chase the fish as they react to the river water. Trout and redfish certainly react differently. Trout are not afraid of freshwater by any means but the river water tends to be dirty which trout do not like. So trout tend to avoid areas with higher river water this time of year. Redfish on the other hand are opportunists. What we have seen lately is that the redfish are staging up in places where river water is dumping into the marsh. This is because of the high concentration of shad and mullet in the river water.

The weather has been very mild as of late and our customers are loving it. While many other places in the country as still cold and many lakes are still frozen, Louisiana is well on its way to summer time. Most days lately have been a high of 75 degrees. While there has been a lot of windy days, the fish don’t seem to mind. We have caught fish in 15-20 mph winds without any problem. It’s clear to say that the New Orleans red fishing experience is in full force right now.

The rest of this month should see a lot of changes taking place. Fish will begin concentrating on the outer edges of the marsh. Trout are heading out to spawn and redfish will begin schooling up. Our guides have experienced this seasonal pattern many years in a row and they know exactly what to do this time of year. If charter fishing New Orleans is something you are considering then April is the month to book.

Don’t let another day pass without booking your <a href='http://www.la-charters.com' target='_blank'>Louisiana charter fishing</a> trip with us. We have clean boats ready to go with top quality equipment and experienced guides.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

April 04 at 10:05am

This is the time of year that separates the professional guides from the average angler. Sure, you can luck into a good fish pattern every few days in February and March but for the most part, the fish are very scattered. What’s happening is the redfish and trout’s annual transition of their winter patterns into their summer patterns. These period of the year has fish that are hard to predict and can change their location on a daily basis. Couple that with the occasional cold front and add in a high Mississippi River and you have a boat load of adversity facing you before your clients even step on your boat. Luckily, our professional guides here at LFC have played this game before. We are not out just to catch fish like the average angler- we have to find fish for our clients on a daily basis because our fishing trips New Orleans style happen everyday.

Truth be told, there is no silver bullet when conditions get tough and fish are scattered. The best thing we can do is dip into years of experience and rely on each other. As guides we ofter work together. We spread out and relay information on what gets the fish biting. It’s just what we have to do to provide our clients with the New Orleans fishing experience they came looking for.

One of our guides, Capt. Corey Gradwohl has been getting out of the stiff winds lately but ducking off in canals and fishing grass lines along the canal banks. This pattern produces a few redfish each stop but he doesn’t stick around very long. He also looks for clean water which is a bit hard to find right now due to the very high Mississippi River levels. When the river gets this high, it dirties up the water in the marsh and makes fish spread out even more.

Don’t let any of that stop you from booking a trip this month. We are professionals and we will put you on fish. It might take a little longer, but we do this every day and <a href='https://la-charters.com/fishing-guides/' target='_blank'>redfish charters Louisiana</a> fishing is our specialty. Besides, the weather is beautiful in Louisiana during the spring and what’s wrong with a little extra time out on the water?

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
504-669-1263
www.la-charters.com

March 13 at 12:52pm

The winter is over here at Louisiana Fishing Charters and Spring has arrived. The trees are turning green again and the fish have heated up their transition into the Spring patterns at this Louisiana charter fishing service. Our clients are having a blast catching fish in super nice weather. In the morning, temps are in the 60’s and then they heat up to the 70’s by mid-day.

We are fishing the outer edges of the marsh for redfish. We are also experiencing an awesome run of black drum. We are fishing current lines away from the shore line in 4-5 feet of water. This is the same pattern you would normally fish for speckled trout. We are using corks with 2.5 ft leaders and market shrimp.

The black drum is a cool species and tastes just as good as his cousin the redfish. Some folks will say that black drum are harder to clean but when you fish with LFC we do all the cleaning for you! The black drum also fights just as hard if not harder than the redfish and you can cook them any way that you would normally cook a redfish.

February and March can be some of the toughest times to fish in Delacroix because the fish are constantly on the move as they transition to new areas and patterns. We’d definitely recommend fishing with a Louisiana fishing guide to see how we handle the adversity this time of year.

We are also having a blast with our bowfishing charters. This is a cool new redfish guide Louisiana service that we are offering. It’s a big challenge and a great opportunity to experience the nightlife here in Delacroix.

Also, crawfish are back in season and if you stay with us we can arrange a crawfish boil if you like. We have a full <a href='http://www.la-charters.com' target='_blank'>service lodge and smaller cabins</a> available for our charter guests.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charter.com
504-669-1263

February 27 at 1:42pm

Louisiana Fishing Charters recently hosted our friends from Mossy Oak on a 2 day blast and cast adventure. I have fished charters with Mossy Oak’s VP of Media Productions, Kevin Tate in the past. This time though, Kevin came down to Delacroix to get some work done for Mossy Oak. Mossy Oak is releasing their new camo pattern “Elements” and Kevin wanted LFC to help them get some photos and videos of Elements.

This awesome new release is a family of patterns utilizing the three core elements of the natural world - earth, water and wind - at their most basic levels. Kevin brought down their Elements pattern “AGUA” as it is designed for spending time on the water. The goal was to collect photos and video that they could use on their website, social media, and also to film an episode for their new show Mossy Oak’s Country Roots that will air later this year. We had a blast and although the ducks were reluctant to cooperate, the fish showed up big.

“I didn’t know a better place on earth than with Randall Shaw to get the content we needed. He’s a guy who will put you on fish for every conceivable minute he can. We fished two days and caught a bunch of fish. Our rods were bent the whole time” Kevin Tate said of his trip with LFC.

They key to out success on this trip was paying attention to the water levels. It’s been a pretty cold winter so far with a good amount of cold fronts blowing through. That has dropped the water levels and we took the Mossy Oak crew to catch fish in the bigger lakes. The awesome thing was the fish kept getting bigger and bigger!

We are looking forward to helping Mossy Oak promote the new Elements pattern. It will be available printed on Huk breathable fishing shirts coming soon.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

February 06 at 4:22pm

What a winter it has been in Delacroix! We recently saw water temps drop down to 33 degrees and air temps got to 16 degrees. That’s been unheard of in our part of the country for a long time. There were a few days we had to cancel due to this weather but whenever possible we took our clients out. We don’t cancel unless we really have to and if our clients are brave enough to fight the cold, we are going to work our butts off to put them on fish. We know they came down to Delacroix for New Orleans red fishing and we will go as long as conditions are safe.

Luckily we have a few tricks up our sleeve when the temps drop this low. We know that redfish like to gather in deep holes to find warmer temps near the bottom. They hunker down in the mud on the bottom. We know this because we catch redfish with leaches on their bellies from sitting on the bottom. That’s not something you see everyday in NOLA fishing!

Another thing that helped the fishing during these cold spells was the drop in water levels. At normal and high water levels, redfish can spread out all over the marsh. But when the water empties out of the marsh the fish have to go where there is water. With water levels close to three feet below normal level, the only places that held water were the bays and bayous. This made targeting redfish easier than normal, and we stuck it to them!

As a <a href='http://www.la-charters.com' target='_blank'>charter fishing New Orleans</a> operation, we are very lucky to have mild winters. Even when we do have these cold snaps they don’t last long. As of right now the temps have gotten back into the 50’s and 60’s and the fishing is absolutely on fire. The water still has not returned to a normal level so there are big schools of redfish in all the majors bays and lakes in Delacroix.

January 24 at 7:05pm

Louisiana fishing is at its finest during the fall. Ok maybe the Spring. Or the summer. Well our winters are pretty good too. But certainly the fall is one of our favorites. We finally start getting a few cool fronts in late October. With comfortable temperatures and hungry fish feeding up for the winter, it?s easy to fall in love with fall fishing in Louisiana.

Louisiana charter fishing guides love the months of October, November, and December because schools of fish move into the interior marshes to feed on shrimp that have travelled in from the Gulf of Mexico. Redfish will form big schools that can often result in catching a fish on every cast. Trout form even bigger schools and move into the interior marshes chasing shrimp. Duck hunters are in their glory as they can shoot their game in the morning and catch their fish in the afternoon.

At LFC this month we will be focusing on finding bayous with 5 foot of water or more with a shallow shelf that comes up to about 2 feet. A few days after a cold front you can find trout move up on these shallow flats off the bayous. The shallow water lets them get closer to the sunlight. We also like to look for flocks of seagulls feeding on shrimp. Our clients who come down on a New Orleans fishing charter love the non-stop action when we get on a flock of birds.

The name of the game right now is popping corks and live shrimp. Plastics work well too but we love to give our clients the absolute BEST chance at success so we always bring live shrimp. There will certainly be days where the plastic will outmatch the shrimp though. Don?t be afraid to try both.

If you are looking for <a href='http://www.la-charters.com' target='_blank'>fishing trips New Orleans</a> style please give us a call. This November will be off the charts and we don?t want to you to miss it. Captai

Captain Randall Shaw

Louisiana Fishing Charters

Delacroix, LA

www.la-charters.com

504-669-1263

November 01, 2017 at 7:30pm

We are trying a little different kind of fishing this September at Louisiana Fishing Charters....Alligator Fishing!!

That's right. In addition to slamming the redfish and trout, we are now offering guided alligator hunts in Louisiana. Our first few hunts are off to a bang with an 8 footer, a 10 footer and an 11 footer all taken.

This is such an exciting sport. We set lines and take our hunters right to the action. The fight with a gator gets intense when you start tugging on the line he's caught on. Our experienced guides help you harvest the trophy gator you've always dreamed of.

Don't wait to experience this hunt of a lifetime. Book now. We also have lodging available at our Pelican Roost Resort all located in Delacroix, LA.

For pricing and details call Captain Randall 504-669-1263

September 06, 2017 at 9:52am

Most of the time when we operate redfish charters here at Louisiana Fishing Charters, we are able to locate an area where the fished are staged up and we pick them off as they pass through that area. We use our years of knowledge to give our clients the right bait, equipment, and boat position to catch the fish. The fight with a redfish can be violent as he tugs on your line, never willing to give up. However, we usually don’t get to see the fish unless they are actively feeding or when they finally take the bait.

Recently we had a chance to visually observe a school of redfish while out on a scouting trip. If I do not have a charter for a few days, I like to go ride around and visually look for schools of fish that I can take my clients to later on. It’s one of the things I do as a redfish guide Louisiana style.

On this particular day we covered a lot of ground and found one school of fish in a shallow pond where the water was somewhat dirty. We took a few pictures of those fish, but the water clarity left a lot to be desired.

We ran around a good bit after that and didn’t see much. I decided to run to an area that I knew had clean water but wasn’t so sure about the fish. When I shut down the motor, the water was crystal clear and it wasn’t long before we started seeing reds.

Before long, we came up on a pack of at least 40 redfish. There is really no good way I can think to describe the heart pounding feeling you get when you see something like this in action. If you have any experience with redfish you know how much fun they are to catch and when you see a big group of them, it’s like staring at a buffet when you haven’t eaten in days.

We didn’t catch but a few of them, just to test their temperament. As it turns out they were not super aggressive, but we were able to study how they move as a group and what their patterns were for that time of day and in those conditions. I took some clients back to that school of fish the next day and they had a blast catching them all morning long.

I?d be happy to take sight fishing charters for your next <a href='http://www.la-charters.com' target='_blank'>New Orleans fishing</a> trip if you want to try your hand at catching redfish that you can see. Keep in mind, that would not be a trip for beginners as it requires some skill to cast a lure in the right place for the fish to eat it.

Captain Randall Shaw

Louisiana Fishing Charters

Delacroix, LA

www.la-charters.com

504-669-1263

August 21, 2017 at 1:52pm

The time for catching specks is now. The tide has been good and the winds have been down, We’ve had primarily Southeast winds at 5-10 mph for the last week or so. If you’re looking to start your search for trout, these are the conditions you need to look for. The main way to catch them is with live bait hooked to kale hook under a cork or on the bottom with 1/4 to 1/2 oz weight depending on current. The trout run seems to be later than normal this year and should last through August.

Redfish are all through the marsh. It’s been pretty light winds lately so getting around and staying quiet in the shallows has been much easier than when we were having big winds. Water levels are currently a little low. This means that fish are out of the ponds and schooled up good in all the bigger lakes. As a Louisiana Charter Fishing guide, we love to see our clients experience these schools of fish for the first time.

We always use live shrimp with our clients unless they request to use chasing baits. If you prefer to use artificial for redfish right now, we’d recommend spinner baits, spoons, chatterbaits. Whether you fish with live bait or artificial, your trip for <a href='https://la-charters.com/about-us/' target='_blank'>New Orleans Red Fishing</a> will be a blast.

To locate redfish in those bigger lakes, look for them along the banks. The fish are cruising up and down banks in groups of 5s and 10s. They have been feeding on shad, finger mullet, and porgies so be sure to look for schools of baitfish. Take it from this Louisiana fishing guide, if you find a school of baitfish and no redfish, it’s time to try a new area.

We are entering the warmest part of the year right now. We highly recommend fishing during first 4-5 hours of morning and the last 3-4 hours of the afternoon. If you get out at daybreak and head to the large lakes you will find redfish. Head to the outside for the trout.

July 10, 2017 at 4:57pm

The time for catching specks is now. The tide has been good and the winds have been down, We’ve had primarily Southeast winds at 5-10 mph for the last week or so. If you’re looking to start your search for trout, these are the conditions you need to look for. The main way to catch them is with live bait hooked to kale hook under a cork or on the bottom with 1/4 to 1/2 oz weight depending on current. The trout run seems to be later than normal this year and should last through August.

Redfish are all through the marsh. It’s been pretty light winds lately so getting around and staying quiet in the shallows has been much easier than when we were having big winds. Water levels are currently a little low. This means that fish are out of the ponds and schooled up good in all the bigger lakes. As a Louisiana Charter Fishing guide, we love to see our clients experience these schools of fish for the first time.

We always use live shrimp with our clients unless they request to use chasing baits. If you prefer to use artificial for redfish right now, we’d recommend spinner baits, spoons, chatterbaits. Whether you fish with live bait or artificial, your trip for

July 10, 2017 at 4:51pm

Kids are out of school now and if you want to get them away from their cell phones, ipads, and televisions, bring them down to Delacroix on a fishing trip. The redfish are on fire and the trout bite has been good as well. We are traveling pretty far South these days to find the schools of fish. This is great because you can combine a redfish and a trout trip in one. We are using live shrimp as we always do and recommend that you use it if at all possible. Live shrimp under a popping cork is simply the most effective way to catch inshore fish. It can really make the difference on a tough day of fishing when tides and weather are not in your favor. Not everyone has to use live bait to catch, but in the opinion of this Louisiana fishing guide, it is hard to beat.

The Southern areas we are fishing are Lake Campo, Bay Lafourche and even Black Bay. The key for trout has been to find the oyster reefs and redfish have been coming off of points with moving water but also other places where there is hard bottom or oyster shells near the bank. Our customer who book a Louisiana charter fishing with us have enjoyed the early morning boat rides to the outside. You definitely want to get going as early as possible to beat the heat.

One fun thing about this time of year is the added bonus of sheepshead and drum to our daily limits. This species are mixed in with the redfish and trout and the never turn down a shrimp. If you head to the areas we are talking about you should be able to find drum and sheep as well.

Summertime Louisiana Fishing has way more positives than negatives. We usually have good tide movement and no more cold fronts so the water levels tend to stay normal unless we get a prevalent west wind. Don’t let your kids get too lost in tech land this summer. Get them outdoors and get them fishing. If you don’t have a boat, don’t know where to go, or just want someone to do the work for you while you enjoy the trip, consider booking your next
<a href='https://la-charters.com/contact-us/' target='_blank'>New Orleans Fishing Charter</a> experience with us.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

June 16, 2017 at 1:49pm

We have been catching our fish mostly on the outer areas of the marsh where big open bays lead out to Breton Sound. Shrimp are the primary food of choice for hungry redfish and the only way we can get them to bite is with live shrimp under a cork. The cold front a couple weeks ago dropped water levels and pushed fish far off the bank but as the water rises back to normal levels, redfish will start to cruise the banks again.

When redfish spend a lot of time in the sunlight they turn bright orange. We have plenty of these redfish that gather in the shallow flats all around Delacroix. So much of the marshland that existed before Katrina was turned into large shallow ponds. Here is where you will find fun sight fishing action. Try to look for shallow flats off of deeper 4-6 foot channels. Fish will position on these flats throughout the day. As a Louisiana fishing guide, this is such a fun way to target redfish.

With the summer patterns now taking effect, book your <a href='https://la-charters.com/fishing-prices/' target='_blank'>New Orleans Fishing Charter</a> with us soon. Summer is such a cool time to catch redfish and we have them figured out. The heat cranks up pretty good in the middle part of the day, so we leave the dock as early as we can to fish in the most comfortable part of the day. Fishing everyday helps us to offer our customers this luxury. You won't have to go looking for fish and spending the coolest hours of the morning on the chase. We have them dialed in and we will take you right to the action.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com

June 06, 2017 at 10:49am

As the earth continues to tilt our hemisphere towards the sun, we have longer daylight hours and temperatures rise along with those changes. In many ways, these annual patterns signal changes for the inshore species we catch. Speckled trout will move to the outer edges where our marshes meet with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Slot sized redfish will remain in the marshes but their positions will change relative to tides and changes in wind direction.

Right now in Delacroix, the trout are a little bit ahead of their normal pattern for this time of year. We have been catching them on the outside for quite some time now. Live shrimp at the rigs and exterior islands is the ticket. Our customers have enjoyed going after the spawning trout on their Louisiana charter fishing trips.

The redfish have been a bit of a head scratcher lately. We had some cold fronts a couple weeks ago and the northwest winds associated with those fronts pushed water levels pretty low. There hasn’t really been a strong enough southeast wind to push the tide back up yet. What this did to the redfish is pretty interesting. Typically we can find reds stacked up in the grassy ponds stretching all the way back towards the Mississippi River. However, when the tide fell out this left the shallow ponds with little water and plenty grass. When this happens the grass sucks the oxygen out of the water and the extra exposure to the sun helps the grass grow up even thicker so many of our redfish ponds were left unfishable lately because the grass is too thick.

To find redfish we had to search the outer edges of the marsh where it opens up into big bays. From there you can find current points and oyster reefs and pick off your redfish. Once the tide gets back to normal it should fill up the shallow ponds again and we will see reds start to trickle back in. These are some of the aspects of Louisiana fishing that you have to pay attention to be successful.

If you’re looking for a
<a href='https://la-charters.com/fishing-prices/' target='_blank'>New Orleans fishing charter</a> this summer we can show you a good time and put you on plenty fish.

Capt. Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
la-charters.com

May 16, 2017 at 3:55pm

As our earth continues to tilt its northern hemisphere towards the sun, we have longer hours of daylight and temperatures also rise along with those changes. These annual patterns signal changes for the inshore species we catch as well. Speckled trout will move to the outer edges where the marsh meets the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Slot sized redfish will remain in the marsh but their positions will change with the tides and wind direction.

Right now in Delacroix, the trout are a little bit ahead of their normal pattern. We have been catching them on the outside for quite some time now. Live shrimp at the rigs and exterior islands is the game. Our customers have enjoyed catching trout this way on their Louisiana charter fishing trips.

The redfish have been a bit of a mystery lately. We had a couple cold fronts two weeks ago and the northwest winds associated with those fronts pushed water levels pretty low. There hasn’t really been a strong enough southeast wind to push the tide back up yet. We are still figuring out what this did to the schools of redfish. Usually we can find reds stacked up in the shallow ponds stretching all the way back towards the Mississippi River. However, when the tide fell, it left the shallow ponds with little water and plenty grass. When this happened, the grass sucked the oxygen out of the water and the extra exposure to the sun helps the grass grow up even thicker and many of our redfish ponds were left unfishable because the grass is too thick.

To find redfish we had to search the outer edges where it opens up into big bays. From there you can find current points and oyster reefs to catch your redfish. Once the tide gets back to normal it should fill up the grassy ponds again and we will see reds start to come back in. These are some of the aspects of Louisiana fishing that you have to pay attention to be successful.

If you’re looking for a <a href='https://la-charters.com/fishing-prices/' target='_blank'>New Orleans fishing charter</a> this summer we can show you a good time and put you on plenty fish.

Capt. Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
la-charters.com

May 16, 2017 at 3:49pm

Right now in Delacroix, Louisiana the redfish are more aggressive than the security team on a United Airlines flight. The annual transitional movement of bait around the marsh has these fish fired up. The water is clean in many areas due to a strong Southeast wind last week and that makes the fishing a whole lot easier. This is the kind of Louisiana charter fishing that we live for.

We are finding <a href='http://la-charters.com/springtime-redfish-louisiana/'>Redfish</a> along the broken edges of large bays and lakes. Since it has been so windy lately we are positioning our boats so that we can cast with the wind. I like to find a good windblown island and have my customers cast out about 10-15 yards off the island. We are using Boat Monkey Float corks because they create so much action on the water’s surface. Sometimes the fish like a lot of popping action and sometimes they like for the bait to sit still. You will just have to try different techniques until something works better than the other.

The key to locating the fish is obviously clean water. Another thing I am looking for is patches of milfoil grass. Redfish love to use the milfoil as an ambush point for minnows,crabs, and shrimp. Once you find an area you are confident in be sure to sit for at least 10 minutes. I have noticed that it’s been taking a while for the schools to notice the action of the popping corks. Once they do however, we have been catching on average 10 redfish on each island, so be sure to fish for a while once you get a few bites.

Another thing to consider if you’re coming to Delacroix this week is that gnats have made their annual appearance. be sure to bring a good gnat repellant such as Cajun Mist or Amber Romance. The typical OFF for mosquitoes is really not the best spray for gnats and those little suckers can ruin a fishing trip in a hurry if you don’t protect yourself against them. New Orleans red fishing can be a lot more enjoyable if you take this into account.

As the wind continues to lay down, fishing should stay consistent. If you’re coming down to Delacroix and need lodging be sure to check out our Pelican Roos Lodge and Fishing Cabins. Our accommodations are unmatched by any other place in Southeast Louisiana. And if you want to try a redfish guide Louisiana style, we can help you with that as well.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

April 18, 2017 at 11:28am

There’s a common misconception that Louisiana charter fishing is best during May and June. While May and June are just about sure shots, this year March and April have exceeded expectations. I think it has something to do with the warm winter we had. Since water temperatures never got to really cold levels, the fish have started their transitions early and they are actively feeding as they move about the marsh and the gulf.

What’s driving the redfish boom right now is the big movement of mullet schools into the marsh. They are leaving the open Gulf and swimming to the marsh. The hungry redfish follow behind. We recently caught my biggest redfish ever. The mighty fish was 42 inches and weighed over 30 pounds. Typically a fish like this spends most of its time in the open Gulf, but this one must have followed schools of mullet to the marsh. If you are coming to Delacroix to fish, look for the big schools of mullet and there you will find the redfish.

Although the phenomenal fishing is making it easy for us, we never get too comfortable. We actively track and follow schools of fish to give our clients the best chance at having an awesome day of fishing. We have figured out that schools of trout are already on the outside edges where the marsh turns into the open waters of Black Bay. You can come to New Orleans redfishing but we'd also recommend trout fishing when they are thick like they are now. That’s why we spend so much time on the water- so we can be tuned into what schools of trout and redfish are doing at any given time.

It’s a good time to be a Louisiana fishing guide. The weather is comfortable and it hasn’t gotten to be really hot yet. The redfish and trout are actively feeding and higher salinities create a lot of clean water right in the marsh. Delacroix is definitely on fire and you don't want to miss this.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263
info@la-charters.com

April 05, 2017 at 8:27am

We keep saying it, but the perfect time to fish with us is this month. It has been an exceptional spring so far. With mild weather all day and feisty fish all over the marsh, Spring is the perfect time to come on a Louisiana charter fishing trip with us.

Water levels have been low which means the fish are stacked up in places that are holding water. As the water falls out of the shallow ponds and into the bays, bait empties out with it. Redfish and other species know this and they wait in places where the water drains from of the marsh.

A recent trip we had was a perfect example of this. We anchored up at the mouth of a channel where it empties into a large lake and connects to shallow ponds on the other end. The tide was falling out of the ponds and bait was too. We sat in this spot and caught redfish and largemouth bass one after the other. It was really cool to see what species might be next as they are both aggressive and they were attacking our live shrimp.

That’s been one of the awesome changes to see over the years that the largemouth bass population has grown at an exponential rate. We aren’t known to produce any lunkers, but if you are looking for a fun day of catching redfish and bass on the same trip, we have plenty of opportunities for that. If you'd like to see what kind of unique fishing trips New Orleans has to offer then please consider booking a trip with us.

The next few months are going be a fun time for South Louisiana. Crawfish are nearing their peak production months and there's nothing better than a plate of boiled crawfish. Jazz Fest is not far away too and if you’re attending the fest in New Orleans fishing charter could be a fun activity to add to your itinerary.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
www.la-charters.com
(504) 669-1263

March 22, 2017 at 4:02pm

Man what a Spring it has been so far. We had some prevalent Southeasterly winds for a while there. While it did raise overall water levels in the marsh and spread fish out, it also pushed in a lot of clean water with higher salinity. It’s so fun when you can get a good look at the redfish in that cleaner water and they turn a beautiful bronze color with the extra exposure to the sun.

I’ll be the first one to say that the spring patterns have started early this year. We seem to be running a month ahead of schedule. If you are coming to New Orleans fishing should be on your list of things to do for this Spring.

What typically happens in the Spring is that redfish start to transition from the interior marshes to the outer bays. Since we spend so much time on the water we are able to track them as they move around. They won’t be in one place for long but as a Louisiana fishing guide it is my duty to figure out where they are on any given day.

I recently had a father and two sons on board. We enjoyed some super comfortable weather and the redfish were coming in the boat all day long. To locate them I try to find pinch points where they might be traveling from one bay to the next. As is normal in the springtime, we get quite a few windy days, but our bay boats are built for comfort and fishing so we don’t have any problems dealing with the wind. Honestly, windy days can be awesome and some of the most comfortable of the year. You might even have to bring a jacket if you fish with us this Spring!

The bottom line is that you should not wait to book your trip. Now is the time. The fish have started early and it will only get better from here. If you’ve ever wondered what fishing trips New Orleans has to offer, give us a call and book yours now.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Dleacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

March 14, 2017 at 5:23pm

Now that my twin sons have been born, it’s time to get back to the business of catching fish. Having my first two children has been an eye opening experience and it has made me even more determined to offer the most professional charter service Louisiana has to offer. I look down at those two little guys and I know for sure that I have to work hard to make their lives great. I am very blessed.

Now let’s talk about redfish. I have been a Louisiana fishing guide for long enough now to know the habits of redfish. My favorite thing to do for my customers is to find big schools of redfish in the marshes of Delacroix. I like to fish schools because my customers can often catch a few at a time. It’s a cool feeling to watch people experience this for the first time. There’e lots of hooping and hollering as everyone’s rod is bent over fighting these mighty redfish. They really are at the top of the food chain when it comes to hard fighting inshore species.

One of the details I also pay attention to is the wear and tear these redfish put on my equipment. When you are a redfish guide in Louisiana you have to have equipment that can stand up to the long fights these fish put up. When my rods and reels get to the point that they can’t handle it anymore, I get new ones. The last thing we want here at Louisiana Fishing Charters is for a client to lose the fish of a lifetime because our equipment is not up to par.

For redfish I actually prefer 2500 size reels rather than 3000 or 4000. We just tend to loosen the drag a little. I like this size reel because it can double up for trout and when you put 30lb braided line on it, you can still fight redfish and get them in. I also like 2500 size reels because of how well they cast.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

March 03, 2017 at 9:34am

Lots of redfish are still biting here in Delacroix, LA. The early morning bite has not been much. The bite has been picking up later in the day as the water warms up. Because of all the dirty water in Delacroix right now I am using dead shrimp to attract fish. I find the dead shrimp emit more smell than the live do, so I am using the fish's sense of smell against him rather than his sense of sight. The water clarity has been too poor for fish to see very far.

If you're going to be heading to Delacroix anytime soon, try an afternoon if you can. The warm air temps and sunlight warm up the water and fish feed more actively during this time.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.La-Charters.com

February 13, 2017 at 1:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Post Front Fishing in response to a report titled: Post Front Fishing

A few things I would try are matrix shads, dead shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig head with no cork and gulp. Hope that helps you next time on the water.

January 30, 2017 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Capt Payne in response to a report titled: Sweetwater Marina, Capt. Jack

I have fished for captain jack many of times and have also put my customers and my wife in his lodging many of times. As far as my views I think it's one of the best out there.He is the first one to make it right if its a bad day.

August 08, 2013 at 8:13pm
A comment titled: Fishing Areas in response to a report titled: Best area for small boat

I would take a good look into Delacroix. Great Redfish and Drum on the inside in summer and every once and a while you will find some keeper trout. Now when the fall comes its a different story, trout are very thick and redfish seem to be a lot bigger. I once was fishing a redfish circuit and one tournament in Delacroix was all it took for me to make it home.

July 23, 2013 at 8:48am
A comment titled: charter trip in response to a report titled: Fall Charter

Take a look at Delacroix. the trout and reds are gret that time of the year.

July 18, 2013 at 8:55am
A comment titled: rods in response to a report titled: Baitcasters

take a look at castaway rods. I think the best value out there and right now there on sale due to them getting ready to launch an entire new line of rods.

July 18, 2013 at 8:53am
A comment titled: line choice in response to a report titled: Braid or Monofilament

when it comes to trout I agree with capt kim mono is the way to go, not having any give will rip the mouth more. Could be the difference between 10 trout or 30 trout. Now reds you will land more fish with braid(super stick is great).I don't know about not pulling back hard, when the trout hits the bait he needs a little give on the strike not to rip his mouth on his own not even counting the hook set.

July 11, 2013 at 11:35am
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