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 charter fishing New Orleans 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.
Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters