Louisiana’s Inshore Saltwater Fish & Wildlife
Redfish, Delacroix Louisiana
Sight cast to aggressive Redfish, up close and personal with gold spoons, topwaters, and soft plastics. Its common to find schools of up to 50 trophy tailing redfish in only a foot of water. Fly fishermen are welcome too. We fish marshes and canals that are loaded with redfish. Also expect to catch speckled trout, flounder, sheephead and black drum on these trips.
Speckled Trout Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
No one will argue that the speckled trout is one of the premiere game fish in Louisiana! Not only is it great table fare but it is a terrific top water fighter! When hooked, the speckled trout will give you quite a show as it dances & thrashes wildly on the surface as it attempts to regain its freedom. Speckled trout are known by many different names such as spotted sea trout, specks, yellow-mouths, and paper-mouths. “Specks” are found throughout the entire gulf coast & are easily identified. They are silver in color with olive-green tints on the back and numerous small black dots which extend over the dorsal fin and into the tail. The lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw which has two prominent canine teeth. In general, specks have an elongated body with a large mouth.
The diet of speckled trout consists of small crustaceans, shrimp, & small fish such as pogies and croakers. The average size is 14-18″ & weigh 1-3 lbs. Specks like shallow coastal areas near sandy & mud bottoms. South Louisiana has abundant bays and lakes that fit this description. Our estuaries are among the best throughout the entire gulf coast!
Grouper Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
There are many different species of grouper. April is probably the best month, but they are caught year around. Fishing for these species is very similar to snapper fishing. Live or dead bait on the bottom, sometimes a jig may entice them also. It may seem like your reeling in a car, but I promise there will be a fish on the end of the line.
Snapper Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
Red snapper is definitely a staple when fishing Louisiana’s offshore waters. Louisiana hands down has the best red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly the world. Most people are not aware that besides red snapper Louisiana hosts many other species of snapper. Mangrove snapper, lane snapper, vermilion snapper, and queen snapper are just a few of the other snappers you will encounter while fishing in Louisiana.
Flounder Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
An inland fishing charter with LA Charters can provide excellent flounder fishing year round, reaching its peak in the months of October and November.The Louisiana Gulf Coast are flounder central especially during October and November.
Louisiana is well known to provide great flounder fishing. Flounder move out of the current and onto the sand flats to feed on the bait moved around on the flats by the natural ebb and flow of the Mississippi River.
LA Charters follow the current activity of the species and the recent weather conditions to take you to the hottest spots for flounder fishing.
Anglers often catch flounder by accident, not design, while in pursuit of redfish and speckled trout. Flounder will hit many of the same baits or lures used for catching specked trout, redfish, and other fish. Whether you bring in flounder to compliment your other fishing expectations or are pursuing them specifically, flounder can offer fun sport fishing during your trip.
Flounder fish are masters of camouflage and will bury themselves in the sand or mud. They blend perfectly while buried in the sand or mud waiting for anything to swim close enough to feed on. These elusive fish dart instantly form their hiding spots to devour baitfish or passing shrimp with impressive speed for such a strangely shaped fish.
Booking your inland fishing trip with LA Charters, you can easily reach the daily bag limit for flounder which is currently 10 per person.
Black Drum Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
Black drum are heavy-bodied fish with large heads. Fish up to about 15 pounds have 4 or 5 wide vertical black bars set on a silver-gray body. The bars fade as the fish grow larger, eventually disappearing. All sizes of black drum can be identified by the whisker-like barbels under their chin.
Black drum have large heavy pharyngeal teeth in the back of their throat that they use to crush mollusk shells. Young black drum under 8 inches long feed mostly on marine worms and small fish. After 8 inches, they switch their diet to mollusks such as oysters, clams, and mussels. Research has shown that drum captured from oyster reef areas prefer to eat oysters over clams and mussels. Research has also shown that black drum can average eating one oyster per pound of body weight per day.
Feeding black drum swim with their heads slightly lowered, drifting their barbels (chin whiskers) over possible food items. When the barbels touch a food item, the drum stops swimming and inhales in the food item by creating a suction with its gill covers and mouth. The drum slowly swims forward while crushing the food item with its massive pharyngeal teeth. As the food item is crushed, small shell particles fall from the drum’s gills. After finishing, the drum ejects the rest of the shell from its mouth. Black drum can break apart and crush oyster clusters, but seem to select singles for ease of feeding. They feed both during daylight hours and at night, but feeding is less intensive during early morning hours. While feeding, schools of black drum often dredge up the bottom, creating muddy plumes in the water which can be easily seen from the air.
Sheephead Fishing, Delacroix Louisiana
This is an easy fish to identify, with its very broad body, boldly marked with 5-7 wide, grayish-black vertical bars set on a light gray or white background. Any confusion can be set aside by inspecting the teeth, which look a great deal like human (or sheep) incisors. The dorsal and anal fins have large, very sharp spines.
The most interesting thing about sheepshead biology is their food habits. In a nutshell, they eat everything. A study in Texas showed them eating mostly plants and algae with a few crabs. In the Florida Everglades, fish over 3 inches long ate mostly mollusks (mussels, clams, etc) and barnacles. In Mississippi, researchers found that fish 6 to 14 inches long ate mollusks and plants. Larger sheepshead ate mollusks, crustaceans (crabs, etc), bottom worms and quite a bit of fish, mostly anchovies. They did note that when sea grasses or algae were plentiful, that sheepshead will occasionally feed heavily on them. A Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana study showed that by volume, 54% of their diet was plants, 19% mussels, 10% sponges, 8% clams, 3% croakers and other fish, and almost 2% mud crabs. Barnacles and blue crabs made up less than 1% each of their diet.
Sheepshead spawn in February, March, and April, with most spawning taking place during the last two months. Spawning takes place offshore, but near the coast. Some males and females begin spawning at 2 years old, but not all of the fish are mature enough to spawn until males are 3 years old and females are 4. Sheepshead will spawn several times during each season. Females will lay 14,000 to 250,000 eggs per spawn, with the average being 87,000 eggs. Sheepshead have been recorded as old as 20 years. Females grow more rapidly than males. At 20 years old, males average a little over 4 pounds and females about 5½ pounds. Growth is rapid until 6 to 8 years of age, after which growth slows dramatically, especially for males.