Frank Davis / WWL Fishing Expert
"I'm positive we made the right decision to stay home today," Ron Broadus told me on the telephone after sunup this morning.
At 9 o'clock at Delacroix, the thermometer inside "Captain Ahab's" boathouse still registered 28 degrees, and the wind made the temperature outside feel even colder than that.
"When they tell us to wrap our pipes and keep them wrapped all day, it's no time to go fishing, at least if you expect to catch anything but the flu," Ahab chided.
Biologically, when the temps plunge this deep, any kind of trout activity is almost nil until, maybe, about high noon when the sun warms up the water a little, if that even happens at all. And as far as redfish are concerned they head into the deepest holes around and bury their bellies in the warmer mud on the bottom to take advantage of a few degrees of elevated warmth.
"Frank, when fish get this cold their metabolism slows way down and feeding essentially comes to a critical halt," the veteran saltwater guide explained. "Leaving the boat in the slip or on the trailer on days like this is the wiser choice."
From a television show point of view, the depressed weather condition was the one and only reason for shelving the trip this morning, because Broadus revealed that prior to the cold snap, for days on end he and other anglers at Delacroix were routinely catching full limits of reds in short order.
"We'd get out there around around 7 or so, find a point or a cut or a pocket along the shoreline, throw a Speculizer or just a shock leader about 14 inches under a popping cork, using nothing but fresh market shrimp, and about an hour later we were headed back to the dock with limits of pretty reds, all in the 16 to 20-inch range," he said with a wide smile. "And you know what, Frank? When the temperature comes back up again, maybe as early as this weekend, I'm thinking that that's the kind of fishing action we're going to be back into. . .promise!"
So if you got your boat and tackle ready to trailer down to Delacroix, wait for these conditions to develop and mark off the calender and put everything else on a back burner. If, though, you don't have the rig or the expertise to navigate and negotiate the Delacroix inside marsh, feel free to give Capt. Ahab a call. His numbers are 504-914-6063 or 504-835-8398. And because this is winter, you'll have a much easier time booking a charter trip now than you would in the middle of the, say, summer fishing season. Of course, even now it's first come first served. So get a dial tone!
Meanwhile, today, pour another cup of coffee and throw another log on the fire!