"Day-in, day-out, The Wreck is the most dependable spot in Black Bay," said Freddie Dietz, owner-operator of Destination Delacroix Lodge and an angler who has been prowling the bay more than half of his 67 years.
"There is just so much bottom structure forming artificial reefs over such a large area that it provides a lot of places for trout to hang out and look for bait," Dietz
"Most guys don't know how big this spot really is."
That misconception starts with the name.
"The Wreck" is actually at least two wrecks, maybe three.
said The Wreck was born in 1965 when Hurricane Betsy plowed across the area, knocking down a set of side-by-side rigs at the location.
The remains of those rigs are what can be seen poking above the surface today.
What had been good fishing around the legs of the standing rigs got even better as the total areas of hard surface below the water greatly expanded.
According to Dietz
, the owners of the platforms decided to leave the downed rigs in the water to benefit sports fishermen.
Then things got even better.
"They built a bigger, single platform, which you can see standing just behind the wrecked rigs," Dietz
In the following decades other improvements were made for anglers, even as the portion of the original "Wrecks" lost battles against subsequent hurricanes.
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"The big platform was collecting from all the small wellheads surrounding the big rig, and those must have numbered 25 or 30 at one point," Dietz
"Over the years some of those were taken down, but you still have the shell mats on the bottom."
The result of all that work, along with storm damage, is that the bottom of Black Bay in that area is blanketed with shells, oyster reefs, and steel debris.
"All of that attracts specks and reds, because it attracts the bait they like to feed on," Dietz