Freddie Dietz

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Owner - Operator - Destination Delacroix Lodge

Owner - Destination Delacroix

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"Oh, the only thing that has changed about the Black Tank is that they're harder to find," said Freddie Dietz, owner of Destination Delacroix Lodge, as he pointed his big catamaran toward the location on a recent trip.

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"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 said. "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. Dietz 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 said. In the following decades other improvements were made for anglers, even as the portion of the original "Wrecks" lost battles against subsequent hurricanes. (2 of 2) "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 said. "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 said.

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For Fred Dietz, recovery from Hurricane Katrina has been a slow, tough slog of rebuilding a splintered business and coaxing visitors back to his fishing lodge in Delacroix Island, a fishing village about 30 miles southeast of New Orleans.
That set him back several years, says Dietz, owner of Destination Delacroix, a two-story, five-room lodge for fishermen and duck hunters. Business has dropped 60% since the start of the spill, he says.

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