Caught a Texas blue cichlid while fishing in the New Orleans City Park. My wife, buddy and I went to try out the lagoons at City Park today. I was told that since that area was flooded during Katrina that all the fish were liberated from the lagoons. Well there are a large number of small bream, bass and to my amazement some cichlids. I was using a 8 or 9 ft telescoping jig pole that is a three section. I had it set up like a Tenkara rod with a furled leader and 4lb tip. I had a had tied fly I call a spike after the small spikes you can buy for feeding fish or reptiles. It is tied on a number 14 hook.
I was casting along the edge of a beautiful lagoon near a pavilion and catching some mighty small bream when I tossed under a small willow and bam, the Texas blue hit. Nice fight, wished there had been more of them but he was the only one there. We did some others in pre-spawn mode and they wouldn't take a fly from us. Took a few pictures of the Blue and let him go to make more for later.
Don't know how much I like not having the ability to reach out to distant places. The Tenkara has it's limitations. I switched to my fly rod after a while and was able to reach a cruising gar that I wouldn't have been able to with the Tenkara. Got the gar to follow my fly and take it but didn't get a hook-up, was fun though.
They fight just like a big bluegill. I am told you can eat them but haven't tried yet. The ones we caught today went to a friend who has a pet shop. I wouldn't mind trying them though. They are local to south Texas and I would imagine that they eat them.