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.
Well for one thing, I caught them and gave them to the shop owner who is a good friend of my best buddy so I didn't sell them. Second, the fish isn't indigenous to Louisiana so I wouldn't think there is any problem. But then again, it's the shop owners problem.