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Ok - I am in New Orleans and have never fished for blue gills south of Missouri so tomorrow I have a tackle shop lined up and am going to try and get out and try to find some of my blue-gilled friends.

 

Last night I tried to find some food and my way around Bourbon street. I did alright for a tourist. We found some authentic New Orleans food - Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches! Ya, so I struck out there. But - I had more success on the music front. You know how you are supposed to find good Jazz down here? Ya well I found some authentic Kansas City Blues - (Maybe Chicago)...

This was much better than the cheese steak. I might be joking about not finding authentic New Orleans jazz but I found something. Turns out this is legit po-boy blues, lyrics, guitar, soul... turns out we were listening to some Grammy nominated stuff with 15 others (I am including 2 bartenders, 2 waitresses and 3 people who I don't know their job.

I had to admit - when I saw the poster outside - I was skeptical "Braille Blues Daddy" - this is going to be awful I thought. Turns out he's worthy - and trust me I have played with a couple of dudes that gave themselves "blues names" - I knew I was never worthy of my jazz nickname. After all- the guy that wasn't good at trumpet tried to get me to use my nickname he gave me (just because he wanted me to call him by his own "nickname" - I refused).

This guy might be Muddy good - Stevie good - Buddy Good...

 

So- I found a tackle store- they were not authentic- they sell no live bait. What?? How can this be a fishing takle store - ok. Next I found a flyfishing store- I wasn't even going to call. Turns out they are out of business. Third tackle store I call - I ask if they sell live bait - uh no. We do have worms. So technically I scored. We'll see tomorrow when I see the condition of these "worms". Begers can't be choosers. 

 

If anyone knows of some fishing information for me such as - am I going to get pulled in by a gator and good places to fish right around the French quarter - I would appreciate it.

 

More on Saturday including some photos and hopefully - a bluegill to start off 2011. Remember, where I come from near Chicago we have 3 feet of snow and it was -4 when I left.

 

Open water fishing is a vacation for me...

 

Johnny

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Comment by John Cachel on February 12, 2011 at 7:24pm
BASS MASTERS CLASSIC next weekend just north of New Orleans!
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 11, 2011 at 3:41pm
http://www.johnsheehan.net/CDs.html - Yes (I did it). The link below only works with iTunes. You can purchase some great guitar works at this link - please pick up cd for a BigBluegill.com original.
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 11, 2011 at 2:57pm
We are staying one extra day and I stayed out late listening to a brass band. Bait shop is next... we will se what they meant by worms...
Comment by Cliff Hilbert on February 11, 2011 at 7:06am
Call Uptown Angler and ask them where to fish.
Comment by John Cachel on February 10, 2011 at 5:17pm
Few years ago, My wife and I went to New Orleans on Amtrak! Real cool on train is we leave Chicago at 8 pm and arrive New Orlean at 3:40 pm that we saw from cold and snow in Chicago and we noticed that trees turn more and more leaves when we go far south! We arrived New Orleans and we see plam trees! Nice! We passed lot of swamps and we saw gar, alligators and turtles before we arrived New Orleans! We stayed old bed and breakfast in Garden District and we took old streetcar to French Quarter! Cool place! Lot of resturants,  ghost and cemeteries tours, shopping, Jackson Square and old St Louis Cathedral! Cafe' du Monde is famous place to eat and lot of tourists! Okay... fishing..... I dont know but lot of swamps and lakes north of New Orleans! lot of alligator gar out there that I would like to catch one! It can grow as much as 200 lbs! I am sure large bluegills out there .... swamps, lot of food for bluegills to grow big.... maybe little fishing pressure.... and let us know how you doing there! Hope you find some baits!
Comment by Bruce Condello on February 10, 2011 at 4:54pm
When John Sheehan has contributed as much as he has on this site...well he can promote any dang thing that he wants!  :-)  Let's fix that link!
Comment by John Sheehan on February 10, 2011 at 4:48pm
You sure are a bad promotor  the link doesnt work!! Ha Ha dont worry about it I dont want to get kicked off this Bluegill site for stretching the rules here.
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 10, 2011 at 4:38pm

Well - this is my first music guy - if you haven't heard our own John Sheehan on guitar- check this out: John Sheehan's Original Music!

Support our local angler here and pick up a tune my fellow anglers.  I use his "Trout & Daylilies" in my PodCast - which I can't locate to make a link for. : )

I am such a bad promoter. 

Comment by John Sheehan on February 10, 2011 at 4:29pm
Wow a blues music link thanks Johnny! Sounds great! Braille Blues Daddy . Like the music more than the name.
Comment by Bruce Condello on February 10, 2011 at 4:05pm
This is fascinating!!!  I can't wait to hear more!

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