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Took off work to pick up kids after exams so decided to stop at a canal in Jefferson Parish. I caught these 5 Rios plus another 5 that we didn't photograph and a few bluegill. My son took the pictures and caught a bluegill and missed quite a few from bad hook settings directions from me. The flies were a #12 black foam spider and the Squirrelly and Micah caught his bluegill on a Jitterbee without a bead head.

Hope this isn't to many pics.

I know it isn't pristine but it is close to the house and they take a fly.

 

Kirk

 

My Photographer

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Nice photos and fish Kirk. Maybe you can teach me how to photograph like that . Or maybe it's just genetics.lol

Your son also did a great job with the camera.

Fred

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Kool report! Must be nice to have a little testing canal so close to home. Those cichlids are a rather pretty fish, think i have seen them in aquariums before.

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Paul, thanks, figures you would say that.

 

Fred, thanks, my son likes taking photographs and he liked your comment.

 

Jam, thanks, it is nice indeed. Aquarium fish is how they were introduced in to our area. People purchased them small and when they grew to large for their tanks, they were released in to local canals and ponds. With our mild winters, they find refuge in pipes and deeper water to keep warm and have proliferated. Once October/November hits, you can't find one of these fish. They do compete with the bluegill for nesting area and can push the naturally occuring bluegill out but I'm seeing more and more bluegill and Cichlids co-habitating so maybe we can have both.

 

Kirk

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Thanks for sharing, Kirk. Are the cichlids a "good-eatin'" fish? They look like they have a lot of meat on them... I bet they put up a nice fight.

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Dart, they are in the Tilapia family but better tasting. They are on par if not better than Bluegill. Coming from this drainage canal though, I won't eat them; from cleaner water, I have and they are good.

As for fighting, surprisingly, they don't pull as hard as Bluegill. They fight more like a wet paper sack but on a 3 or 4wt rod, that still works.

 

Kirk

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... They fight more like a wet paper sack but on a 3 or 4wt rod, that still works.

 

Kirk

I've caught a few of those! Haha! I know you cajun's 'll eat anything!

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... They fight more like a wet paper sack but on a 3 or 4wt rod, that still works.

 

Kirk

I've caught a few of those! Haha! I know you cajun's 'll eat anything!

 

Dart I think I may have to correct ya...not ALL cajuns will eat anything ....but ALL Coon Ass Cajuns will!!!! Lord knows I worked with lot's o' the coon arse ones in North west Florida and they fed me some delicious and weird stuff! :lol:

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