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Flynn's Bait & Tackle shop

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Does anyone remember the little tackle shop on Chef Hwy; Flynn's bait and tackle? I can still to this day remember going there to buy bait as a little boy with my Dad. I remember the sign had 2 opposing red fish that read 'Flynn's'. Does anyone happen to have picture of the shop with the sign? I have been doing some serious reminiscing on old N.O. nostalgia, and Flynn's always come to mind - cool place!
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   CaptJS
Yea remember it well and also the Kaiser smoke stack were the fisherman could give you wind direction and speed by the smoke.
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Gadwall...'ya left out the barrels w/20ft bamboo poles reaching for the sky...I'am a disorganized old coot, but might still have newspaper pic's w/articals of Flynns and Expositoes, just sold a Marquez pic from 1950 to a guy that gave me $15 ...must have more than 3000 pics, some are framed and some are matted...how would 'ya like the original newspaper page of Billy Cannon's run in '59 ???...or the first Taca Airlines DC3 ...or Jimmy Swaggart try'n to make'n a deal w/Marvin Gorman ???...it goes on and on and on !!!...let me know as soon as you can,I have a couple of N.O. restaurants wanting to buy the whole lot...just searching for one or two items takes hours or days,if Faith Hill don't distract me !!!...cheers
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If remember right it was ' Tommy ' Flynn and he was a little cranky till he got his first cup of coffee, if you went there without a bait bucket he would put minnows in a clear plastic bag and pump it full of air , he sold live river shrimp that he would put in a coffee can , ice on the bottom and layer shrimp and saw dust and they stood live till the next day , I fished with those bamboo cane poles many of times for sheephead along the sea wall , my Grandfather used the 20 ft bamboo pole to fish speckle trout like the old school tuna fishermen ------------ the building ain't dare no more --------------- remember the Sporting Goods section at Sweggaman's in Gentily , back in the early 70's they had the best stuff for the best price in town , I remember the shot gun shells sold loose and you could buy them one at a time , and they had 28 and 32 gauge shells which is something you rarely see today
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   GADWALL
I remember the blue 'river shrimp' packed in sawdust. Never caught a dam thing on those blue shrimp with claws! What was the name of the little dive that my Dad always stopped for breakfast at before fishing? It was on Chef too. I think it was the Pitt Grill. Man, I must be getting old!
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   Iceman
Used to scoop and sell grass shrimp to Flynn's as a young teenager. Was a long hike on a bike to get there.
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...I'am gonn'a have to find a new crowd to run 'wit...'ya guys are 'old'...cheers

Gadwall...also found a 1975 pic of Ray Welch of Messina's Oyster House on Chartres St. giving Craig Scibetta his first taste of a raw oyster, (w/'da 'right' amount of Tabasco) !!!...
I have another poster w/Cleo Fields and Jefferson make'n a bid on a 'used freezer'...it might end-up in a bizzy restrauant owner's waiting area ???...it's titled 'What's the Deal with the Wad of Dough ? Say it ain't so,Cleo'...cheers
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...who remembers the first name of the 'Junction' on Hwy 11 and 90 ???...or the service station on the left side of Hwy 90 opposite the four 25 ft high cedar trees (about 1/2 mi before Chef Pass) ???...or the young lady that fell thru the roof of Ft.McComb look'n for her 'Engagement' ring w/them 'new' metal detectors ???...cheers
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Powers Junction.

I don't remember the names/details of the other items, but do remember hearing about them.

I also remember the cane poles at Flynn's and going there to but grass shrimp.
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   Cajun315
Awesome story. . .I do not know the store you all are talking about, but the memories you have shared are priceless. Growing up, I lived along Highway One on Bayou Lafourche. There, we had numerous little stores that had so much charm and character. Some of my greatest childhood memories occurred at these places. Two that I will never forget, is how, we could buy shotgun shells made in cardboard wrappings. My older relatives remember when the shell was entirely brass. You did not have to buy a complete box, you just bought how many shells you needed. Another memory is the old creme soda pops you could buy but you had to return the bottles to get a $.05 refund.
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   tom1959
ahhh the good ole days. i love sitting around chattin with some one from the old days. i grew up in da irish channel and have many fond memories growing up.maybe we should start a remember the old days thread..wat chall think?dawlin!!!
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...here's one some might remember of Carmella and Ralph Exposito's, they had wire mesh barbed wire that separated the customers from the merchandise...and the door shut automatically when you went in,propelled by an ingenious homemade divise w/a counterweight of lead...it did help a lot with the robberies...and don't forget Charles and Sis Grey that had the pet cemetary near Paris Rd...they were good people...anyone recalls New Orleans Coon Tycoon ???...his name was Bert Bizette he sold frozen coons on the front porch of his camp !!! he also owned Busy Bee Honey Co. w/the help of 'overworked non-union' beehives in his back yard...here's a few camp names also... Koo Koo Nest,Be-Quick,Corns and Blisters,It's About Time,Heaven Help Us,Wit's End,Dot's Full House and Prime Time...'ya guys wore my brain out !!!...going over to Fred Yarborough and get'a Falstaff !!!...cheers

P/S Chris,'ya right about 'Powers Junction'... can't recall his first name,but he did live in St.Bernard.
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I also remember Flynn's and the drums of cane poles. We lived in the lower ninth ward before Betsy and when we went fishing we loaded the boat on the roof of the car and threw the motor in the trunk. Either we launched on old Paris road or went across the pontoon bridge to get to Slidell so we could troll in between the bridges or fish for green trout in the back canals where house are now.

OOp's I guess I am getting old as well.
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   CaptJS
I would not trade them for now. Trolling motor,GPS, reels and rods that cast a mile. Motor that starts with out pulling your arm off. Elec knife to clean fish and AC to and from the fishing hole. I could add more but I love these now days after fishing for over 60years. The only think I miss from the old days was being able to get grass shrimp a dollar a can and Mrs. Campo's giving you that extra 50 live shrimp from her counting net. PS a dollar a hundred that is correct. Good old days ok then for me hope I am around to see many more new toys for our fishing.
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   chefronT
Flynns now thats a blast from the past havent thought about that place in years. I grew up in the East off of Read used to go there alot with my dad, yep remember the cane poles as well. Thanks for da trip down memory lane!
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   Smashim
Here's a painting of Flynn's

Enjoy
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We used to walk there as kids from Village De L'est when my cousins lived out there in the 70's. Fly fished in the big lake that was there. Good times for sure
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I must be getting old too as I remember all of these places. My grandfather used to take my brother and I to Flynn's for 'minnows' and grass shrimp then go fish the 'Bar Pitts' off I-10 at the second exit in N.O. East back in the late 60's, he had a 12' flat with an Eska 5HP motor he bought from Sears. Fished Perch and Sac-A-Lait with cane poles. My uncle had a camp at Lake Catherine until Katrina, name on the sign on Hwy 90 was 'This Is It'. Used to get gas for the boat at Powers Junction. We always launched at Freddie Yarbrough's, my dad would buy a 50LB block of ice, a case of longneck Dixie Beer and 6 pack of Barq's for my brother and I. My dad sub-leased our duck hunting area off the intra coastal to Freddie and his son Joe to trap nutria.
Spent many summers at the camp sleeping with windows and doors wide open never having to worry about anyone breaking in...damn, I miss the good ole days!!!
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   NASA
As a kid worked at Flynns' tackle shop across from Read Rd. for maybe several months- he let me run the bait shop, string cane poles for 0.03 cents each and his wife would bring me lunch - chicken or tuna salad sandwich with dark hot chicory coffee -

I look back fondly on Mr Flynn; he trusted me with the cash register the products and I think he was ok being back at his house behind the bait store

sold fishing poles, shrimp with the saw dust at the bottom of a coffee can -

i lived at village de l'est, so either got dropped off there or after school - not sure

Thanks Mr Flynn

also fished intercostal water way - and the draw bridge at the Lake Front with Mr Champs with orange streak, speckled trout and clean water ( but that changed ) in the late 60's from corporations et al...dumping into the intercostal canal and polluting the waterways and Lake Pontchartrain -before that it was quite impressive even though the humidity and bugs put you on the edge.

Fly fishing the rigolets, 5 mile bridge, with home made pirogue and later 14' jon boat with 20hp mercury; the wildlife refuge was the most incredible site with the sky filled with mallards and pintails - it really was a wonderful place to be a young kid and his 12 gauge and fly rod - 1969 Mariam Abramson HS, Ricky Stelma and his Tony, Pays, Paddock, Jamie Petiprin, Donna Sterling and family, Haggerty, etc . . . great memories and my doc Paul Nacari who I saw often for injuries and sutures - great doc!! and Marshal Clyburn ( great musician )
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   JOHN C.
As I recall: Flynn's was located at what is on Chef Menteur Hwy. (westside) at Read Road (southside); ESPOSITO'S (Chef Hwy.) was the other bait shop which was BEFORE Flynn's same side of Chef; the restaurant on Chef was MARTIN Brother's...early breakfast...

Also, the many boat launches along Hwy. 11-southside near Irish Bayou: Frank's, Benny Larmann's; Hwy. 11-northside: Gilbert's and Tite's Launch & Bar and Old Rat's Nest Rd. (no launch) ...

AND along Hwy. 90 Lombard's (originally on Chef Pass), Marquis' Launch and Restaurant; launch facing Lake Catherine ??? near area of Island Marina; launch ? on Rigolets' where Pelican Point is across from Fort Pike and of course...Harbor Inn/Geohagan's (now rigolet's Marina).

Cannot remember them all...any help??? John Castelluccio, Jr.
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