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Meet the "Minnow Man"

4 years ago November 22, 2010 Nov 22, 2010 Monday, November 22 2010 Monday, November 22, 2010 4:53:02 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE - Eugene Barthelemy turns 95-year-old this year, but he doesn't let his age stop him from doing what he loves. He's been catching and selling minnows for more than 30 years in Plaquemines Parish.

Each morning Barthelemy checks his minnow traps in his one-person boat, known as a pirogue. Barthelemy says he got his boat from Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President, when someone stole his old pirogue.

Barthelemy claims fishing keeps him young, and during his most recent check-up, the doctor agreed.

"He shook his head, I said, 'Doc, anything wrong with me? You shook your head. I want to know if something is wrong with me.' He pointed his finger and said, 'You, you is healthy as a horse," Barthelemy said. 

Despite his good health, times haven't always been easy for the Minnow Man. His business, like many, tanked after the BP oil spill. Barthelemy received several checks from BP to make up for the business he lost, but he said it's never been about the money.

"If they got money that's all right. If they ain't got money that's all right, they're going to get some minnows anyhow," Barthelemy said.

As long as he is healthy, Barthelemy plans to keep fishing for minnows.

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