2007/07/25

okie noodling


Noodling is the practice and sport of fishing for catfish by throwing your hand into the water. Catfisting, Grabbling, Graveling, Hogging, and Tickling are all possible names, depending on region (Kentuckians call it Dogging, while Nebraskans prefer Stumping). Only five states in the United States have laws explicitly permitting handfishing: Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kansas.
The term "Noodling", although today used primarily towards the capture of flathead catfish, can and has been applied to all hand fishing methods, regardless of the method or species of fish sought. Noodling as a term has also been applied to various unconventional methods of fishing, such as any which do not use bait, rod & reel, speargun, etc., but this usage is much less common.
The shit is crazy dangerous. Guys get their fingers bit of regularly, and one guy had a beaver bite his whole damn hand off. Basically you are in murky, brown ass water, probably can't see but two inches ahead of you, and you stick your hand blindly into a hole in hopes of grabbing a 50 pound live, slippery beast, (no homo i guess). 50 pounds is like a big bag of dog-food.
There's a lot about the south that scares me, but Okie Noodling made me wanna pack it all up and start over as a hand-fisherman.

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