Techniques for Noodling Catfish

Turtles, alligators and snakes could be lurking in the depths. Taking the proper precautions and with a little bit of training you can reduce, if not eliminate, the chances of anything bad happening. Let’s look at some of the best techniques for noodling for catfish.

Techniques to Increase Your Success and Keep You Safe
Safety is the number one priority when it comes to noodling for catfish. As stated before, there are other things that live in holes besides catfish. The golden rule to noodling is to not do it alone. There are so many different things that can go wrong that would be disastrous if you were by yourself. If you seriously injure yourself and can’t go for help you’re going to need someone there to help. Even if the person you bring doesn’t actually do any fishing you need someone there to watch you.

Catfish can be large and sometimes so large that if you’re a smaller person they can overpower you once they’re hooked on your arm. If you get pulled under by one of these big fish you might not come back up. Their size is not the only thing to worry about when noodling for catfish. Catfish have many features that are dangerous not just to their prey but also to humans as well.

Catfish can be quite aggressive when provoked in their natural environment.
Sticking your hand into their home is a sure fire way to make them mad. While they won’t take your arm off when they bite, they do have teeth that can be a little painful.

Wearing gloves is one of the easiest ways to avoid injury from this. Another reason you’ll want to wear gloves is because catfish can release venomous barbs in their fins that get under your skin and can make you sick. Wearing gloves will keep them from getting in your skin.

While most people can go noodling with no problems it’s always better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Make the proper preparations before leaving and if you’re going for the first time, have someone experienced on hand so you can learn as much as you can. Remember that safety is the most important thing to remember when noodling catfish and having fun is just as important.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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