Catfish Noodling

Catfish noodling can be a dangerous activity, yet it is one that is still undertaken by many adventurous fisherman. Fishermen have been permanently scarred, lost fingers or other limbs, and even killed while attempting this activity. So this is definitely not a sport for the faint of heart.

Various methods have been explored to reduce the danger and make catfish noodling a bit simpler. For example, sometimes sandbags or rocks are built up around the hole to prevent the catfish from escaping and dragging the noodler downstream. Catfish don’t usually take well to the intrusion into their lair and will sometimes torpedo themselves out of the hole and straight into the chest of the noodler, and blocking them in reduces the risk. Some fishermen choose to wear gloves to protect their hands, though most consider this a hindrance to their ability to feel around and determine what exactly they are working with inside that hole.

Regardless, catfish noodling remains an exciting sport for many, and it probably will forever. Before attempting to participate in the sport, be sure that you go out with experienced noodlers for assistance, and check the legal allowances of your state – many states across the country outlaw such practices.

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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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