Noodling For Catfish

You also have to consider that he might see you coming and decide to take off and ram right into you. This could be rather painful or he could decide to defend himself and bite a couple fingers. If he’s big enough he may even try to eat your whole hand and keep going up the arm. The point is that you must always expect and be prepared for the unexpected. Anything can happen when handfishing for catfish.

Watch out for snakes and snapping turtles. They inhabit these areas of the water as well and could cause serious injuries or even death. Even when you find the catfish you should expect to have a few scratches or injuries that you will have to deal with. If the catfish struggles you could get cut up on the rocks and other obstacles in the water. You are certainly taking a risk each time you step into the water with the intentions of handfishing.

If you really want to give handfishing a try but are not quite ready to take on the chances involved, then you have two options you can try. Some people will wear scuba gear and thick gloves to make it safer. Some will carry a hook and line underwater with them and hook the catfish, then pull him out with the line. Now of course, this will not be considered true handfishing but it can give you a better idea of what to expect.

You will hear handfishing being referred to as fun, exciting, interesting and down right stupid. However, the fact still remains that it is one of the most thrilling types of fishing around. It is no wonder that it survived as a legitimate method of fishing for all these years. There will always be fishermen out there that will keep the technique of handfishing alive. If you have never tried it but are searching for an adventure you will never forget, now is the time to go for it. Who knows, you might really enjoy it.

Before you venture out to see what all the fuss is about check on the rules and regulations in your state to make sure it is legal. Some states will not allow you to handfish in their lakes and rivers and others may have restrictions on when and where you can perform this technique.

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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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