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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Missouri Approves Fishing With Bare Hands

Yahoo! News - Missouri Approves Fishing With Bare Hands

Wow! People actually catch fish with their bare hands!?! Am I in bizarro world?

It's also called noodling. I did some searching and found this page. An excerpt:
To begin, a noodler goes underwater to depths ranging from only a few feet to up to twenty feet. Placing his hand inside a discovered catfish hole, a noodler uses his arm as bait to entice the fish. If all goes as planned, the catfish will swim forward and latch onto the fisherman's hand and arm.

From here most noodlers have 'spotters' who help them bring the catfish in, either to shore or to their boat. The first order of business after catching a catfish is to get them unstuck. When a catfish bites onto a noodler it holds on for quite a while, believing it has caught some food. With gills and teeth scraping and cutting into the fisherman's skin, the spotters helps to secure the fish by other means and then proceed to ease the catfish's grip off of the noodler's arm.

Holy shit!

Here's an action shot I found on a film documentary site:


Anonymous said...

I wonder if any "noodlers" have won Darwin awards, after trying for better catches. The verb "fish" doesn't seem to have much difference in the active or passive voice, it's all the same isn't it? The whole idea is to sit back and let the fish do all the work anyways right?

David Boudreau

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Don said...

I've know a guy who lives in Oklahoma. Yes, Oklahoma. I'm always teasing him about it, and he takes it well. One day I received in the mail a t-shirt for the "Okie Noodlin'" contest, which is apparently a big deal in Oklahoma. He made me promise to wear it out in public and provide him with photographic evidence, which I did.

Some people have waaaaaaay too much time on their hands.

6:03 PMlink  
Anonymous said...

Somehow, noodling doesn't seem all that incompatible with rewriting the formula engine for Notes in a language one knows nothing about....

2:33 AMlink  

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