Noodling is the name for "hand fishing" given to catfish fishermen, typically in the Southern U.S. This risky fishing technique involves person reaching into underwater pockets and holes to find and grab the fish inside. Often, fishermen are blinded by muddy water. Successful "noodlers" have scars of success on their forearm from the rough mouth of a big catfish. Fear of handling a fish that is too big or placing their hand near the knuckle busting mouth of a snapping turtle are examples of the risk involved.
Noodling is a form of fishing in which the fishermen use their hands instead of rods, poles, or nets. They feel along the banks of rivers and lakes for underwater holes, ledges, or recesses. They then reach into the hole and feel for fish that might be lurking there. The targeted species is almost always catfish.
Sometimes the fishermen have to dive underwater to retrieve the fish, and some of these finned opponents are huge!
Most noodling is done in the Southeast US, and in some regions, the practice is referred to as "cooning."
by MojoDawg 6 years ago
What is Noodling? and have you tried it?I believe this only relative to the USA but anyone might know the answer.
by Brian L. Powell 6 years ago
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by Iron-Man-Fishing 2 years ago
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