Hand Fishing Catfish
Hand fishing (noodling) for catfish?
Hand fishing is the sport where you put your arm down into the water with the full intention of using your hand as bait to catch a catfish.
Also known as noodling this is a sport where you want the fish to bite you. You fish for catfish using only your wits and courage.
Noodling for catfish is a sport for survivalists, hillbillies, rednecks, and those folks who just plain old have a hankering to do something out and out right insanely different.
Are You Nuts?
You want to do what?
What exactly is hand fishing for catfish?
It seems that some folks on this pretty little planet have some exceptionally strange ideas and they put them to good use whenever they can. Hand fishing for catfish is one of these gosh awful silly ideas that some fool thought would be fun.
This form of fishing goes by quite a few different names but hand fishing and noodling are two of the most common. It all means the same thing, a catfish is hopefully gonna get caught, and somebody is probably gonna get a few battle scars doing it.
In noodling for catfish there are no hooks, no net, and absolutely no need for a fishing pole. All you need to hand fish for catfish is courage, strength, and a right good dose of stupidity. (A prayer or two to help keep you safe from harm can come in pretty darn handy too.)
The basic plan of action in noodling catfish is to find a nice dark underwater spot where a catfish might hole up. You then you stick your hand in there, the catfish instinctively bites you, and you latch on and haul that bugger outta there. Call it getting back to basics and fighting a fair battle between man and fish by going fist to fin in a battle of the brawn. I have my own words for this sport but I think I'll just let you guess what they might be (hint: scroll to bottom of page for the answer).
A Cat Fishy Theme Ornament? Well Kind of...
There are just some things in life that make it worth living and a heck of a good fishing trip is it. Here kitty kitty. Even a darn fool can figure out what tastes absolutely delicious spring, summer, fall, or Christmas. So go on and show your catfish pride.
They call it a catfish cause it has whiskers.
Dangers of hand fishing (noodling) catfish:
Now why on God's green earth any dang fool would want to stick his hand down into a dark underwater hole and hope to get bit by a fish is beyond me. The main flaw to hand fishing or noodling is that poisonous snakes, snapping turtles, and a few other not so nice critters also like to hide out in these dark holes. Which means that you will never really know quite what is going to bite you until after it does.
There are quite a few dangers associated with hand fishing for catfish and getting bit by a poisonous snake is just one. Noodlers can get cut up pretty good when they put their hand in the mouth of a catfish. Catfish do not have typical fish teeth but don't think that their itsy bitsy teeth can't hurt you if you stick your hand in there.
Catfish teeth are tiny, and meant for grasping prey, rather than biting or chomping on it. These small teeth slant backwards in the jaw, so if prey is caught, it cannot easily escape (It's hooked so to speak). This design works well for the catfish. Their mouth is large enough that if they get prey in there then they can generally hang onto it, and choke it down without a need to chew their food first. So how can a catfish bite hurt a guy?
A catfish's teeth are so tiny that they feel like the grit on sandpaper, but because the teeth slant backwards, they can hold onto you pretty good. The next thing that happens is that the catfish goes into battle mode, and starts to spin, and when a catfish goes into a spin those tiny grains of teeth can rip you up pretty good. So if you do plan to hand fish for catfish be prepared for a few battle scars.
Do you love your catfish?
Catfish like to hide in dark little underwater holes.
I guess it says a lot about your personality when even your mailman has to stick his hand into a catfish's mouth. Now that is taking noodling to extreme measures.
Getting finned by a catfish:
When you are noodling catfish there is one specific area of this fish that is the most likely to cause you bodily damage. It is the catfish fins that you really do have to take care around when you are hand fishing.
A catfish's best method of defense comes in the design of it's dorsal and pectoral fins. These fins are damn sharp, they generally have a spiny texture, and they can fillet you like a fine seafood dinner. It's called getting finned by a catfish and it is something that you do not want to do.
To add insult to injury these spines may also contain venom. Now you just know that venom from any critter is going to cause you more than few problems. Venom is generally a toxic substance meant to poison you and the venom from catfish fins can indeed get nasty.
Once you are done dealing with the venom then you can also start to worry about infection setting in to your numerous battle wounds. Let's face the facts, you really are not playing in the most sanitary of areas, and there is bound to be some sort of nasty stuff looking to get into those fresh cuts and gouges that you have so recently acquired while you were fooling around trying to catch that dang catfish.
These are the risks you encounter when you take up the sport of hand fishing. These of course are just a few of the dangers involved with noodling for catfish. I'm sure you'll discover a few others.
Hand fishing catfish is definitely exciting, but it can also be painful, and it can be downright dangerous.
Noodling is a sport that you should check out very carefully before you decide to participate in it.
Watch this video to see how to hand fish for catfish.
Other names for hand fishing catfish: - Depending on which side of the "Crick" you are from.
Have I Ever Been Noodling? Heck no.
I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I am certainly not that naïve, I happen to like my body parts kept intact.
I'll leave the fine sport of hand fishing for catfish up to the folks who spell fun with a capital D for Dangerous.
On my outdoor trips you will find me sitting by the campfire. Yep, I'll probably have a Budweiser in one hand, and my Kindle Fire that I won on Zujava in the other (Thank you Zujava for that wonderful prize win).
I'll come back from a fishing trip relaxed, and ready to take on the world, while you on the other hand will probably be desperately searching for bandages for the next week or two.
Pretty Darn Stupid
It's for those with a taste for the unusual.
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