Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Tread's Catfish Noodling Safety Tips...kids please pay attention!
A noodler should be a good swimmer. No dog-paddlers, you could drown.
An inexperienced noodler should fish with a partner. There is a danger of not being able to surface because a catfish is too strong, and also the possibility of getting trapped in falling logs or other debris. Also who you gonna brag to or get to corroborate your story.
Wear as little clothing as possible, to avoid getting snagged on sticks or branches or brush, and to make it easier to resurface after a deep dive. Clothes get heavy in the water...noodling can be tiring, made more so by heavy clothing.
The advice on wearing gloves is conflicting. Some noodlers say gloves will help protect the skin on one’s hands, for catfish do have strong jaws and teeth like rough sandpaper. Catfish also have leading rays on dorsal and pectoral fins that can cause cuts or puncture wounds. Others say gloves will only increase the chances of getting snagged on surrounding materials in the holes. Some noodlers (pussys!) eliminate the question altogether by using a hook, usually about 6 inches long, instead of fingers, to grab the fish.There are other animals that could occupy that dark hole being reached into, such as dangerous snapping turtles, poisonous snakes, or beavers. For this reason, some noodlers probe the holes with a cane or stick first: if it feels rough, it’s a snake, if it feels like a rock, it’s a turtle, and if it feels smooth, it’s probably a catfish.
Noodle safe kids...and leave the camera in on the boat...or in the parking lot of the Catfish King.
Need more noodleformation. Watch Okie Noodling. You'll share my strange obsession.
Catfish King. Holga, Ilford Delta 400.
Grab a mudbelly.
Film Waster's Collaboration.
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