Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 20, 2012

Paul with a nice jug blue catfish

Paul has to show his grand-son Caleb

who is the best at catching cat fish

on jugs.

April 6, 2012

Noodling?

No, these were caught on stump hooks.

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May 27, 2011

Noodling Legalization Approved By Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans who want to catch catfish using only their bare hands would be able to do so legally under legislation approved by the state Senate.

While budget negotiations were teetering on the brink of collapse Thursday, state senators took action to legalize hand fishing, called noodling, in Texas. Right now the fine is $500 for noodling in Texas.

The bill would require “noodlers” to have a fishing license and freshwater fishing stamp.

Enduring joking questions from fellow senators, bill sponsor Sen. Bob Deuell said he’s never noodled, but that the bill needed to be passed for the “noodlers of Texas.”

The measure was already passed by the House and is headed for Gov. Rick Perry’s desk, where his signature would make it law.

(when I was just a young toot I tried this method of fishing… it was illegal but one of my uncles was proficient at catching big catfish with his hands and he invited me to go on a noodling trip.   He was missing one finger and I never ask how that occurred.

We crawled off into the river and starting swimming along the bank.  We would take our feet and try to find a cavity under the river bank.  Once a cavity was located, we would stick our hands into the cavity feeling for a catfish.

I found a large cavity with my foot and turned so that I could reach into the cavity with a hand.  I kept moving my hand from side to side until I felt something large, round, cold and scalyThat was the end of my noodling career.  And thankfully, I still have all of my fingers)


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