Noodling is also known as gravelling, catfisting, dogging, grabbling, stumping or deepthroating all over the worlds. This is a very intriguing method of fishing which requires a lot of daring, skills, strength and perseverance.
In this technique the noodles dives inside the water and spots a catfish hole. It could range between few feet to twenty feet depth, once spotted the noodler places his hand inside the catfish habitat. As an act of defense and in an attempt to escape from the hole the catfish clings on to the fisher’s fist and the noodler grabs it by the gills. The fish can weigh up to 18 kilograms. It always advised to go for Noodling in pairs as it is safer and easier to tackle the fish or spot the holes.
It’s not arbitrary that the technique should be limited to catfish, but their stagnant living habitats make them vulnerable targets. There is a very common danger associated with this sport that is in many cases abandoned catfish holes are habituated by snakes, beavers, alligators, snapping turtles and muskrats. These animals are harmful to the effect of loosing fingers, arms or being poisoned. Otherwise Noodling of catfish has scares no more than superficial cuts and bruises. As Noodling can take you to deep sea, attack by other dangerous species also remains a threat. Thus noodlers have to be well researched about the area they are pursuing for the sport.
Noodling is very common in southern United States and legal in around eleven states with few restrictions on size and methods of Noodling.