how to make catfish boxes or homemade holes for noodling

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by skint_back, May 22, 2011.

  1. skint_back

    skint_back New Member

    thinkin about makin some boxes to weight down in the river for noodling . me and my cousin wanna try our hand at it but dont know the size the boxes need to be or if they need to be hollow all the way through or have an end to it on 1 side. any ideas?
     
  2. Memphis net and twine sells these slat traps. You could probably get dimensions from their web site. I think they are built with white oak if i'm not mistaken. As far as the throat i think if ya cut a bevel on the 4 supports at the entrance and used thin material that would flex you'll be in business. I never fished any of these things, but have seen them in the past. I have friends that used 16" pvc irrigation pipe they set to noodle with. Never done any of that either, just tryin to give some ideas.
     

  3. skint_back

    skint_back New Member


    thanks for info man i hadn't thought about that but sounds like itd work good and pvc aint all that expensive.
     
  4. Don't know what part of Ark. ya from but i was raised around Des Arc and most farmers have it layin around. Not sure about the regs, but you might cut the ends out of clean poly drums and pop rivet a couple together and cut a entrance hole in them. never done any of this, i perfer to fish above the surface, due to a bad back. Mine has a big yellow streak right down the middle of it.:>:>:>:>
     
  5. back home in oklahoma alot of people use 55 gallon drums cut in half with the top cut off one end or i have seen people use cut open waterheaters or bath tubs but check local laws before u sink anything some places dont really like u doing that and be carefull if u sink anything metal rust will make it sharp and make sure u sink it deep enough where even if water level goes down it wont expose it if u get air in there u may find all kinds of critters in there u dont want
     
  6. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty New Member

    old hot water heaters work pretty good gut them add some rocks or blocks ,, they sink and stay put !!!
     
  7. Trevor1

    Trevor1 New Member

    Noodling catfish out of tubs, barrells, or boxes is just way too easy, heck anybody can catch 'em that way. Half the fun in noodling is actually finding the catfish.
     
  8. BowieKnife357

    BowieKnife357 New Member

    It's also safer. When you sink something like that you can make sure there's no air pockets in it so it doesn't attract something that you don't want. If it was legal here I'd be sinking tubs.
     
  9. Trevor1

    Trevor1 New Member

    Most catfish noodlers ain't worried about being safe.
     
  10. BowieKnife357

    BowieKnife357 New Member

    When I stick my hand in a hole I like being confident that there is no muskrat, beaver, or snapping turtle in there.
     
  11. We made some and put them in black lake in about waist deep water made them out of 2x12 lumber about 4x4 wide with about a 12 inch opening and plywood on top leave the bottom open the only problem we had was finding something heavy enough to keep them from floating up you need about 200 pounds of steel to keep them down they work best whin the water is just starting to warm up to check them you just stick your arm on there if hes in there he will find you