NOODLEN - what the heck keeps a snapper from bitting your hand off?

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by andrew76, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. andrew76

    andrew76 New Member

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    cAN SOMEONE TELL ME what the heck keeps a snapper from bitting your hand off?
     
  2. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    dont know why but ive cought several and none of them got me.
     

  3. Ahquabi_Master

    Ahquabi_Master New Member

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    nothing... lol
     
  4. lance

    lance New Member

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    I ain't sure either !
     
  5. Andrew Y'Barbo

    Andrew Y'Barbo New Member

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    A good long prayer to the Lord.
     
  6. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    Most of these guys are doing pre-cautionary measures to reduce the chances of a bad experience.

    Some of the things are;

    The texture of the opening, hard and smooth V.S. Loose debris

    Hole slants downward rather than up toward air

    Gaff / Pole / Stick

    Use nest boxes in places where air breathers wouldn't make a home :crazy:
     
  7. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    I tell ya 's I dont think this ones fer me....:big_smile:
     
  8. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Paul, that's about the most informative post I have seen pertaining to this. Thanks, but it's NOT for me either! :crazy:

    Bill in SC
     
  9. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    DISTANCE :smile2:!!
     
  10. rythymroach

    rythymroach New Member

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    My way is to just keep my hands out of his mouth!!
    I'd waste the money mommy spent for me violin lessons ifn I dun dat!!:big_smile_2:
     
  11. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Luck thats all I know Owh:eek:oooh:
     
  12. justaredneck

    justaredneck New Member

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    i dont know, but i would love to try it. u only live once and if u lose a finger u got 9 more and it would be awsome to catch a gaint catfish with your hand. thats what i call a win-win situation
     
  13. Bill D Curtis

    Bill D Curtis New Member

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    turtles a'int nothing but flathead food anyway any respectable flat keeps everything away from the nest
     
  14. Trevor1

    Trevor1 New Member

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    I've been noodling catfish for about 20yrs in lakes, rivers, and creeks in a lot of places in Oklahoma and I've yet to run into a turtle in a underwater hole. As far as I know turtles and snakes can't live underwater so as long as the hole is completly submerged I'd think it's actually pretty safe.
     
  15. andrew76

    andrew76 New Member

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    Thanks for all the useful info guys but i think ill just stick to rod and reel for a while!:0a23::0a23:
     
  16. catfish10101

    catfish10101 New Member

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    When you reach into the hole, keep your hand up against the top of it and then feel down. If it's rubbery, it's a catfish, if it feels like a rock, pull your hand out if you wanna keep it. My family has done it for many years, and they have never lost a finger yet. One thing to remember, if their is trapped air in the hole, there may also be a snake in there. GOOD LUCK!!!:wink:
     
  17. tackleholic

    tackleholic New Member

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    Thanks Andrew My wife & I agrees with you & she don't even fish at all except in the Gulf of Mexico & she hates it when I fish alone!:cool2:
     
  18. SouthernWhiskers

    SouthernWhiskers New Member

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    You have to make sure that your hole is completely submerged in the water. (No air pockets) where a turtle or snake could come up for air. If it's nothing but water there there will be no snake,turtle etc. The problem is having someone check the hole.lol
     
  19. slippedcork

    slippedcork New Member

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  20. clay_sosu

    clay_sosu New Member

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    I think the two main things are try and only check holes that are completely submerged, and if you feel debris around the front of the don't check it. as mentioned earlier flatheads keep a hole pretty well cleaned out. its amazing how clean and smooth they can make a hole. the only person I know of thats been injured was a guy from Atoka Oklahoma that got chewed pretty good by a beaver in the Kiamichi River.