Want to try NOODLING for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Blacky, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    This sounds real crazy but the spot I fish has a couple large boulders(half on the bank and half in the river). When the river is low, I can see there is a undercut which goes about 4 ft in. I would like to noodle it. Can you guys give me a lesson on NOODLING 101????
     
  2. smith06

    smith06 New Member

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    Id love to go noodlin' sometime.....it looks like tons of fun.
     

  3. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    Please don't do it.
     
  4. qball

    qball New Member

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    I'll let ya'll have it I'm not puting my hands no where I can't see them. lol
     
  5. adamf

    adamf New Member

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    i heard you can caught some monsters doing it
     
  6. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    I'd love to go and WATCH someone but I ain't stickin my hand in there either! But this time of year I would thing catch and release would be the thing to do.
     
  7. field989

    field989 New Member

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    yeah definately catch and release

    I think it would be a blast to go noodling
    and i am gonna do it at a local pond

    but i am gonna use a stick to make sure BIG OLE MR.SNAPPER aint waitin to get a finger lol

    but yeah i think this would be really cool to do
     
  8. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    I will watch you guys but I will not put my hands a catfish mouth.
     
  9. qball

    qball New Member

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    Yep I can see a new post now bad day at noodling lost a finger when I stuck my hand in a hole.lol
     
  10. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    If there was no threat of accidently noodling a snapping turtle, beaver, muskrat or mink or something, I'd give it a try. I'd just hate to lose some fingers to a snapper or corner a frightened beaver. Good luck if you try it though.
     
  11. mdudes17

    mdudes17 New Member

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    wait till u stick ur hand in a deep hole and somethin grabs it that u don't want. somethin with teeth. i'm stickin to my rod and reel
     
  12. Repete

    Repete New Member

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    Not no Heck no my mama only raised one dummy and he died Bungee jumping.
     
  13. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Noodling is like aligator wrestling. You learn on the first try. It is reasonably a safe sport, far more than sky diving or such. We would cut a willow stick about 6 foot long, and 1/4" diameter on the small end which we cut to a 45 degree angle. Strip off all the little limbs until the stick is smooth. Then we would wade around poking the stick under rocks, logs etc until we felt something like an old rubber boot filled with water. You can actually hear the sticks "thunking" sound as you poke it under the rocks. When you feel the soft body, you start puching it with the stick until you tick it off and it snaps at the stick. Pull the stick out and look at it. If it is cut at a different angle, its a beaver - leave it alone. If it is smashed, its a turtle, leave it alone also. If it has fine scratches, it's a cat and you can go for it.,
     
  14. chuck luck

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    Noddling is illegal in Indiana. I always wanted to try it though. Somewhere it's legal to do it. Have a good one, Chuck.
     
  15. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    Im a self taught noodler. I have never kept, and will never keep any fish from noodling. There just isnt as much sport in it. But there is no funner way to catch a fish then with your barehands.

    Ive caught a 4# channel and a 10# flathead.

    The way I catch the fish is use whatever body parts you can to block up the exits. Reach in and feel where the fish is. Work your way around to the mouth and grab the mouth just like you would when you pick them up from the water. Flatheads dont seem to bite, or not nearly as hard. Channels and blue will lock down though.
     
  16. kccats

    kccats New Member

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    I'd drop a 5 inch gill on a 8.0 circle hook in front of there.
    I like my fingers the way they are.
     
  17. Ironhead

    Ironhead New Member

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    I have always been intrigued by this. If I were you, I would use some heavy gloves for protection. :lol: Let us know how it goes.
     
  18. poopdeck [patrick]

    poopdeck [patrick] New Member

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    I did it when I was younger and I/m still alive. However I would not do it now. One guy had a good ideal with the stick. Like others, Ain/t gonna stick my hand in some hole and get it bit off. I read a story where a big ole flat head broke a guys arm, another one where it dragged a guy down the river and drowned him. They are probaly just storys but I/m not taking the chance. Those beavers have some big teeth and snappers would just snap your fingers off.
     
  19. Trophy Hunter

    Trophy Hunter New Member

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    If you get one please post pictures of the fish and your fingers. Attached or unattached. (HAHA) Be careful, go with a friend.
     
  20. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    i have an old friend that has noodle fished for 50 years. he even does it for snapping turtles. He says that snappers always go in head first and you will feel the shell and tail before the head. I have been out with him several times and seen him pull some nice 10-15 pound flatties out and one huge turtle (wouldn't fit in a big rubbermade trash can). seems crazy and i'll continue to look at noddling as a spectator sport, but good luck!