Photo Gallery: Noodling for Giant Catfish

2005 Okie Noodling Champion Lee McFarlin
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Handfisher, or "nooder," Ann Tittle holds a giant flathead catfish. Also known as shovelheads or mudcats, the fish species is distinguished by its yellow-olive to dark brown body color, square tail, and a head that appears flattened between the eyes.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Web site, "Flathead catfish spawn when water temperatures reach 700F and build nests in dark secluded shelters, such as natural cavities, undercut banks, or near large submerged objects. The eggs are laid in a compact golden-yellow mass, which is fanned continuously. The egg mass may contain as many as 100,000 eggs. After hatching, the young remain near the nest for several days in a large compact school. Flathead catfish feed almost exclusively on live fish."

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