Photo Gallery: Noodling for Giant Catfish

2005 Okie Noodling Champion Lee McFarlin
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Handfishers, or "noodlers," Cristi Snyder, Fostana Jenkins, and Betsy Dougherty search for flathead catfish, a species found in waterways in the South and Midwest U.S. Handfishers probe and prod for the holes where the fish lurk during breeding season. They then dive down and reach into the underwater lairs, hoping that a monster "cat" will take the proffered baitthe noodler's hand.

To avoid drowning or other accidents, noodlers recommend fishing in teams. The extra hands can also help block escape routes for wary fish.

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