Champion "noodler," or handfisher, Lee McFarlin holds a giant flathead catfish he caught using his hand as bait. "Everybody tells me I'm the guru of noodling," McFarlin says. "Until you can control that fish, he will whip your butt every time."
McFarlin chalks up his wins to practice and technique. From May until July, McFarlin noodles two or three times during the week and all weekend, routinely snagging his limit of three fish.