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Special Spoof Section — December 2003
Latest & Not-so-Greatest
Oodles of Noodles
By Elizabeth A. Ginns
Remember Deliverance? You know, the movie with the banjo tune and lots of other redneck activity. Well, if that didn’t scar you for life, this video of people using their bare arm as bait to catch 60-plus-pound catfish will.
The process is called “noodling,” although in MI, AL, and NC it’s called “grabbing,” in AK and MS it’s called “hogging,” in KY “tickling” or “dogging,” and in NE it’s “stumping.” It’s apparently a Native American hunting tradition that fishermen in the South have been practicing for hundreds of years.
The process is simple, though legal in only a handful of states. “Fishermen” wade around looking for a catfish hole, then stick their bare hands into it and wiggle their fingers, hoping a catfish will latch on. Apparently the fact that many people have drowned and that snapping turtles and other nasty critters lurk in the holes doesn’t bother noodlers.
If watching someone risk losing a limb in exchange for catching an edible fish sounds enticing, you’ll want to purchase this video.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.