According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released helpful tips for fishermen who want to go noodling. Noodling, the sport of catching catfish with your bare hands, became legal in Louisiana on August 1.
If you go noodling, be sure to follow these safety precautions:
- Always have at least one person in the water with you, spotting you. Noodling can sometimes require you to go under water and holding your breath. Don’t overestimate your ability to hold your breath. Also, catfish are extremely powerful fish, so be sure you don’t underestimate their strength.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands. Catfish bite hard!
- Once you find where the catfish are hiding, be sure to keep your four fingers together so you don’t break a finger unnecessarily when you put your fingers in the catfish hiding hole.
If you are unsure what noodling is, take a look a the following video.
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