Wednesday, August 21, 2013



If you have not seen the 2001 documentary, Okie Noodling, make some time for it.  There are more than 2000 species of catfish worldwide, some of which can weigh more than 200 pounds.  Catfish prefer shallow, fresh water and are known for their characteristic whiskers.  But the really interesting this about catfish is how people choose to catch them; with their bare hands.  Specifically, diving underground and reaching their bare hands into a hole hoping to grab a catfish and drag it to shore.  This is called noodling.  While it may sound like a simple leisure activity, noodling is actually a well-regarded and widely participated in competitive event. I will not try to do justice to it here, but suffice it to say, it might be the best sport ever.

To watch the movie or find a noodling event near you:

For more on catfish:

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