Noodling or Hogging (Handfishing)

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Wed Dec 29 04:32:26 UTC 2004

They sure are strange in Missouri. You use your hands when you use your  
_ ( 
Missouri legalizes 
bare-hand fishing
Experimental season OK’d  for ‘noodlers,’ tackle-less pursuers of big catfish
Howard Ramsey, left, of  Paris, Mo., the president of Noodlers Anonymous, and 
his son, Mark  Ramsey, show off hand-caught catfish in this 2002 photo. 
The Associated Press
Updated: 10:35 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2004

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Next summer, it will be legal to plunge  into some Missouri 
rivers and grab catfish by hand — a type of fishing that is  not for the faint 
of heart... 

( Known variously as noodling or  hogging, handfishing has long 
been a misdemeanor punishable by fines, because  state officials fear it 
depletes breeding-age catfish. It can also be dangerous:  Noodlers hold their breath 
for long periods under water and sometimes come up  with fistfuls of agitated 
snakes or snapping turtles instead of  fish.

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