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Iowanian
12-29-2004, 08:50 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6763659/

The Associated Press
Updated: 1:28 a.m. ET Dec. 29, 2004COLUMBIA, 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.

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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.

That does not discourage enthusiasts, who insist there is great sportsmanship in fishing with your bare hands.

So after years of urging by noodlers, and lopsided legislative support for easing up on handfishers, the Missouri Conservation Commission has approved an experimental handfishing season next summer. Forms of handfishing are already legal in 11 states, including neighboring Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois.



“It’s a start,” John Smith, deputy director of the Conservation Department, said Tuesday. “We are moving forward in good faith to answer the legitimate biological concerns that we have, and balance that with the requests for making this process legal.”

Missouri’s biological concerns are that handfishers, who go for the biggest fish they can wrestle from riverbanks or hollow logs, will take too many sexually mature fish from their underwater nests.


Ramsey family photo
Howard Ramsey, with his son Mark, show off a catch in 1978.
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The commission agreed to a June 1-July 15 season, during which handfishers who have bought a $7 permit can use only their bare hands and feet to catch a daily total of five catfish. Fish under 22 inches long must be thrown back.

Handfishing will be legal only along specified stretches of the Fabius, St. Francis and Mississippi rivers.

So secretive are handfishers that they have formed a club called Noodlers Anonymous. A University of Missouri-Columbia professor who got the group’s cooperation in surveying its members found that most are men, average age about 40, living in rural areas.

Howard Ramsey of Paris, Mo., president of Noodlers Anonymous, said the season is a “very positive step.”

“I hope this is the first step toward a statewide noodling season,” Ramsey said. “Noodling is great fun and very satisfying and any lover of fishing should try it.”

Skip Towne
12-29-2004, 08:55 AM
I say let 'em do it. It'll help purify the gene pool.

morphius
12-29-2004, 09:15 AM
Do people in Missouri actually step foot into the Mississippi River and eat what they catch?

Rukdafaidas
12-29-2004, 09:44 AM
I've noodled before, but I really don't know about making this statewide. Noodling can really do some damage to trophy sized catfish and aside from a few locations, Missouri's catfish population is horrible.
My advise to anyone wanting to try noodling is to go with 2 or 3 very experienced noodlers before giving it a shot. I went with two different guys and got great safety ideas from both. Trust me when I say you don't just want to jump in the water and start noodling, it can be very dangerous.

Iowanian
12-29-2004, 09:48 AM
I wonder how many first timers will think its called "noodling" because they're supposed to stick their pecker into the bank holes and logs?

I think I'm gonna start a NoodleGuide service in Missouir called "Snipe Hunt Noodle Tours"....just for grins.

Low Prices..............The real cash comes from selling the video on the net.

Rukdafaidas
12-29-2004, 09:54 AM
A good place for novice noodlers to start is old boat ramps. Boat ramps are under water and snakes, turtles and beavers need air to survive. The problem is most novice noodlers start on river banks where holes can lead up to air.
Could you imagine grabing hold of a beaver? That could leave a mark.

Rain Man
12-29-2004, 09:55 AM
I bet this bill was sponsored by the prosthetic limb industry.

Iowanian
12-29-2004, 09:56 AM
"If you've ever had a nipple bitten off by a beaver........you might just be a redneck"

Rukdafaidas
12-29-2004, 09:59 AM
"If you've ever had a nipple bitten off by a beaver........you might just be a redneck"
A friend of mine's brother used to work at a hatchery in Oklahoma and he said the worst job was when they had to get in the area containing perch. He said they damn near bite off their nipples. I think I'd wear a shirt.

Cochise
12-29-2004, 10:10 AM
A friend of mine's brother used to work at a hatchery in Oklahoma and he said the worst job was when they had to get in the area containing perch. He said they damn near bite off their nipples. I think I'd wear a shirt.

When I was a kid we would go swimming at a lake in northeast missouri sometimes that had a lot of perch in it. I'd get bitten by them all the time. Scares the piss out of you when you're a little kid.

ChiefsFire
12-29-2004, 12:45 PM
A friend of mine's brother used to work at a hatchery in Oklahoma and he said the worst job was when they had to get in the area containing perch. He said they damn near bite off their nipples. I think I'd wear a shirt.


you never went pantsless did ya and letem nibble on your weewee???

PastorMikH
12-29-2004, 01:06 PM
Happens in Missouri quite a bit anyway. Now it will be a little more legal.

Craash
12-29-2004, 01:34 PM
Could you imagine grabing hold of a beaver?

I can't believe someone hasn't jumped on this yet. :shake: