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April 17, 2009 12:32 PM   Subscribe

Noodling, catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling, stumping: all these words mean the same thing--catching big, honkin' catfish with your bare hands!
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posted by not_on_display at 12:33 PM on April 17, 2009


I'd like to record a honking catfish. That would make a great sample to use on my next ambient/environmental CD.
posted by gigbutt at 12:50 PM on April 17, 2009


Oh THAT'S what catfisting is. Boy is my face red.
posted by The Bellman at 12:59 PM on April 17, 2009 [8 favorites]


The Snopes pictures from the second Previously link makes me think of the movie Big Fish, which makes me smile. That, and I'm rather in awe of the fact that giant catfish appear so docile.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:01 PM on April 17, 2009


The "tickling" link is for Okie Noodlin' II, ten-years later sequel to the film of this previous. I attended the world premiere at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art back last summer.

Narrator: "Noodling techniques vary from region to region. Some insist the sport should be called "grabbling", and should be done primarily with the bare foot."
A gentleman somewhere behind me in the dark: "Thank you!"
posted by ormondsacker at 1:03 PM on April 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


I can't help but wonder how many of those videos were filmed in Missouri.
posted by slogger at 1:05 PM on April 17, 2009


Sure, catfish is great and all, but no love for the Scots and their skill at guddling for trout?
posted by sgranade at 1:07 PM on April 17, 2009 [3 favorites]


Oh THAT'S what catfisting is. Boy is my face red.

Hey, what are you doing down there?!?
posted by Pollomacho at 1:08 PM on April 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Girls Gone Grabblin! Check out the movie!
posted by jfwlucy at 1:20 PM on April 17, 2009


How about grabbing hogs? previously
posted by exogenous at 1:25 PM on April 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


From the "tickling" link:

"When you're on the river, you lose all human instincts. You're not a human anymore, you're an animal."

posted by Burhanistan at 1:55 PM on April 17, 2009


I think this is illegal in my state.
posted by TrialByMedia at 2:04 PM on April 17, 2009


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndr_fhmWqxQ

Just in case anyone can tell me if this youtube is fishy?
It shows a (famously) slick tosser TV survivalist called Bear Grylls apparently doing the bare hand macho catfish thing for his UK show (this bit filmed in Louisiana, I think).

When I first saw it on Bravo, I was pretty sure the impressively fleshy creature was planted in advance - because I thought I spotted a fishing line coming and then going in the shot.

I'm still not certain. (And I've enjoyed the various now-notorious debunkings of the guy's show. He fuzzily admits all is not exactly as it is filmed. But I haven't seen this one called out?)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:28 PM on April 17, 2009


Heh. I always heard it called "gigging" catfish. Ideally, you get 'em to kinda clamp down on your fingers, then haul 'em up. But watch out for snapping turtles!

This is actually the only kind of fishing that I think is OK, from my vegetarian standpoint. Catch and release gigging.
posted by klangklangston at 3:08 PM on April 17, 2009


At first glance I thought the description was listing sub-genres of porn.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 4:07 PM on April 17, 2009


Heh. Noodle one of these. I friggin' dare you.

They have chainsaws along their sides.
posted by Decimask at 4:36 PM on April 17, 2009


Decimask: what was that so we can search for a US version?
posted by Burhanistan at 5:25 PM on April 17, 2009


The fish? Giant armoured catfish in the Amazon river. Saw it originally on the BBC's... Blue Planet boxed set, I think.
posted by Decimask at 5:34 PM on April 17, 2009


Fishin' Catfish: Gone Fishin'!
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 11:16 PM on April 17, 2009


It's all fun and games til you slice your hand open on that thing's gnarly teeth. And then the wound gets infected, and then you end up septic in the ICU. And everyone's confused because we're treating somebody with an admit diagnosis of catfish bite and surely this is some sort of typo or misunderstanding, but no, dude's really in the ICU because he got bitten by a fish. And we have to figure out how the heck you treat that empirically, because while there are guidelines for cat bites, and dog bites, and snake bites, there are most certainly not treatment guidelines for a fish bite. And then someone calls her grandpa so he can explain to us this "noodling" activity. The patient was later the topic of a student presentation, because violent acts perpetuated by aquatic creatures are way more exciting than another boring surgical wound infection case. If I recall correctly he made a full recovery and I like to imagine he's still out there, undeterred in his noodling.
posted by little e at 10:48 PM on April 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


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