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wear gloves. reaching in a hole can be more scary than you think. I have a family friend that does it alot, and he has reached in a hole full of barb wire, finger bittin of by a turtle, and bittin numerous times by snakes.

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Get a fishing rod and some chicken liver....

Then take 50 cents and get a clue...that stuff is crazy  lol   ;D

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I agree with the get a catfishing rig and some chicken liver idea. Noodling, to me anyway, is absolutely insane. I ain't sticking my hand down a dark hole where snakes, snapping turtles, muskrats, etc. ect. are probably living. I'd like to keep all my digits in good condition.  ;)

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Never do it alone!!!!     We always target the later summer months, flatheads seem to be in the spawn mode by then, and I have never done any lake noodling.

We have always found the holes under banks to be the easiest.   Some washes are just 3-5 feet under the bank but can go way back under.    If the welcome mat isn't cleaned, nobody is home.     If you feel the bottom and it has silt or feels muddy, chances are, theres not a fish in that hole, a hole with a fish will have hardened mud, or the silt will be swept out due to fish fanning around.   We will also place large rocks in some of the holes that are to large to block.

Rules are simple,   a flathead will bite you all the way up on your forearm most of the time, thats about 12 24 inches depending on your arm.    A big blue will bite the hardest and only bite your fingers up to your wrist.     This guy will take nails off.     A channel is about the same as a blue cat.      

If later in the summer and spawning is taking place, you may encounter more than one fish in a hole.   My dad alway clippied a 4lb mono leader to my back belt loop if I had to go down deeper than my height to monitor my position.   Some fish will overpower you and current can take you down river and if your support crew isn't on top, you could be in serious trouble.     I have never been bitten, have not encounter snakes at the same time.

What I have done when I was younger takes more nerve to do as I'm older.

Its illegal in Tx.

Matt

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Its illegal in Tx.

Matt

And its CRAZY everywhere else!!!   ;D

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Yep!

You guys are crazy. Good luck, I wouldn't do it on a bet.

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They tell me that if you feel air when you reach up under there that you stand a good chance of being bit by a varment.  Make sure the hole doesn't have air space... ;)

Anyone who catches catfish that way would probably like to catch a snapping turtle for the pot and you can do that by bending a heavy wire into a hook and attach a chunk of meat to it and stick it into those holes that have air in them.  You'll know when he clamps down.  ;D  Just hoist him right out of there!   ;D

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