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Partial victory over the conservation department.
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Rickstir    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:20:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here in MO, "noodling" or hand fishing for catfish is not legal. It is legal in 11 states, 5 of which border MO. For five years now I have been vice-president of an organization that is trying to get handfishing legalized. Now let me set you straight, I don't handfish and don't intend to.
Last week the conservation department finally bowed to mountains of research and political pressure to allow us to have a season to judge the affects of handfishing on catfish populations. However they just tossed us a bone with two rivers which border states that already have handfishing, ane one that is the discharge chute of a large reservoir. It is either dry or roaring at six feet. We went back and showed them the errors of their ways and they will grant us three more rivers next year and one of those is the one in my county.
Thr struggle is not over but our president has had this vision for some time and he is extremely pleased. It is fun to find the bureacrats that declared five years ago there would never be handfishing in MO. Just goes to show you that hard work for a just cause is still good in this country.

Yabut    Posted 12-29-2004 at 14:13:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even though it is not legal, people do it all the time. I can show you some major scars on the arms of people I know who do it.

I am glad you are pushing this. There is no reason in my mind why this can't be opened in MO. The number of people willing to do it is very low. The catfish they are removing are so big they are usually the size of a "predator fish". Removing these biggies is good for the blooming catfish population.

I would not do this in a million years. But some people do ... more power to them.

- Peanut

Rickstir    Posted 12-29-2004 at 14:44:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are right about that Yabut. There is no way on God's green earth would I stick my hand in a fish hole.
You can't shake hands with a Noodler in June or July, they are all busted and bruised. But they are nice folks around a fish fryer. Some folks say these big cats don't taste good. Don't you believe them.

Peanut    Posted 12-29-2004 at 14:54:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just curious ...

Which two rivers have been authorized?

PS - I have heard the biggies taste too fishy but I haven't tried one yet. I love catfish but I wont be the one noodling. I'll stick to a trot line or bottom fishing with a worm or stink bait.

MikeT    Posted 12-29-2004 at 13:20:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Noodlin's a lot easier if ya use a couple sticks of dynamite first!

Chas in Me    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:57:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fish are why I own fly rods. LOL

hay    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:48:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
i saw a TV program about "noodling" or handfishing and i'm here to tell ya that i'm not about to stick my hand in a cravise or hole and try to catch a catfish barehanded. to me that is insane. them catfish can bite hard and their jaws stay locked and it's hurts.

Hay, who's got better sense than that.

What...    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is 'handfishing'?

Salmoneye, The Curious

DD    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this Salmoneye : )

Uh...    Posted 12-29-2004 at 13:12:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won't even shoot those things with a gun...And it is legal here for 2 months every year...

Salmoneye, The Not So Curious Anymore

DD    Posted 12-29-2004 at 13:18:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, they'd be safe around me : )

Les    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:45:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll tell you one thing for sure, I don't care if it's legal or not, my noodle is stayin right where it belongs and not gonna be used to catch some hunnert pound catfish.

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