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May 9, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Options du jour

Open-ended days should be required. Stick it in a healthcare mandate.

Room to maneuver.

Doors open so ideas can run down the hallway and jump out the window if they like.

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Possible stairway to Heaven.

Or maybe NASA is experimenting with alternative paths to the International Space Station.

Contingency plans a good idea. Can’t trust porky friends these days. Much less opponents.

Science seems to be going the way of public education. Those that know the very least are mandating and making rules. They bluster and posture to sound intellectual, but we all know better. Photo ops, though.)

Could be a Batman-type signal?

Who know for what.

Any ideas?

Things get dark and murky sometime.

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Wise to be careful dipping into murky waters. Always some who won’t listen.

Influenced by beers, peers, or weirds.

No fears by catfish noodlers since Texas legalized bare-handed catfish grabbing three years ago.

Noodling has scaled up.

Now sounds even more normal official as a recreational sport.

Can’t wait for the Tawakoni Noodling Tournament in Hunt County in June.

It’s Texas’ first catfish noodling contest.

They do have some marketing. Here’s where you’ll find her – I mean, information.

Catfish noodling girl.

Catfish are generally shy. (Something the noodlers are not known for)

While catfish can grow up to 4 feet and reach 100 pounds, they aren’t quick to hop on the celebration boat.

(Fish generally hope to swim off to other tales.)

Since noodling is now legal, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department feels forced compelled to

  • Develop plan for a healthy catfish population
  • “Identify who hand-fishing anglers are and what their needs may be”

That last one? Guess some are being assigned to watch the reality TV shows.

They are serious! Noodlers! Let your voices be heard!

Take the TX Parks and Wildlife Department’s noodling survey here.

(Your tax dollars at work – Hey, it’s better than the Fed’s shrimp on a treadmill. Fishing is a sport. Not sure marathon shrimp racing is.)

As the old timers say, “Will wonders never cease?”

Pays to be open-minded.

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“Mom, he followed me home. Can I keep him?”

Not that open-minded.

Keep fishing.

Throwing out lines,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

For the devoted noodlers, other posts:

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This is weird, right? Maybe it’s an SOS from NASA, the ship channel, the chemical complexes, and the refineries – all great military targets – concerned about losing what little air defense remains at Ellington Field. A planned round of military cuts will deactivate the Apache Battalion. 400 active duty soldiers at Ellington and 16 older Apache helicopters will be replaced with 5 old HU-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Hey, we never missed those jets that left, right? What’s next – some missile launchers mounted on old Toyota trucks? Keeping you safe!




  1. Carrie Rubin / May 9 2014 5:13 pm

    Noodling is one of those things I just don’t get. When my husband first learned about it, he thought it was a joke. I informed him it wasn’t. Guess it’s just not my thing or in my neck of the woods.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2014 6:34 pm

      Afraid it’s not on my radar either…always thought it was a drunk guy thing…or like maybe “Deliverance”. Goes to show publicity/raising awareness can legitimize just about anything. Marketing! Marketing! Cashing in on the strange.(It’s not a freak show is it? They used to have those… not PC now.) So back to noodling… Thanks for splashing over


  2. Paul / May 9 2014 7:33 pm

    I’ve seen those shows on reality TV. Hard to believe it’s considered a sport. Honestly to get chest deep in that muddy water to try and get a fish to swallow my arm? – you’d have to have a gun to my head. What about water snakes and other nasty things? Yikes! Maybe the message in the sky is a request from aliens wanting to know why we’re noodling. Glad you took the plunge on this noodle Phil. Enjoyed it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2014 8:31 pm

      I’ll agree noodling is entertainment of a sort or recreation, but sport? Not sure about that. (If the Olympics even think about considering it as an event, I’m done.)
      Will say it’s really easy for some to get very bored during country summers. Rather humorous the state parks people are taking a survey. Have a hunch it’s to protect the catfish guys.
      Maybe you’re right about the sky code..a warning to stay away for your own sanity?
      Thanks for fishing out a comment


  3. EllaDee / May 9 2014 10:14 pm

    In had to Google catfish noodling… and it’s weird. Even though you described it, I couldn’t grasp barehanded catfish grabbing. As far as I know, in Australia we catch catfish with a line. My preference being small ones that will fit in a skillet on an open fire and on a piece of hot buttered toast. The U.S. version seems like [way] overkill. Good marketing though, I sorta thought about it for a minute but noooooo, it couldn’t be good for my manicure.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2014 11:45 pm

      We caught catfish with poles or lines – never eager to grab them – they can cut skin. I still like them pan fried, too.
      The whole noodling craze seems to have originated in Oklahoma/Louisiana/Arkansas – and spread by reality shows on the Discovery Channel and PBS “educational” programs. Just how bored are people?…(maybe it’s the beer.) Can’t believe there’s a survey (The wildlife people are apparently concerned about too many catfish being caught) And actual tournaments? Reality is stranger than fiction for sure. Thanks for swimming by


  4. Ally Bean / May 9 2014 10:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of catfish noodling. What a stupid thing to do! Hope the “sport” stays in TX.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2014 11:39 pm

      Actually it seems to be really popular in Arkansas and Louisiana. Looks like it has existed the longest in Oklahoma.Probably found anywhere there are bored drunk high school/college kids? PBS and Discovery Channel helped spread it. Funny – who knew so many watched “educational” channels? (With luck your area will have TV reality show blackouts) Thanks for grabbing a comment to toss in the bucket.


  5. PiedType / May 10 2014 5:20 am

    They’ve been noodling in Okla. for years. Legally, I assume. I think they’re nuts. And anyone who would try it in Texas in croc country is … probably not going to be nuts much longer.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2014 2:03 pm

      Apparently OK is the original. For some reason became legal here a few years ago – some of the legislators were confused and wondered why anyone would want it, but they passed it. Sounds like Parks and Wildlife are trying to keep an eye on the catfish population. But as you say, there are other things in those watery holes. Thanks for floating a comment over


  6. timethief / May 10 2014 6:44 pm

    Ummm … my opinions are (1) catfish are an environmental plague and (2) catfish noodlers must be batshit crazy. I don’t comprehend why they aren’t conducting a cull like New Zealanders do.
    Lake Taupo Catfish Cull 2014


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2014 9:51 pm

      Whew – that’s one angry looking catfish. But that’s a pretty harsh way to catch them. Noodlers echo back to primitive man hand fishing? (or very bored/drunk/desperate for attention)
      Lots of people pole/rod catch catfish and fry up them up around here(hush puppies, fries usually along side). You can even buy fillets frozen or order catfish in restaurants….but then again lots also eat crawfish,too – which I won’t touch. Mud bugs. Yucky.
      Thanks for netting that video!


  7. reneejohnsonwrites / May 11 2014 12:08 am

    OK, I’m never ever noodling, or grappling, or whatever the fist-fishing thing is called. Yikes. I don’t even like to fish with a line and pole. I’d much rather bring a bag of popcorn and a good book.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2014 9:25 pm

      And no hope for spear fishing either (not fond of holes in my feet). I’ll leave all the procurement of dinner to others.Thanks for splashing a comment over


  8. Sun / May 11 2014 2:40 am

    cool form of fishing…save money not having to buy bait or fishing tackle and, i think, a more humane way to snag up dinner. but then again, from the fish point of view: is it better to have a hand up my mouth or a hook stabbed into my body…hmm… 😛


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2014 9:46 pm

      Hand fishing can be a (humorous) fair fight – if water way is left natural. Last year there were reports of people making dams to limit fish movement or using boards to close up the natural “backdoor” escape routes – basically trapping the fish and moving in to grab it. It’s not like the people are starving and have to catch fish to feed children or die. The catfish “nurseries” were being invaded – and there was a concern over breeding stock being targeted. Sounds like the Parks and Wildlife guys are trying to get a hand on this thing before it goes wrong. If only people could be counted on to play fair and do what is best for all involved. Meanwhile, I’ll just head to the freezer or cat fish fry for mine…with hush puppies! Thanks for floundering along


      • Sun / May 12 2014 3:17 am

        terrible news about the damming. figures some would not play fair. hmm, hush puppies . . . have not tasted that in quite some time. 🙂


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2014 1:45 pm

          Fish in a barrel. Not quite the original concept. Hope that Catholic church is planning another fish fry soon – easier if you don’t have to clean up later! Thanks for circling around


          • Sun / May 13 2014 1:49 am

            i totally agree with meals prepped and cleaned up by someone other than ourselves! 🙂


  9. angelswhisper2011 / May 11 2014 7:34 am

    Poor catfish…stoopid people 😦 Pawkisses for a Happy Mom’s Day 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2014 9:51 pm

      If waterway is natural and open, the catfish can do some damage to human hands and escape. Not happy with those who use boards or barriers to trap fish, then grab them. That’s not sporting. Must be other ways to have fun….We watched egrets fishing today – now they know how to be patient and be really really still for a long time. Paw waves for MOther’s Day! (Oh, Molly, not sure Binky wanted a slobbery dog kiss. She means well! Tail wags – much better!)


  10. heretherebespiders / May 13 2014 9:23 pm

    Holy moley – I caught a giant catfish once in Ohio – had no clue what was on my line but it was THAT THING in the photo. I’d never stick my fingers in its mouth! That blood is hers for sure! I also hooked a snapping turtle in the shell, right behind his head, and lost my sunglasses that day – I am not a fisherwoman!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2014 2:28 pm

      Catfish are ugly – and will fin you – draws blood. Fishing requires quiet and stillness around here, not my normal condition. Thanks for landing a comment for this bait bucket


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