Cat-fisting: Also known as catching monster catfish with your bare hands
Noodling, no equipment required
Last Updated: 176 days ago
TULSA, OK - To catch a fish you need bait right? Not in Oklahoma, its one the states where hand fishing is legal.
Whether you call it noodling, hillbilly hand fishing, or cat-fisting, catching a catfish by hand could not be more simple. All you need to do is find a fish beneath the water's surface, shove your fist in its mouth and pull it up.
Sounds easy enough, but mustering up the courage to do it is totally different. You never know what you are going to get. Instead of catching a catfish, you might be bit by a snake instead. The water is murky, but apparently with this sport, it's not about seeing -- it's about feeling.
Kaleb Summers of Summers' Time Outdoor Adventures is one of the best in the area. He is so good he enjoys taking out rookies and introducing them to his favorite hobby.
"You're out of your element. Once you go out into the water, you are in that fish's element," Summers said.
The great thing about hand fishing is the size of the fish you pull in. Twenty pound fish are common, but that's nothing when it comes to the guys who really know what they are doing.
Summers won the Pauls Valley Tournament in 2012 with a fish that weighed over 80 pounds.
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