Okie Noodling is a film by Austin-based filmmaker Bradley Beesley about the art of “noodling” in the state of Oklahoma. For those who may not know, noodling can best be described as handfishing. You jump in the water and start feeling around with your hands and feet for holes, logs, and other structure that may hold catfish. When one bites down on your fingers or toes you’ve got it, and its got you. Grab on and rip that fish to the surface. Now, you can show off your fish and battlescars. The chicks will be all over you.
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching 60-pound catfish with your bare hands, and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years. Diving into creeks, rivers, and lakes in search of bank-dwelling catfish, the tradition of “noodling” originated as a Native American hunting practice, but has survived as a rural sport with a unique and colorful subculture. OKIE NOODLING is a one-hour documentary which catches the excitement and sense of community that has hooked three Oklahoma families on handfishing.
Cabelas has a great field guide article on the tactics of catfish noodling and what its like to be a “Noodler”.
Well, granted, you have to be two McNuggets short of a Happy Meal to try this stuff, but for the sake of journalistic integrity, I felt it was my duty to participate–at least once–so I could write a realistic account. And so, one day I found myself taking a deep breath, diving underwater in a lake and reaching into a dark hole while several noodling enthusiasts cheered me on topside. A catfish was home. And when I realized it was indeed a catfish–not some critter that might bite off my fingers–I was, at least initially, happy.
Imagine a beautiful hot summer day. The sky is blue and a soft breeze is blowing from the north. You are sitting in your car, with the window open, quietly enjoying all of the scenery Mother Earth has to offer. All of a sudden you are setting the hook on a fifty inch muskie and the mammoth fish breaks your line and swims away. You frown, and then reach over to your glove box and grab a new lure and tie it on, hoping for another chance to catch the massive fish.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why would I be fishing out of my car?” Well why not? If your car could drive on water you wouldn’t need to buy a boat would you? Perhaps fishing from your car wasn’t the reason behind Gibbs Technologies 2003 creation, but if I had my own amphibious car, I would certainly fish from it.
This impressive new car has a 175 horsepower motor and can reach up to 100mph on land and 30mph in the water. And what would you expect to pay for this James Bond-style toy? How about £150,000.00 or more than $300,000.00 Canadian.
They say two heads are better then one This healthy two-headed Cuban tortoise was found on a river bank in Havana. Link via BoingBoing
For the lazy fisherman This strange device will set your hook and you don’t even need to touch the rod! It is a revolutionary fishing rod holder that gives everyone the opportunity to catch more fish. Link
Got LockJaw? The good’ole boys at Tackle Tour review a truly innovative new lure design. The LockJaw, with an innovative design, creates new opportunities for anglers to fish in and around some normally very hard to access sweet spots.
Its knot that hardStren, “America’s number 1 fishing line”, teaches you how to tie strong knots for multiple purposes with easy to understand diagrams, anyone can learn.
The Real Life AquaticBill Murray would be proud. The fluorescent shark was initially observed—though not captured on film until now—during the Deep Scope expedition last year.
Fish Calculator I know there are tons of these out there, but here is a quick link to a site that offers a fish fish calculator for walleye, pike, bass and bluegill. Yes, even bluegill.
Life-like paper fish. Are you stuck at work with nothing to do? Would you rather be fishing? Well this is probably as close as you are gonna get for now. At least you’ll be able to kill some time! Link via BoingBoing
Ever wondered what your lures look like on the inside? Well I have, and apparently these Finish Fishing fanatics did to! (Try saying that 3 times fast.) Link
I’ve caught a few freshwater fish with leeches, and seen a few pictures from friends of Musky with large ulcers, but I’ve never seen anything like this. One things for sure the next time I catch a fish I’ll be looking in their mouth for one of these buggers. You can find more information and pictures on the Australian Museum Fish Site.
Cymothoa exigua, a crustacean, is the only known parasite that effectively replaces a body organ. It makes its home in the mouth of a fish, where it drains blood from the tongue until it withers and dies. It attaches itself to the remaining stub and the fish is actually able to utilize it as a replacement tongue to draw in and manipulate food, which the parasite shares.
That’s right! If you’re a die-hard carp fisherman you probably have dreams of epic fishing destinations in Europe for massive carp. But did you know that Hungary is home to 3 of the 4 European world records for carp? It’s true. In fact it’s one of the few places where [...]
This weekend is Father’s Day and to celebrate we’re running a photo contest where you could win a FREE t-shirt and six sticker set worth $33. Just follow the rules below for your chance to win! Follow @WEFISHINMANE on Instagram and/or Twitter. Spend a day fishing with your father (or [...]
It feels like time is passing faster and faster as I get older. So I have no doubt it won’t be long before I’m looking back on ten full years of Fishing Fury. Of course looking back it’s easy to see we’ve accomplished a great many things in our time, [...]
Today we’re serving up three fresh fishing reviews and we’ve got plenty more on the way. I’m really hoping to knockout a backlog of these before bass season opens! If you’re looking for fishing reports and shorter updates be sure to check out our forums for more great content. Where [...]
Father’s day is fast approaching and you can now save 25% off of our fish inspired phone cases (use code: SHIRTCSMGTIE after adding items to your cart). You can also save on items such as shirts and mugs. Check out our Fishing Fury Zazzle shop before June 3rd to take [...]
Paul Mugo, owner of the Kenya Tyeing Flies Company, has sent me yet another amazing collection of his handmade flies. If you haven’t seen his work before you should definitely check out the two previous galleries of his fantastic flies. I will be putting these flies to the test next [...]
Introducing Cryptoid Lure Co, the official brand of lures manufactured by the Kokemachine from the web based info-comedy 4EEL FISHING. With colors inspired by various characters of the paranormal ilk, the Kokemachine has aspired to make some of the most tripped out and hilarious spoons that will ever land you [...]