The Traditional Art of Catfish Noodling

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Catfish Noodling

Practicing as an attorney with Harbison, LLC, and Gentle Turner Sexton in Birmingham, Alabama, Edgar Gentle is known for positive client results in the area of settlement administration. Edgar Gentle enjoys outdoor activities outside of work and finds time to noodle for catfish.

Typically conducted in shallow water, noodling involves identifying catfish nests or hideouts, which tend to be beneath fallen logs and rocks as well as within mud banks. Spring and summer spawning season finds catfish guarding their nests, where their eggs are located. Once an ideal noodling spot is discovered, noodlers block potential escape routes and test the hole with some type of stick, which will identify what type of animal is in the area. If the catfish is within that space, the noodler inserts his or her hands to grab the fish.

Catfish are strong and can bite, and they share their spaces with potentially dangerous turtles and snakes. For these reasons, noodling is not for novices and is valued as a skill handed down between generations.