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ArkLaTex In-Depth: Noodling

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It's summer time in the south and many of us like to have a relaxing time on the water. Brian headed out to a local lake but what he found wasn't so relaxing. This sport isn't the safest thing to do but national television has put it in the spotlight and it's becoming more popular than ever.

Josh Johnson said he saw it on TV about five years ago and it looked liked fun so he and Bubba Roy started noodling.

"They hold you under, they get about 50-60 pounds maybe even bigger and if you don't rip them out of there first, they'll hold you down there and you won't get away. Where are they? They're in all these lakes, everywhere whenever you go swimming around here" says Bubba Roy.

Bubba Roy says "they're very powerful, very very powerful. They try to twist and if they twist and you don't have both hands in their mouth, they'll twist off and that's when they'll really get your skin."

Noodling is the little known sport of sticking your arm under a rock, stump or hole in a lake or river in hopes of snagging a flathead catfish with your arm as bait.

Josh Johnson says that "it's the adrenaline to go into the water and have a 40 pound catfish bite you."

Josh and Bubba have been noodling for four or five years now but it's not as easy as it looks.

"Trial and error like anything else. You do it and lose fish and you figure out why you're losing them. You figure it out and eventually you start catching more than you're losing then you're not losing many at all. Our track record now is pretty good. We catch nine out of ten" says Josh.

But what in the world possessed Bubba and Josh to put down a pole and pick up noodling?

"We were out here swimming and we found a stump. Me, him and another friend of ours named Chris. Chris said ‘hey let's catch a catfish. Seen it on TV' So Chris stuck his arm in and he came up top of the water and said there's something in there. Me and Bubba fought over it because we wanted to catch it. We all three took turns and all three came up bleeding. Luckily on about my third try I was the lucky one that finally caught it and it weighted fifteen pounds and we thought it was the biggest thing in the world and now fifteen pounds is small to us but that was a fun first day" says Josh.

Josh and Bubba throw back what they catch because for them, it's the sport of the catch.

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