That's pretty cool. I am a minimalist myself. By choice, I swear! :SadSigh:I respect the minimalist style if fishing. A big fancy boat with racks of gear and all kinds of electronics ect to outsmart a fish!! Really??!!
When I was in Australia I was shown a thorned vine being used to catch fish. He took the vine, stripped the thorns off except for a few on the end, put some bait on and had a fish in a few minutes. That is REAL fishing.
Yeah, I've seen folks do that. Also, out in a boat, just dropping bait attached to empty milk jugs or soda bottles. Same idea. Some folks will use a can as a "rod", too. Basically, a better spool, but they hold the can in hand.I saw some minimalists one time catching big carp using nothing but a length of braided line and a soda can. They'd attach the line to the can then throw their bait out in the water as far as they could, then just sit the cans down on the rocks and wait for one of them to go bouncing away towards the water. They would go grab the can and pull the fish in by hand, wrapping the line around the can as they went.
Although they were in the Midwest, they weren't typical rednecks. They seemed to be of Mideastern origin, wearing robe-type garments, sandals, etc. This was way back in the '80's when they weren't presumed to be "terrorists" and were just kind of an oddity 'round these here parts.
I watched them catch several large carp using that method: always said I was gonna try it myself but never have.
Thanks for the video clarification! I was worried it was going to be something stupid and crazy!!I like snakes a lot. No poisonous snakes around where I live now really. Saw a 5 ft gopher snake fishing the other day. Rattlers in some places, but you never see them.
So, noodling is a way to catch BIG catfish. It's something I've only ever seen in the south. Basically, you get in the water and stick your hand/fist into the little underwater pockets under the bank as "bait" or "annoyance" - not sure what the fish thinks. Super dangerous. We're talking 50lb+ fish if you're "lucky". That fish will likely tear your arm up bad. Lots of blood in noodling even if you wear gloves. AND, there are poisonous water snakes that hide in the same holes. Lot's of people do it. Not my cup of tea.
I generally disrespect all state "agencies" as foolish and wasteful, including the one I work for, but have never done so with the Missouri Department of Conservation. They have their act together and do an outstanding job.Seems like people never learn! Deplete the stock, disturb and target the breeders and you won't have to worry about poor fishing practices in a short time. There will be no fish.