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Pool Noodling for Catfish – the Other Kind of Noodling

Picture by Catfish Sutton

OK, something is going to have to change.  When it comes to noodling for catfish, there seems to be two different kinds that are competing for the same name.  One type of noodling is to catch a catfish by finding where the catfish is held up in a hole, and then you reach your hand or arm down into the hole and stick it in the catfishes’ mouth.  When the catfish crabs on, you pull your arm out of the hole with the catfish attached and there you have it.  Well maybe not quite as easy as that, because it usually includes a lot of chomping and yelling.

But then there’s the other type of noodling, but maybe it can be distinguished when some call it pool noodling.  It’s called pool noodling because it’s a method of catching catfish using one of those noodles you see in just about every swimming pool these days.  It’s just a long foam plastic tube that you can buy just about anywhere for real cheap.  This method is really just a newer conversion of jug fishing (or jugging) where they just use any old nasty plastic jug with a line and hook attached.  And sorta related to limb line fishing, throw line fishing, or maybe a single hook version of trotline fishing.  Everybody’s got to do something different.

Anyway, for pool noodling, you make your noodle by tying the fish line to the end of a 1-2 ft length of noodle.  But a couple of different ways have been devised to keep the line from tearing through the noodle.  One is to put a small metal or plastic tube through the end of the noodle (across the diameter) and thread the fishing line through the tube. Another way is to put a PVC pipe (with same outer diameter as the ID of the noodle) through the length of the noodle (with a little gorilla glue to hold it in).  Then you can put two holes at one end of the PVC pipe to tie the fishing line through.  Or as Gobblin tom shows in this video, you can put two caps on the ends of the PVC pipe, put a weight in the pipe, and screw an eye-bolt to one end to attach the fishing line.  The tube is laid flat on the water and when the bait is hit by a catfish, the tube tilts, the weight shifts and the noodle stands up.  With some reflective tape on the top end, it’s easy to see, even at night.  The weight shift idea may cause a few false positives for catches, but I don’t see a problem.  Even if a little nibble turns some noodles upend, they can still catch catfish.  If you wanna be real sure, watch the noodle bob underwater or be drug around to verify the catch.

Also be sure to write you name and address on the noodles or in some states, like Oklahoma, you could get in deep trouble.  This type of noodling is a lot easier method of catching a catfish than the catfish-in-a-hole type of noodling, and doesn’t require all the yelling from the pain of being ravaged by a catfish.  But there is still plenty of yelling many times just because its so easy to grab a nice catfish with a pool noodle. Maybe we should call it Pooloodling or Poodling???

Enjoy Your Fishing Experience


Fishing gives you an enjoyable experience, especially if you follow a few catfishing tips to catch good catfish of your own choice. You’ll find catfish is a popular catch for most anglers, especially because they make tasty meals. For an enjoyable fishing trip, you should keep a few cafishing tips in mind, including the times to catch catfish, how to bait a hole for catfish, and the way to rig for catfish.

Cat fishing tends to be more successful during the nighttime, without the moonlit sky. While these fish are caught successfully during the day by many anglers, others swear by fishing at night. You will also find that rainy, overcast days are great for cat fishing as well. After a rainfall, catfish tend to come out biting as well, because the drifting water in creeks and riverbeds can bring larger catfish out to scavenge.

Bait plays an important role in catching catfish. The most commonly used catfish bait includes crawfish, shrimp, perch, chicken livers, shad, worms, beef livers, stinky prepared baits, chicken hearts, grasshoppers, hot dogs, beef heart, salt pork and even ivory soap. The key is smell. Catfish have a great sense of smell, and tend to go after smelly bait. Baiting a hole is a good way to catch catfish. To do this, you need some soaked grain and oats or horse and mule feces can also be used for baiting a hole. Grain needs to be soaked in water for a few days, until it turns sour. You will need to fill a coffee can with the soaked grain, which will attract catfish.

It is simple to rig for catfish and once you know how, you can easily do it to help catch even more fish. The methods of rigging differ depending on the water you are fishing in. Very calm water, for example, means you should tie a hook and half-ounce ball sinker at the end of the line, which will keep the bait moving with the slight action of the water. If you are fishing in rough, rapid water or drift fishing then you need to tie a barrel swivel on the line after sliding an egg sinker on as well. The bait will be moved along with the current of the waves dragging along with the bounces of swift water. You should use a hook that corresponds to the size of catfish that you want to catch—a bigger hook for a bigger cat.