Did You Know Catfish Noodling is Now Legal in Louisiana?

I may be a few days late, but apparently one of the many laws that went into effect in Louisiana on August 1 was legalizing catfish noodles.

Wait, so sticking your arm down a muddy chasm and trying to pull out a stuffed swamp monster was illegal? What a state we live in.

Regardless, we can now practice this crazy form of “fishing” thanks to State Rep. Jack McFarland (R – Jonesboro). He prepared House Bill 419 with input from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The statute mentions several means of getting fish out of the water in Louisiana, but specifically mentions how catfish can be harvested by individuals (in addition to fishing rods and the like).

The new draft law reads in part:

Catfish can be caught with grabs and hand grabs.

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Rep. McFarland was actually taught how to make pasta by a friend a few years ago.

“It takes a bit of courage to walk, maybe underwater, but even just to put your hand in a hole in a tree trunk, in concrete, or even under water on a boat ramp without knowing exactly what’s in there, ‘ McFarland said. “And I think part of that at first was just, man, I can’t let my son show me. I have to do this.”

McFarland initially took some good old-fashioned ribs from his fellow lawmakers, but the bill passed unopposed. So last Monday, August 1, Louisiana joined 16 other states where pasta is legal.

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