Field and Stream


- —Will Brantley, June–July 2017

Michelle took our son, Anse, noodling three days before he was born, and every June and July, we host a rotation of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends, all of whom are eager to wrestle a flathead. At the end of it, a few are just as eager to go home and never come back. But most can’t wait to do it again.

Even seasoned noodlers are a little afraid of noodling. It’s half the fun. You’re going to get cut, beaten, and bruised. But you’ll probably catch the biggest catfish of your life and become the family no one messes with at reunions. To truly make your summer complete, you need to get your arm bit by giant catfish.

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