Noodlin' Around With the State's Law Banning the Practice of Catfishin' With Yer Bare Hands
|Brady Knowlton and one of his pals, from his Facebook page|
Well, actually ...
Noodling's illegal in Texas. Because, you see, it's not "sporting." There are only 17 states in which it's permitted at present, OK among 'em. Knowlton's trying to change that by getting a bill pushed through the state Lege that would allow it. But he's running up against folks who wanna keep it prohibited, if only to protect the local catfish population -- which one Texas State University biologist says ain't in no danger of being decimated by bare-handed fishin'.
To some in Texas, the ban on noodling is a sign of government run amok.Read the whole thing here.
Gary Elkins, a Republican state lawmaker who represents part of Houston and sponsored Mr. Knowlton's bill in the house, says the state should have no role in telling noodlers how to go about catching their prey.
That does not mean he has any desire to try their methods, he says: "I'm not sticking my hand in a fish's mouth."