Senate OKs Legalizing "Noodling"

Amid the budget drama of the day, senators had a few moments of levity when they brought up the "noodling" bill, which would legalize the practice of hand-fishing for catfish.

“I personally don’t noodle, but I would defend to the death your right to do so,” said Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, author of the bill.

Dipping ones hand into freshwater and waiting for a catfish to clamp down on it is currently illegal in Texas. Doing it could net you a $500 fine. Deuell's bill requires noodlers to have a freshwater fishing licensed and freshwater fishing stamp, but ...

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