There's More Than One Way to Land a Catfish in Texas

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Brady Knowlton has scurried up trees to escape elephants. He has been chased by lions. But in years of hunting, he said, no experience compares to plunging his bare hand into murky water and feeling the powerful jaw of a big catfish clamp down on his arm.

“This is just a very unique thrill,” said Knowlton, a the 30-year-old Dallas outdoorsman who has been hand fishing, or “noodling,” since he was a teenager. But to get his hands inside a catfish’s mouth legally, Knowlton must go to Oklahoma. Hand fishing is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by ...

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