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Out There: A baptism! Noodling for catfish

The first (and last) time I went "noodling" I was urged to insert my hand in a dark underwater hole to feel for catfish… and, like an idiot, I did.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 12:28 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |  
Special to ESPN Outdoors

Imagine you're visiting one of those Florida alligator farms where tourists can see brave handlers wrestling enormous crocodilians. The handler straddles a 10-foot gator, then asks for a volunteer to come up and assist. Being the daring (a.k.a. stupid) type, you jump at the chance. As you stand before the audience, the handler pries open the maw of the gator, then says, smiling, "While I hold his mouth open, you stick your hand inside."

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