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Out There: Men of iron snatching cats

Catfish snaggers see something that can't be done by normal human standards, and they decide they must do it.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:38 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

In spring and early summer, they gather at the dams, standing shoulder to shoulder on the banks of big rivers. They come to fish; but to the uninitiated, their fishing seems foolhardy.

They use no bait. Their rods are extraordinarily long, unwieldy and heavy.

They cast huge weighted treble hooks far into the roiling water, then snatch them through the water with hard jerks that jar their bones.

It looks like work. It is.

Cast. Reel. Snatch. Reel. Snatch. Reel. Snatch. Reel. ...

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