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Green Way Outdoors Back in Oklahoma With Cat-fishing Safety Tips

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 "Pretty sure he just got bit!"
.And yes, that's the goal of noodling.
"Somebody has to shove you in, and you're inside a cave that's real tight and claustrophobic and you're attempting to get bit by a fish" says Kyle Green, the executive director and host of the Green Way Outdoors.

The crew is back in Northeast Oklahoma highlighting a tradition Native Americans started in our area hundreds of years ago, noodling. Dr. Frank Patino says Catfish are good for you, high protein and low fat. He encourages fishers to cut the fat off, as that's where fish carry the toxins from the lake.

"You stick your hand in there, they bite you. And you attempt to hold on and pull em up, it's insane"

He says Catfish are nesting this time of year. So they're very defensive and ready to bite when somebody tries to invade their nest, holes at the bottom of rivers and lakes. It's the perfect time to catch a bite. They say there's risk for injuries and infection with this sport.

"They have whiskers and spines that are venomous. If they puncture your skin, you're going to have a ton of pain swelling and redness" says Dr. Frank Patino, who was an emergency room doctor for 17 years. 

But the treatment for these cuts is pretty simple.

"Stick your hand in as hot of water as you can stand it. That detonates the protein and takes away a lot of the pain"

Signs you need to head to an emergency room because of a more serious infection are redness, swelling, and red streaks. but since some of these catfish can be 80 or 90 pounds, there is some risk of more serious injury

"They do an alligator death roll, so when you grab them, they spin. So if you don't get all your hand in their mouth and you just get a finger, you'll literally have that finger broken off" says Green

They recommend using the proper technique, wearing protective gloves, and of course, going with an experienced noodler.

"It is something anybody can do. You don't have to spend a dime to do this. And it's a unique opportunity, but if you are going to do it, make sure you go with friends" 

Noodling is one of the only kinds of fishing where you don't need any equipment besides your hands to catch the fish.
But as these guys show us, one thing you will need with you at all time is patience.

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