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Rep. Paul Ryan Likes to Go Catfish Noodling

Not an actual photo of Ryan

Catfish noodling? What the [bleep] is that? Well, glad you asked because I had never heard of it either. Catfish noodling is fishing for catfish using only bare hands, practiced primarily in the southern United States. The noodler places his hand inside a discovered catfish hole. Many other names, such as catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling and stumping, are used in different regions for the same activity.

Due to concerns over either the safety of noodlers or sustainability of fish populations, or both, the technique is illegal in some states where it was once traditionally practiced.

The practice poses significant dangers because the noodler can drown while being held underwater by a large Catfish. The fish’s teeth can also tear the skin. And other creatures like beavers and muskrats that also populate underwater holes can easily bite the fingers off fisherman.

Lee McFarlin with a fish caught by noodling. Image from Wikipedia.

Some experts argue that noodling is inhumane because eggs can not hatch after the adult catfish have been removed from the nest.

In an interview published by The New York Times on Sunday, the chairman of the House Budget Committee declared his love for Catfish noodling. It appears that messing around with Medicaid, Medicare and our health insurance just isn’t enough to keep him busy.

“We walk around the banks looking for holes,” Ryan explained to the Times. “And you get your hand inside the fish and they kind of — they come up on your hand. And then you just squeeze where ever you are on that fish and pull it out.”

Ryan’s Wisconsin is the only one of 12 U.S. states where noodling is legal that is not in the South. Last year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed a bill legalizing noodling in his state. Hmmmm… how convenient for Paulie the Noodler.

Ryan does not have much concern for the health care of citizens of the US, so it goes without saying that he could care less about some catfish and their eggs.

Just another power trip sport for an insane power-tripping State Representative. I wonder who he is imagining the fish is when he is throttling it between his hands….

I’d venture to guess Obama. tsk tsk

Here is a video from Animal Planet about Noodling.

Hillbilly Handfishin’ – Kansas Girls Do It Better

Wikipedia: Noodling
The Raw Story: Paul Ryan loves Catfish noodling: ‘Crazy but exhilarating’


  1. Okie here. I know all about noodling and I’m here to tell ya you won’t catch this city girl splashing around in neck-deep murky water sticking her bare hand into underwater holes to see what grabs hold. Nooooo! No way. But I’d pay a buck or two to see Ryan doing it. I’m having a lot of trouble imagining that man being that macho.

    • LOL… yeah. Catfish, especially Channel Cat’s, can get pretty darn big. My father loved to fish for catfish, and I would join him. But we didn’t noodle. I honestly have never heard of it before, and I have hung around a lot of people I could see that would be attracted to it.

      LOL… I’d love to see it, too.

  2. I guess it’s just another culture down in Dixie, or maybe they’re all secretly castaways from another planet. Intergalactic illegals who got deported, and so we got stuck with ’em…

      • You should have heard me the other day at work during lunch – I was on a spontaneous and fiery burn of the US South, all off the top of my head, and making a bunch of us New England Intellectual Elitists really laugh! But I wouldn’t dare blog about the things I said – cause it could start the Civil War all over again!

        Although if was Abe Lincoln, there would have been no war when the southern states seceded, cause I would have just said “Ya’ll don’t let that door hit ya in the ass on yer way out, and give my regards to your wife and sister, cause I hear she’s very pretty.” And then, if I was Abe, I would have jumped for joy while clicking my heels together, and declared it a National Holiday!

        • Honestly I’m not the least bit surprised – which is why Abe should have just let them leave. If they love the South so much, then they should have just kept marching south – until they were all down in South America.

          They would’ve loved it down there – lots of far right wing dictatorships, indigenous races they could subjugate without the expense of having to import them, and later on, they could have been good buddies with those expatriate Nazis!

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