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How to get started in noodling

By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: July 16, 2011

Despite its growing popularity, noodling remains a recreational sport with little organization.

It has spread by word-of-mouth.

But before getting started, prospective noodlers should get a firm grasp on the issues surrounding the sport. Although legal in Oklahoma, noodling has certain guidelines that must be followed.

Among other restrictions, the possession of hooks, gaffs, spears, poles or ropes while noodling can result in fines.

Certain lakes do not allow noodling, and it's best to make sure it's allowed before going ahead.

Another issue is the danger presented in the murky waters.

Various animals, the depths of the water and rock movement are just a few of the potential hazards out there.

Justin Taylor, an experienced noodler, said newcomers should be aware of these issues before entering the water.

“I wouldn't just suggest that some buddies go out there and just try it,” Taylor said. “Always make sure there is an experienced guy out there. Someone who can get you out of a bind.”


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