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Whacky Friday: Texas legislators OK bill that will allow 'hand-fishing'

David Baggett, Lake Lawtonka, Oklahoma.
(GONZALEZ: Noodling)
The Texas Tribune
CREDIT: Bradley Beesley
David Baggett, Lake Lawtonka, Oklahoma. (GONZALEZ: Noodling) The Texas Tribune CREDIT: Bradley Beesley

Our whacky Friday contribution, to help you get into the weekend.

The Texas legislature has had its share of tough topics to deal with. But they're one step from resolvingone of the state's longstanding battles between "anglers" and state regulators.

The legislature in Texas this week approved "noodling," the practice of hand-fishing for catfish. The next step is to get the governor to sign the bill.

Back in the South, the good ol' boys walk into the water and keep shoving their hands down in the water until some fish clamps on. That's called fishing by some of them. 

In Texas, that kind of sport has been a Class-C felony.

If the bill is signed, all those midnight noodlers can come out and do their thing in plain daylight. 

Here's the Texas Tribune summary of how legislators came to their senses. Photo credit goes to the Texas Tribune.




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