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On Sticking Your Arm Into an Underwater Cavern and Hoping a Catfish Bites You

Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Landov Lincoln Sadler eyes one of his favorite fishing spots, Great Rock, from a distance but times his approach around an oncoming boat so as not to reveal the rock’s secret location. He has already hiked two-miles in the boiling heat of an August North Carolina day followed by two miles of swimming and wading [...]

Noodling Illegal in Texas — For Now

We’ve mentioned noodling before. It’s a fishing technique that consists of grabbing a fish with your bare hands and tossing it up on the shore. But here in Texas we do it a bit differently. Noodling consists of shoving one’s fist into the water. Then, when a big ol’ catfish clamps its jaws around your [...]

Olivia Catches A Giant Goldfish

You Tube Link Olivia Riley enjoys fishing for catfish in Kansas City’s Troost Lake. On Saturday, however, she caught something a little more unusual than a catfish. Instead of coming up with a catfish, Riley captured the biggest goldfish she’s ever seen.” I don’t know, it’s beautiful!” Riley shouted as she smiled and showed her massive catch to [...]

Namazu: Giant Earthquake Catfish

In old Japan, myth has it that earthquakes are caused by a giant catfish (namazu). After the Great Ansei Earthquake of 1855 which hit Edo (now Japan Tokyo), a new type of color woodblock print blaming the fish became popular. Pink Tentacle explains: These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular [...]

Food by State

Remember the United States of TV map that assigned a show to each of the 50 United States? My Food Looks Funny did that with food, assigning a representative dish to each state. I can’t argue with fried chicken for Kentucky, but I think of catfish or barbecue for Tennessee instead of tomatoes. Link -via [...]

Two more odd things I just learned about fish

When I’m not blogging for mental_floss, I can usually be found wearing bright orange rubber pants and gutting, cutting and selling fish at my local Whole Foods (and winning awards for it). Sometimes, my two worlds collide and I find some scientific research involving my ocean-dwelling friends that begs for a blog post. This is [...]