Noodle fishing for catfish

By Capt. Bill Watkins

We dropped the last of our thirty noodles over the side of the boat and turned to look back down the irregular line of white floating cylinders. All of them were floating flat on the water. None were moving except for rising and falling over the one foot waves coming in from the south across Sam Rayburn Reservoir. We were fishing in the Harvey Creek drainage in an area that had a lot of flooded islands. In that area, there is a lot of hydrilla growing under the surface of the water out to about six feet of depth. We had followed the outside edge of the hydrilla with our depth finder and dropped our noodles as close as possible to that edge.

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