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Gone Fishing

Rhona Lewis

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and almost all — 96.5 percent! — of that water is ocean or sea. Millions of fish swim in that water. How do we catch them?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Not everyone uses a fishing rod. Some people catch fish with just their hands, by tickling or noodling. InEngland, fishermen catch trout by approaching the fish carefully, tickling the trout’s belly to shock it, and then simply scooping it up. In the southern US, fishermen called noodlers catch catfish by swimming underwater for up to 20 feet and putting their hands into the catfish’s hole. When the catfish latches onto the fisherman’s hand as it tries to escape, the fisherman grabs it. But beware: Alligators, snakes and beavers sometimes live in abandoned catfish holes. Besides, catfish don’t have scales and therefore aren’t kosher. If you don’t want to get your hands wet, use your feet!

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