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Old 11-20-2011, 12:36 PM
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In this article we are going to be looking at making noodles to catch catfish. This type of rig may not be legal in all areas, so check the local laws before you do anything.

Buy some noodles from the local china-mart. The noodles might be seasonal, and should be found in the swimming pool supplies. So far I have only found the noodles in 2 colors – blue and pink.

Cut noodle into 8 inch lengths

Get some 3/4 inch PVC pipe, caps and some PVC glue

Cut PCV pipe into 9 1/2 - 9 3/4 inch long sections. Is seems that the 9 3/4 work best. This gives you about 1 inch of PVC sticking out below the noodle.

Glue cap on 1 end of pipe

Insert PVC pipe into noodle until cap comes into contact with noodle

Drill a 1/4 - 5/16 inch hole in the end of the pipe sticking out past the end of the PVC pipe

Wrap the outside of the noodle with whatever color duct tape state law requires the noodle to be. Since I live in Texas, the noodle must be white, so I wrapped the noodle in white duct tape.

Texas state law also requires that I write a date, my name and my address on the noodle. Just for something extra, I also write my phone number. Just in case I lose a noodle, I hope the person who finds it calls me and lets me know if there was a fish on the line.

After making up 6 noodles with PVC pipe, I think a good length is to cut the pipe 1.75 inches longer then the noodle. If the noodle measures 8 inches long, cut the pipe 9 3/4 inches long. This gives you 3/4 inch to glue the cap on, and 1 inch to protrude out of the noodle.

I was using just a noodle for my drop lines. While I was at the deer camp a few weeks ago a guy told me about using PVC, so I decided to make a few up and see how they do.

In theory, when the catfish pulls on the line, the noodle is supposed to stand up. Hopefully this will make the noodle easier to grab from the boat.

For the hooks, I plan on using Circle Hooks.

Circle hooks have a bend at the end of the hook. In theory, if the fish swallows the hook, its supposed to come back out out of the stomach and hook the fish in the mouth. As opposed to the typical j-hook getting stuck in the stomach of the fish and injuring the fish.

Instead of tying the string to the hook or noodles, I tie a loop knot on both ends of the string. Insert the loop through the hole in the PVC pipe, thread the other end of the string through the loop, and then pull tight.

Do the same thing to the hook. Thread the loop through the eye of the hook, loop the end of the knot over the hook and pull.

When you are finished, it should be just about impossible for the knots to work their way loose.

One set of circle hooks I am using, the eye of the hook is too small for the large trot line string to go through it. For this noodle, I added a 70 pound safety snap and swivel.
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Looks like a fun way to fish... I'll bet you have a good time chasing the noodles! Unfortunately un-attended fishing is not legal in CA. I have to go out of state and buy a lic. to try my SHTF fishing gear out.
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Same thing as a jug line without the jug?
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I have never used the circle hooks, any luck with them or do they all get away?
What kind of percentage do you think you are actually catching ?
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Originally Posted by oldcamper View Post
I have never used the circle hooks, any luck with them or do they all get away?
What kind of percentage do you think you are actually catching ?
Circle Hooks are freaking awsome for set lines, trot lines an Noodles and any other situation when your not going to actively set the hook on a bite but allow a fish swiming away with the bait to hook itslef. The hook functions by caming to the side of the mouth usually hooking said fish neatly in the cornner of the mouth. It works like this amazing reliable. The other thing to keep in mind is that if you are accuston to using a 3/0 Kahles or Oshaunesy hook then you will want to go up to something in the neighborhood of a 5/0 circle hook. At least go one size larger if not two like I do. BTW...this is about the only hook I now use for catfishing and I am the last one to jump on the "Trick of the Week" fishing bandwagon.

Another suggestion on those Catfish Noodles is if you want them to be self flagging to indicate which one has a fish on it or needs to be rebaited make the PVC tuble longer, cap both ends and add a couple of 2 ounce egg sinkers inside the sealed PVC tube. When a fish bites and jerks on the float which is resting side wayson the surface, the weight will shift to the bottom of the tube causing the noodle to ride vertical in the water. Now you know that this one needs to be tended to.

Another tip, I use mine at night and I will often add a strip of refective tape to the tops of my self flagging Noodles. This makes it super easy to chase down mt Noodles in the dark of night on the water. It also allows me to instantly ID my noodles vs someone elses. It also makes it pretty obvious that you are tending/stealing my fish or Noodles too when out on the water!
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I like to take an empty 2 liter soda bottle, spray paint the inside fluorescent orange, and add a dozen small BB's or pieces of gravel. I tie the line, weight, and a 3/0 to 5/0 hook to the bottle, under the cap. When fishing at night I will put 2-3 glowsticks in the bottle. That was you can see them as well as hear them (due to the BB's), regardless of how dark it gets.
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Thanks for the vids Kev.

Please forgive my amateur fishing questions...

Can noodles be utilized effectively if one doesn't have a boat or canoe?
Can noodles be used with a trotline as a hybrid?
Or does that just add an unneeded extra step?
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