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Noodling closer to being legal in Texas

Updated: May 24, 2011, 6:09 PM ET
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Catching catfish with your bare hands -- a practice allowed in only 17 other states -- may soon be legal in Texas.

A bill approved last week would make noodling legal in Texas, as it is in neighboring Oklahoma.

ESPN highlighted noodling in an award-winning feature by reporter Wright Thompson last year.

Noodling is the practice of using a person's hands to find the fish in underwater nooks, then to get the fish to latch onto the noodler's arm with their mouths. Sometimes, ...

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