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Catfishin' with Noodles

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My buddy Dylan and I decided yesterday afternoon to try something a little bit new, so we decided to throw out the catfish noodles that I recently made. We caught 2 Blue cats, 2 gar, and 1 big soft shell turtle. Also after we set out the noodles we caught 2 bass within 5 minutes. One on a wacky work and the other on a Squarebill. We used cut up bluegill for the noodles bait.

Noodle setup:
This was my first time making and fishing with catfish noodles. I cut both the noodle and the PVC pipe 12inches and also drilled a hole 2inches from the base of the noddle to thread the line through it. For the main line I used White Crabbing twine. I tied a swivel and connected 40lb mono with a 1/2 lead weight to the top of the mono. As a hook I used a 4/0 circle hook. Since this is my first time making noodles, I would appreciate any feedback to modify the noodles.
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I have been noodling for CF for a number of years in central Louisiana. If I were you I would put enough line on my noodle to reach the bottom, tie a small weight on the end of your line, a spark plug works well, just enough to keep the noodle from floating off. If the water is say 15 feet deep, I would have a swivel about eight feet from the bottom, off the swivel I tie a short leader line, about 8 - 10 inches, at the end of it tie on your hook, a circle 4 or 5 is good. When you put it out drop the line down, when it touches the bottom, do a couple of twist in your line and loop it over the noodle. This keeps the line from unreeling off the noodle.
Hope this helps some.
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Thanks @got2gofishing
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   bs186
Nice catch guys! Proud of nephew Dylan. Future pros?
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