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Anderson Cooper Takes Us "Noodlin" in the Deep South


This is my favorite Anderson Cooper report in recent memory. Last night on AC360 on "The Shot" he featured Noodlin, the practice of catching catfish by hand in Arkansas.

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Says Anderson: "As you can see, they grow them real big in the waters...they literally, like, find the fish and shove their arm down the fishes throat through the gills...That's noodlin...I wanna go noodlin."

And I bet the new biceps could catch Anderson a big one.

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  1. So... am I crazy or was that noodlin' dude kinda hot...

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 5, 2007 11:43:41 AM

  2. You're crazy, Brian. Psych!

    Did you see his derriere? Nice.

    Posted by: RP | Dec 5, 2007 11:54:44 AM

  3. um...........

    *crickets chirp*

    *left speechless*

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Dec 5, 2007 11:56:55 AM

  4. so Anderson won't come out and say he's gay, but he'll admit to be into fisting ??

    Posted by: A.J. | Dec 5, 2007 12:09:15 PM

  5. I am no PETA whack-job, but that seems incredibly brutal and cruel to me. Mind you no complaints about the arms or ass of the local yokel actually doing the noodlin'.

    Posted by: GM | Dec 5, 2007 12:19:24 PM

  6. Every Christmas I go home to the deep south where I was raised, and I see all the hot redneck boys in their pickup trucks, and I wonder why exactly I left the slice of heaven that is Georgia. They sure don't grow 'em like that here in California!

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 5, 2007 12:23:33 PM

  7. I'm just waiting for a gator to rear up and grab the guy.

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 5, 2007 12:28:09 PM

  8. I like country boys but I don't know if I've ever seen anything so redneck in my life.

    Posted by: Wes | Dec 5, 2007 12:33:07 PM

  9. this is appalling.

    Posted by: Phillip (San Diego) | Dec 5, 2007 12:49:25 PM

  10. Being from Oklahoma, I feel the need to mention that my state definitely invented and dominates this sport. It's actually a very dangerous and probably stupid thing to attempt. The biggest risk of all is being attacked by a vicious beaver. Somebody feel free to make a joke there if there is one to be had.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 5, 2007 1:00:54 PM

  11. It's sad that people think it's OK to hurt another living thing.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 5, 2007 1:00:55 PM

  12. The noodlin' hunk aside, I am just glad to see the high level of output that Anderson (the man of my dreams) Cooper continues to generate. This fine reporting ought to keep goofs like Leland from being so nasty about Mr. Cooper's refusal to be a one-issue journalist.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 5, 2007 1:05:17 PM

  13. Michael, I'm an Okie too. (Stillwater.) Maybe that's why I thought this dude was hot. :-)

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 5, 2007 1:11:29 PM

  14. My bf and I saw that segment this morning and you think that guy's arms are nice you shoulda seen his ass. AC was all about it too.

    Posted by: Jersey | Dec 5, 2007 1:28:28 PM

  15. I'm the Lorax, I speak for the trees!!

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Dec 5, 2007 1:32:42 PM

  16. i'm thinking the REAL reason AC showed this segment was for all his gay friends. there was something oddly pornographic about the entire thing.

    Mike: hurting other living things was one of the tools that helped the human race survive and evolve over the past million years. i'm sorry to inform you that we didn't get here on rainbows and sunbeams.

    in fact, besides harming living things in mass amounts (such as in the massacre of corn and wheat during slaughtering season) smaller ecosystems can be almost destroyed completely when fish are allowed to get too big and too fat in a natural habitat without a proper predatory animal to keep the population in check - especially where there are tons of nutrients for bottom-feeding fish (like catfish). i'm not sure if this happens here, but i have seen incidents in Texas. the end result is devastation to other species all around the food chain including migratory birds.

    by your rules, you would condemn the entire earth cycle to death...

    THAT BEING SAID... i must agree that shoving an arm (a rather nice one at that) down a throat of a fish seems a little... unnecessary and strange... although the guy's ass was SMOKING HOT.

    Posted by: James P. | Dec 5, 2007 1:52:55 PM

  17. I don't think Randy Andy was even *looking* at the fish when he said he'd like to go "noodlin'".

    Posted by: David D. | Dec 5, 2007 2:10:48 PM

  18. I don't think Coop was thinking about fishing when he said he "wanna go noodlin'"!

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 5, 2007 2:29:34 PM

  19. In Mississippi we called this method of sport fishing "grapplin". I had cousins that loved to go grapplin in Mississippi's muddy rivers and lakes back in the 70's and 80's.

    Come to think of it, they were hot, well built rednecks too.

    I don't know which sounds more pornographic; "noodlin" or "grapplin".

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 5, 2007 2:43:51 PM

  20. I'm not a hunter or a vegetarian. I've also been an avid towleroad reader for a few years never having commented before. Now I'm posting twice in one day. I'm not sure why I'm posting twice on this topic, but there is a pretty good chance I know more about it than the average reader since I am from that part of the country. "Noodlin" has got to be one of the LEAST cruel ways of hunting or procuring animals for consumption. When compared to slaughter houses or chicken farms, this is definitely a more fair fight between man and beast. You do not shove your arm down the fishes throat. Quite the contrary, you place your arm in a hole where you think a large cranky fish may be residing. Then you wait for the fish to bite YOU. You are essentially using your own arm as bait and tackle. Look at the bite marks on the guys arm at the end of the video. Not sure why I'm feeling the need to defend hot rednecks, but there you have it.

    Before anyone takes offense, I'm not saying there is no cruelty here, just asking you to compare it to every other practice.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 5, 2007 3:10:54 PM

  21. I wonder what else grows big in those waters, Anderson.

    Posted by: DN | Dec 5, 2007 4:09:19 PM

  22. I've been "stump-grabbin'" as we called it when I was a kid growing up in Mississippi (and I never heard it called anything else). There could just as well be a big ole snappin' turtle in that hollow log as a giant catfish. Just goes to show you that you never know what's on the other side of that hole you're sticking your appendages into.

    And yeah that swamp man is more than kinda hot.

    Posted by: Bryant | Dec 5, 2007 5:10:55 PM

  23. I love the look on his face right after he says "I wanna go noodlin." You can hear him say "That doesn't sound right" right after, to which the other anchor responds "No, it doesn't."


    You can have my noodle any time, Anderson.

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 5, 2007 5:46:17 PM

  24. that guy is hot..i bet anderson noodled him too...

    Posted by: alan brickman | Dec 5, 2007 7:55:58 PM

  25. This is completely disgusting and barbaric. The fact that these news models giggle at the sight of horrible animal abuse if incredibly offensive and yes, I am a vegetarian and find animal agriculture (for food and clothing) vile as well. I don't find men who harm animals hot in the least. Brutality is brutality - plain and simple. Certainly we have a long history of terrible behaviour as a species but to use that as an excuse to continue such behaviour is pretty ridiculous and comparing the harvesting of plant life to the violent murder of another being is beyond stupid.

    Posted by: Timothy | Dec 6, 2007 5:12:12 PM

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