What is noodling? Fishing for catfish with your bare hands, practiced primarily in the southern United States. The noodler places his or her hand inside a discovered catfish hole. Many other names, such as grabbling, graveling, hand-grabbing, hogging, cat-daddling, dogging, gurgling, tickling and stumping, are used in different regions for the same activity. Follow me as I learn the art of noodling.