The current issue of Newsweek magazine (Jan 10, 2005) has a quote from Howard Ramsey, president of Noodlers Anonymous, in its Perspectives section. Here's the quote and subsequent write-up: "I hope this is the first step toward a statewide noodling season." Howard Ramsey, president of Noodlers Anonymous, on the Missouri Conservation Commission's approval of an experimental "noodling" season next summer. Engaging in the sport, in which people catch catfish with their hands, has long been a misdemeanor punishable by fines. Intrigued by this interesting Newsweek piece, I probed the issue further and discovered the following on-line article, published within the last month in a Missouri-based publication. The article gives some insight into Mr. Ramsey's Newsweek quote. Missouri Noodling Article I will reserve my judgement for now, though one cannot dismiss some severe flaws in his reasoning.