(trying to catch a catfish with your bare hands by wiggling your fingers or toes as bait) from a canoe in shallow water. Often results in a capsized canoe, in addition to the injuries common to noodling (snakebites and missing fingers).
Tom: Joe and Billybob went canoodling the other day.
Bud: That so?
Tom: Yeah they didn't say nothin'?
Bud: Sounds fun though. I been noodling
but never in a canoe. Didn't hear a thing though.
Tom: Guess that figures - big son-of-a-bitch turned their whole boat over and Billybob lost his phone - but they got the sucker!
Bud: Oh man - I better head over and get me some of that catfish - have me a roast tonight.
Tom: Sounds like a plan - but better get over there 'fore they're done givin' it away - everybody else's heard already.
Bud: Sure thing - thanks Tom!