A Southern U.S. expression meaning to fish by hand. (A synonym for noodling.) A grappler goes into the water, feels for a hole which may be occupied by a catfish, and entices the catfish to bite his hand. The grappler then wrestles the catfish to the surface.
We're going grappling for catfish today, so get the hushpuppies ready!
by Your Old Uncle Bill December 22, 2013