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From Tulsa World, 7/21/09

Eric Bailey: Noodling with TU's Bryan

Mike Bryan, 21, puts a large catfish into a live well during a noodling trip. Sunday July 19, 2009 SHERRY BROWN / Tulsa World

By ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Published: 7/21/2009 2:28 AM
Last Modified: 7/22/2009 10:21 AM

I spent Sunday morning with Mike Bryan on an area lake, watching him "noodling" for catfish.

Bryan, a TU senior linebacker, took a Tulsa World photographer, a KOTV photojournalist and me to display his talent for catching 30-pound-plus catfish with his bare hands.

An upcoming feature will talk about how his group (including his girlfriend and best friend) caught eight fish. Seeing them plop big fish after big fish in the boat was amazing. His girlfriend even caught two herself.

Bryan was a very hospitable host. In dealing with him for four years, I expected that, but he made sure that everyone was comfortable and got everything they needed. He even asked if we wanted to try it (no thanks!)

Bryan said his adventure was one of the last he'll have this summer because once two-a-day practices start, he won't have time to get on a boat.


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