Teenager Fishes Giant Mudcat Out Of Storm Sewer
While most teenagers choose to visit a lake in the countryside to go fishing, this 15-year-old Texas high-school student prefers catching fish from a sewer in his native city. Kyle Naegeli, who lives in the Houston area of Katy, is a big fan of this unusual fishing technique.
Kyle Naegeli recently caught this giant 2 pound mudcat in his Texan neighborhood's storm sewer system. Kyle, also known as 'The Fish Whisperer', uses shad for bait and when the fish bites on it, he uses net to fish it out of the sewer. Kyle says that he first tried sewer fishing on a bet with his dad, but has caught many fish since and returns them right after, so this unusual hobby became a daily routine for young Kyle.
The teenager spotted a mudcat stuck in the sewer outside his home and went through the manhole with a net to catch the fish on camera. Footage shows Kyle carefully fishing out the mudcat with a net, tapping up its mouth while holding the fish in his hands.
Sewer fishing is the new fad among enthusiasts. There are multiple species of fish that swim from the ponds and into the storm drains, lie catfish and bluegill. They are inedible, of course, but the sheer pleasure of catching something alive out of the sewage system that isn't a rodent or a pest is the biggest thrill. You never know what is lurking in your sewers. We have all heard the tale of sewer crocodiles and sewer snakes, but never heard of sewer fish for that matter.
Of course, this practice is unhygienic but the sewer he fishes from is a storm sewer and it does not contain human waste material. It collects everything and anything that runs off the street such as torrential rain, motor oil and dog mess.
Kyle can be seen lowering the rope with a hook and a piece of bait into the sewer. He doesn’t use line because it keeps on breaking since it is more fragile. Then, he looks downwards and lifts up the rope to discover a large mudcat caught on the end of the rope. What a joy!