MSU trying to hook grabblers for research project

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University is looking

for a few good fish grabblers.

Researchers at the university are conducting a study through

December. They're trying to understand what motivates people to

risk personal injury by reaching into dark, underwater holes to

grab a fish instead of using the traditional hook-and-line method.

Grabblers are looking for large catfish, but they may find a

turtle, snake or some other creature clamping down on their hand.

Kevin Hunt, associate professor in Mississippi State's Forest

and Wildlife Research Center, says Mississippi is one of the few

states that does not restrict the number of fish caught or place a

limit on the size of fish when grabbling.

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