RE: Bottle Fishing
My grandfather, who ran a fishing camp on Lake Buchanan, called it "trot-line" fishing. We used to go out on the lake with him in the mornings and bait the trot lines decorated by bleach bottles he had let us draw happy faces etc...on. Later in the day we would go "run the trot-lines".
He caught tons of catfish, channel cats, and some times alligator gars which he would bonk over the head and throw back.
The biggest exciment was sometimes he would hook a huge "yellow-cat". Then he would take us kids back to shore and get the "men-folk" to go back out and help him wrestle it in. I think the biggest one was about 67 pounds.
As for the noodling, my father is an Okie boy, and he just laughs about it, and said he never was brave enough to try it.
Sometime last year, there was a program about it on PBS. A real eye-opener!