From what I was told, in the colder months you are less likely to run across snakes or big turtles. I don't know man, I love to fish but this might be going overboard. I might as well try it once in my life.
I was 15 teen when I tried it my friends told me about noodling I didn't believe it then they showed me then it was my turn when you do it you find out you aren't so bad & it will bring you down to earth they also told me about snakes & turtles.If you do it take some photos & post them.
Never tried it but saw a good show on PBS about a few families that do it and have for generations. It looks crazy, dangerous, and fun. Thay say if you aint careful they will grab your hand and spin. I guess if they're big enough your wrist will be broken. I got snapped by a blue once removing a hook and it felt like it got hit with a hammer.