To get started in hand fishing, find a waterway that is known to contain catfish and other large slow species (in an area where this activity is legal). Wear shoes, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves, and wade out into the water. Use your feet to feel for structures that could harbor a fish, and then reach your hand into them. This almost always requires diving. If this works as planned, the fish will move forward and bite your hand. Fight your natural urge to pull your hand away. Leave your hand in the fish’s mouth and pull it toward you. Wrap your free arm around the fish, being careful to avoid contact with the barbs on the fish’s fins.