For the past four years, Katy, Texas teen Kyle Naegeli has specialized in sewer fishing. It started when his dad bet him five dollars that he couldn’t catch any fish in the storm sewer in front of his house, according to the Lone Star Chronicles. Hundreds of fish and YouTube views later, Kyle has definitely proven his dad wrong.
Don’t worry, Naegeli doesn’t eat any of his catch—he releases them, according to The Houston Chronicle. The fish evidently swim into the storm drains from a nearby pond.
Naegeli uses cheap hot dog pieces and shad for bait, which he then threads through the top of the manhole cover. He told the Houston Chronicle, “Sometimes it takes a few hours to catch something.” His patience is rewarded when he reaches his arm through the sewer hole in the curb and pulls out his catch. Bass, perch, catfish, and bullheads have all found their way into Naegeli’s hands via his sewer fishing methods.
Naegeli uses two GoPro cameras to record his fishing activities, then puts the glorious footage up on YouTube. He makes a little money off his YouTube views, but he told WFAA it’s really just a few dollars a month, and is a hobby more than anything.
Mom Lori is very proud of what her son has accomplished. She says family and friends have started to call him “the fish whisperer” because he’s so talented. She told WFAA, “Everywhere he goes, he catches fish. It’s his passion, it’s what he likes to do.”
One mudcat Naegeli caught was so big, he had to use a net to fish it out of the sewer.
Sewer fishing isn’t always so easy, though. Sometimes, accidents happen.
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— Kyle Naegeli (@Fish_Whisperer1) January 25, 2015
When he’s not sewer fishing or finishing high school, Naegeli is doing other types of fishing. He even has some pet bass living in a pond in his backyard that he’s taught to do tricks. One of those tricks even got revined 5,500 times and has nearly 11,000 likes.
Unsurprisingly, Naegeli wants to either be a professional fisherman or work with wildlife when he grows up. Given his sewer-fishing skills, we think he has a pretty good head start.