No Fishing Pole, No Problem: Animal Planet’s ‘Hillbilly Handfishin” Premieres Sunday

Trent Jackson & Skipper Bivens from "Hillbilly Handfishin'"
Trent Jackson & Skipper Bivins from "Hillbilly Handfishin'"

Yes, I am from Oklahoma. When people find that out, I often get a series of questions: Did I grow up on a farm? (No.) Do I say “soda” or “pop”? (Neither, I call a bubbly beverage Coke, regardless of brand.) One question that I haven’t heard (but I suspect I will in the coming days): Have I ever gone noodling?

Why do I suspect I’ll hear this? On Sunday at 10pm ET/PT, Animal Planet will introduce viewers to Hillbilly Handfishin’ and noodling — the crazy sport where men and women catch catfish with their bare hands and feet. In the new 12-part series, Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson help city dwellers learn how to noodle catfish with their fingers and toes replacing lures and hooks (while avoiding snakes and other animals that dwell in the murky waters in Oklahoma). Check out one woman’s first time noodling below and find out how to hand fish in a few simple steps. Let’s just say this is a sport I’ll be fine just watching on TV…like boxing or bobsledding.