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Who needs a tackle box, bait and rod to bag catfish when bare hands and feet reel 'em in just as well? It's called hand fishing, and with years of experience and unbridled enthusiasm for a sport that many Americans don't understand, Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson are experts at it. This series profiles the self-proclaimed hillbillies as they operate Big Fish Adventures, an Oklahoma business that introduces city slickers to the thrill of "noodling" catfish without rods and hooks. "It's a baptism of sorts when we dunk these adventurers," Bivins says. "They come back up with a renewed sense of excitement, a catfish that will blow their minds, and a look on their faces that never gets old for Jackson and me." That look may also be the result of noodlers encountering snakes, beavers, muskrats and snapping turtles that make homes out of abandoned catfish holes.

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Rockers, Las Vegas showgirls and a pair of Southern policemen wade into the waters.
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Two New Yorkers; a father and daughter; an older couple.
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A mother and daughter from Boston; co-workers from Maryland; a pair of metrosexuals.
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An Irish couple seek an all-American experience; two Hollywood scream queens face a different type of horror; two pub owners try their luck on the river.
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Mechanics, gospel singers and female wrestlers contend with worsening weather conditions during their Oklahoma fishing experience.
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New arrivals on the Red River include a married Louisiana couple, a mother and son from New Jersey, and a father-daughter duo from New Mexico.
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Miami beauty queens, fist-pumping Jersey boys and a couple of nerds from Minnesota all try their hand at catching catfish.
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Skipper and Jackson choose teams from the visiting newbie noodlers; two Ohio women dare to get dangerous; energetic New Jersey pastors seek the ultimate prize.
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Massachusetts models, college buddies and an unhappily married couple try to nab catfish.
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Sisters from Beverly Hills; two brainiacs from Berkeley; tattoo mavens from Kentucky.
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Two socialites; college basketball players; newlyweds.
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Oklahoma car salesmen try to coax catfish out of their holes; a pair of New Jersey girls wades into the muddy waters; two Los Angeles men serve as team captains.
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Pennsylvania police officers keep a close eye on the competition; cocktail waitresses from Reno, Nev., try Okie noodling; two New Jersey ballroom dancers adapt to country life.

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