The Bivins clan of handfishers are conquering the world of reality television. On Wednesday nights Animal Planet airs "Hillbilly Handfishin'" featuring Skip Bivins, and now fans of handfishing (or noodling as it's called down south) can watch Skip's cousin Scooter in action on "Mudcats" (Thurs., 10 p.m. EST on History).
The show follows six teams of hand-fishermen as they compete to take home the title in Oklahoma's Okie Noodling Competition.
In the first episode viewers were introduced to heavily mustachioed contender Marion Kincaid, a.k.a. the "Catfish King," who showed off his extreme noodling prowess with a whopper of a catch.
As his fishing partner Mark looked on nervously, Marion surged up from the depths of the river with his hand inserted in the mouth of a massive catfish. It had taken three hours of noodling to collar "the slippery giant," but it was worth it.
Weighing in at almost 50 lbs the catfish put the pair ahead, but with seven more weeks to go, will they catch enough to take the title away from Scooter?
"Mudcats" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on History.
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